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Let’s try to stick to the real world when we talk about Medicaid,

The Incidental Economist addresses election snippets that keep on going, just like in the movies.  Read the whole thing: Let’s try to stick to the real world when we talk about Medicaid, by Aaron Carroll: (Note: Paul Krugman cites here. Tyler Cowen responds here. I respond to Cowen’s response here.) Tyler Cowen had a piece […]

Health Care Thoughts: Crazy like Foxes

by Tom aka Rusty Rustbelt Health Care Thoughts: Crazy like Foxes? Several governors are announcing they will not begin building the state health exchanges required by PPACA (Obamacare). Some of this is pure partisan, and some a stall until November. Failure to comply will result in the feds installing exchanges in those states. The states […]

Tax Foundation Misses the Ball (again) in its analysis of Supreme Court Health Care Ruling

by Linda Beale Tax Foundation Misses the Ball (again) in its analysis of Supreme Court Health Care Ruling The Tax Foundation pretends to be non-partisan.  Of course we all know that is pretense.  Look at the way it has pushed its concept of the so-called “tax freedom day”, which misleads everyday Americans into thinking that […]

The Same as MA Healthcare Premiums, the ACA Premiums are too Costly . . .

by Run75441 The Same as MA Healthcare Premiums, the ACA Premiums are too Costly . . . Chicken Little, Courtesy of “EW.Com Entertainment Weekly”I have listened to many  stating the MA subsidies do not go far enough in alleviating the costs of healthcare for a family not covered by an Employer Subsidized Healthcare plan. Even […]

Opponents Into Frenzy

by Barkley Rosserre-posted from Econospeak with permission from the author Lack Of Market Reaction To SCOTUS Ruling On Obamacare Sends Opponents Into Frenzy The day before yesterday, former Obama advisor Austan Goolsbee published a column in the Wall Street Journal entitled “The Supreme Court Rules, The Market Yawns,” noting only a small drop in the […]

Guest post: Health Insurance Rebates Show How Bad Insurers and State Regulators Can Be

There is and will be a lot of conversation about the efficacy of the ACA (Affordable Care Act), whether it is a step to deal with the health care cost juggernaut or mostly a boon to private insurers.  What is true is that ‘medical inflation’ has resumed to previous levels of year to year increase […]

Sorta Interesting … (Updated!)*

Thought y’all would enjoy this post, on one of THE BIG DEAL law-profs’ blogs.  It’s bloggers are right- to center-right libertarians, all (or at least most) of them former law clerks to one of the conservative Supreme Court justices. Ah. And this is even moreinteresting.  Woo-hoo! —–UPDATE: Welll.  Hmmm.  As I said earlier today in a […]

Estimated returns from the MLR (administrative costs to medical costs)

Bruce Webb on Angry Bear was among the first of bloggers to point out that this aspect of the Medical Loss Ratio begins in 2009 and  here and points again to the MLR as it comes into play. A non-profit group estimates if the Affordable Care Act provisions had been effect in 2010, U.S consumers would […]

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Strange Political Prediction—And Other Recent ACA-Litigation Events

by Beverly Mann Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Strange Political Prediction—And Other Recent ACA-Litigation Events Well, as you all probably know by now, there have been two major developments in the courts within the last two weeks on the litigation challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the ACA, a.k.a., “Obamacare). On November […]