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    Higher Premiums—Both Now and Later

    One of then-Senator Obama’s promises for Obamacare was a $2,500 premium reduction. But as we know, health insurance premiums continue to rise. Last week’s release of the annual Kaiser Family Foundation survey of employer-sponsored health coverage again illustrated Obamacare’s failure to reduce health costs. According to the survey, health insurance … More

    Morning Bell: Obamacare, Simplified

    With open enrollment in Obamacare’s exchanges set to start in fewer than three months, the law’s supporters are attempting to change the subject from Obamacare’s many delays and glitches. Instead, they’re mounting a campaign to sell the unpopular measure to the public. President Obama yesterday gave a speech on Obamacare, … More

    The Policy Behind the Obamacare Rebates

    President Obama’s speech today on Obamacare had a heavy focus on the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) provision. The provision, which took effect last year, requires insurers in the individual and small-group markets to spend 80 percent of premiums (85 percent for insurers in the large-group market) on medical claims or … More

    What Obama’s Campaign Group Won’t Tell You About Obamacare

    Organizing for Action, President Obama’s campaign group, is out this morning with its first advertisement promoting Obamacare. The ad claims to tell the “facts” surrounding the law, but here’s what it doesn’t tell you: Claim: “Free Preventive Care for 34 Million” Fact: Obamacare forces insurers to cover preventive services without … More

    Ezra Klein Can't Save Obamacare's Broken Premium Promise

    Ezra Klein’s column in Bloomberg this week attempted to defend then-Senator Barack Obama’s repeated promises to lower premiums by $2,500. Unfortunately for Klein, virtually all of his defenses fall short. First, Klein claims that “there was no time frame attached to the promise.” On this count, he’s flat-out wrong. Campaign … More

    Obama: There Will Be “Bumps” and “Glitches” in Obamacare

    In light of negative comments made by Congressional Democrats, President Obama discussed the implementation of Obamacare at a press conference this week, explaining that “even if we do everything perfectly, there’ll still be, you know, glitches and bumps, and there’ll be stories that can be written that says, oh, look, … More

    Morning Bell: President Says Obamacare Is Going Great

    Obamacare is “working fine,” President Obama said yesterday in his press conference. It’s made health insurance “stronger, better, more secure than it was before.” There are just a few slight details left to be implemented, but we shouldn’t worry about those, according to the President. Right. There’s nothing to worry … More

    Kaiser Study on Medicare Assumes Seniors Don't Like Lower Prices

    The Kaiser Family Foundation just released a study that grossly misrepresents the premium-support model of Medicare reform and apparently misunderstands normal market dynamics and the differences between efficiency, choice, and higher premiums. The Kaiser study assumes that an entire class of Americans—senior citizens—is insensitive to price. In reality, seniors are … More

    Medicare Part D Proves That Competition Lowers Health Care Spending

    Some policymakers have difficulty understanding competition’s role in health care. There is a historical reason: With a legacy of third-party micromanagement, something like Medicare Part D—a program where about 1,100 drug plans compete for enrollees—is remarkably foreign. Several analysts cite this program as a marked success for competition in health … More

    New Poll Shows Obamacare Less Popular by the Day

    There’s more bad news for Obamacare. A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that 51 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, while only 34 percent see it favorably. Kaiser reports that this is “a low point in Kaiser polls … More