In Sunday’s Daily News, fellow Michael Cohen explains how President Obama’s now much-debunked claim that “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it” under the Affordable Care Act illustrates one of the basics of the American electorate: We clamor for change, then complain when changes affect us.READ MORE
The recent rollout of the Affordable Care Act healthcare exchanges has many speculating about the pros and cons for American citizens. Fellow Edward Kleinbard writes his take in the Washington Post on the health care subsidy of which those who need it least are already taking advantage.
"What we are witnessing today are individuals who already receive government health-care handouts attempting to prevent others from obtaining similar (but smaller in aggregate amount) health-care subsidies, as well. And as a group, today’s recipients of government health-care subsidies are better off to begin with than are those they wish to exclude."
We won't know the full consequences of the shutdown of the federal government for some time. But we do know that if Congress refuses to increase the debt limit, leaving the United States without the ability to pay bills it has already incurred, the impact on the financial markets and the economy is likely to be swift, drastic, and painful. Why then are Congressional Republicans willing to risk being blamed for such far-reaching disasters?READ MORE
Are you ready for Obamacare?
Three and a half years, one Supreme Court case, and more than 43 repeal attempts later, President Obama’s signature health care law has hit prime time as of October 1.
This means the new state health insurance marketplaces—a signature feature of Obamacare—are now open for business.READ MORE
"House Republicans are threatening to shut down the federal government in an ideological temper tantrum aimed at the president and his signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A government shutdown is an untenable situation. It's even less tenable for the party that causes it. Should their brinksmanship extend past September 30, House Republicans would be poised to take the overwhelming brunt of the blame."
TCF fellow Harold Pollack analyzes for Wonkblog the Institute of Medicine's new report, "Delivering high-quality cancer care: charting a new course for a system in crisis." The IOM's recommendations, Pollack writes, "are so obvious and yet would be so difficult to execute in our high-tech but unwieldy, costly and fragmented health-care delivery system."
"The IOM makes plain that our cancer care system is particularly poorly organized to properly care for people with advanced cancers."
Compared to other advanced nations, America’s retirement security and health care systems offer weaker protections against risks we all face. The Century Foundation’s work focuses on ideas for strengthening Social Security, pensions, and health care – including steps for building on the Affordable Care Act.
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