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Affordable Care Act Potholes

New Orleans        Some twelve million people may have enrolled under the Affordable Care Act, but that doesn’t mean that Obamacare can catch a break.  Everywhere we turn there seems to be more potholes on the road.

Of course there’s the decision due in June by the Supreme Court on whether or not subsidies can be offered […]

Narrow Networks Prove Price, not Choice, Rules Healthcare Decisions

New Orleans          It’s becoming increasingly obvious that deep down without being willing to admit it, Americans are voting with their feet on the issue of health care and the tally is showing that their real preference would probably be the British National Health Service.  Now, there’s no likelihood of that happening of course but narrow […]

Uneven Results in North Carolina Indicate that New Nonprofit Hospital Rule Might Work

New Orleans   A combination of factors has curbed some, but not all, of the appetite for nonprofit hospitals’ frenzy of legal actions against lower income families in North Carolina, giving hope that the new Affordable Care Act restrictions against draconian collection practices might actually be effective.

We have been following closely whether or not nonprofit hospitals […]

Affordable Care Act Backwash

New Orleans         Talking to Professor Adam Seth Levine of Cornell University on Wade’s World  about his new book, American Insecurity:  Why Our Economic Fears Lead to Inaction, about how our political and organizational communication can subvert our own message or “self-undermining rhetoric” in his words, I asked him for his opinion about how the Administration “sold” […]

The Fight over Hours is a Surprising Conservative Endorsement of Obamacare

New Orleans            Since the Republicans cannot realistically repeal the Affordable Care Act, one of the long predicted and now emerging fights in the new Republican Congress is over the definition of hours as a way to dilute the employer mandate to provide coverage.  Currently under Obamacare anything over 30 hours per week requires coverage and […]

Losing Money on the Obamacare Rollover

Waveland     The window opened on the Affordable Care Act for changes in policies and closed again after a short month. The reports from CMS indicate that some 9 million or so either renewed by their own volition or automatically rolled over their renewal with their existing carriers in mid-December. This is good news, but there […]