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#ObamaCare predictions from ~2010: Whose #ACA calls were correct?

Charles Blahous of the Mercatus Center and Hoover Institution describes how the ObamaCare he made in 2010 have proved correct, and the predictions of Obamacare supports have proved false. The predictions include:

  1. States will make a variety of decisions with respect to expanding Medicaid.
  2. Expanding Medicaid will cost the states money, in part because of the “woodwork effect.”
  3. The ACA will significantly worsen the federal budget deficit.
  4. Expanding health insurance coverage will increase health service consumption and costs.
  5. There was a substantial risk that cost savings projected for several ACA provisions would not fully materialize.

Read more: I Was Right About the ACA | e21 – Economic Policies for the 21st Century.

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Is Another Politically Motivated Delay of Obamacare On the Way?

From Reason:

Remember, Obamacare is the law of theland. And there’s absolutely no messing with it. Unless you are the Obama administration, and it’s an election year.

In The Hill, Elise Viebeck reports  on the latest delay anticipated for the health care legislation.

Read more: Is Another Politically Motivated Delay of Obamacare On the Way? – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

See also:

35 Changes to ObamaCare…So Far | Galen Institute.

Related:PPACA’s Corrupting Lawlessness: The new health care law’s proponents have done long-lasting damage to constitutional order. By Christina Sandefur and Timothy Sandefur

 

 

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Improvisational government: 35 Changes to ObamaCare…So Far.

From the Galen Institute:

By our count at the Galen Institute, more than 35 significant changes already have been made to ObamaCare: at least 18 that President Obama has made unilaterally, 15 that Congress has passed and the president has signed, and 2 by the Supreme Court. But even this large number of changes hasn’t stopped the cascade of failures we are seeing today in the implementation of the law.

More: 35 Changes to ObamaCare…So Far | Galen Institute.

Via “Of Course He Should Be Impeached,” by David Catron.

Related:PPACA’s Corrupting Lawlessness: The new health care law’s proponents have done long-lasting damage to constitutional order. By Christina Sandefur and Timothy Sandefur

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The Administration’s Continually Shifting Standards for Obamacare’s Success

Peter Suderman at Reason:

At this point, the White House has backed off so many of its own definitions of success that it’s not clear what would constitute a failure. The administration seems to be defining Obamacare success if it continues to exist.

More: The Administration’s Continually Shifting Standards for Obamacare’s Success – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

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Government-run insurance exchanges: hampered by finances, complexity, and incompetance

In the Wall Street Journal, John Goodman explains why “The Government Is the Worst Vendor Possible for Managing Health-Insurance Exchanges.” Excerpts:

One problem is that too little money was budgeted for creating the exchanges, which are the online markets where people can choose among competing health plans and prices. …

A second problem is complexity. The Obama administration wants something the federal government has never done: a computer system that connects HHS, the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, Homeland Security and perhaps other departments. This is a herculean task with unclear benefits. …

A third and much bigger problem is competency. … In July 2011, Fortune magazine reported that the government is spending $80 billion a year on buying and operating information technology, and much of it is simply wasted.  …

One of the worst mistakes the federal government makes is the tendency to try to reinvent systems the private sector has already invented. The government has been true to form under the health-reform law, completely ignoring private exchanges that are up and running.

John Goodman: Navigating the ObamaCare Maze – WSJ.com.

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AP: “Some unions now angry about health care overhaul”

The AP reports:

Some labor unions that enthusiastically backed President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul are now frustrated and angry, fearful that it will jeopardize benefits for millions of their members. …

While unions knew there were lingering issues after the law passed, they believed those could be fixed through rulemaking.

But last month, the union representing roofers issued a statement calling for “repeal or complete reform” of the health care law. Kinsey Robinson, president of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, complained that labor’s concerns over the health care law “have not been addressed, or in some instances, totally ignored.”

“In the rush to achieve its passage, many of the act’s provisions were not fully conceived, resulting in unintended consequences that are inconsistent with the promise that those who were satisfied with their employer-sponsored coverage could keep it,” Robinson said.

Some unions now angry about health care overhaul – Yahoo! News.

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Is Obamacare’s Fatal Flaw Taking Effect?

Paul Hsieh, MD writes:

The past month hasn’t been good for supporters of the Obamacare health law. One leading advocate, Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana), admitted that the implementation would be a “train wreck.” A recent study of Oregon health outcomes cast doubt on the benefits of expanding government health care, such that even the left-leaning Slate called it “bad news for ObamaCare.” The American public remains deeply skeptical of the law. In response, the federal government has been mounting a big public relations campaign to sell Americans on the alleged benefits of Obamacare.

More: PJ Media » Is Obamacare’s Fatal Flaw Taking Effect?.

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