Smooth Sailing from Here On Out, Right?
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Politics

Smooth Sailing from Here On Out, Right?

This past Saturday (November 15, 2014) marked the beginning of the open enrollment period for 2015 Affordable Care Act plans. All indications are that this year’s enrollment period is functioning much smoother than last year’s, which is good for the administration. The national website has functioned much better than last year and a majority of … Continue reading

King v. Burwell: Political Consequences
Politics

King v. Burwell: Political Consequences

Last Friday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in King v. Burwell. Although it was a relist from last week’s conference—increasing the odds of granting certiorari to 49%–the quickness of the announcement caught many by surprise. Following the Court’s announcement, legal experts have expressed disagreement over the merits of the case: both proponents and detractors of … Continue reading

California’s Proposition 45: Why it Failed and Its Indictment on the Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / healthcare premiums / Politics

California’s Proposition 45: Why it Failed and Its Indictment on the Affordable Care Act

Tuesday (November 4) was a big day for the Republican Party, gaining seven seats in the Senate giving them control of both chambers of Congress. In all of the excitement about the momentum change in federal politics, there was a proposition being voted on in California that went relatively unnoticed when it should not have. … Continue reading

The Rise of Narrow Networks: Is Your Doc Covered?
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare

The Rise of Narrow Networks: Is Your Doc Covered?

A great fear in delivering universal health coverage is that our system would adopt the more limited access to care that other countries currently experience. While addressing many issues that previously prevented individuals from gaining coverage in the past, the Affordable Care Act fails to lay adequate standards for coverage once people become insured. As … Continue reading

Obamacare Cost Cutting: Rumor or Reality?
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Medicare / Politics

Obamacare Cost Cutting: Rumor or Reality?

Over the past 50 years, healthcare costs have risen to unprecedented levels.  With expenses approaching 18% GDP, the federal government thought it necessary to intervene.  The hope was and is that the growth of healthcare costs can be curbed and that, in doing so, federal expenditures on Medicare would decrease and contribute less to the … Continue reading