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Tag: Affordable Care Act


Obama must step up his game on health reform

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

There is no way to spin the White House’s retreat on the employer mandate as a good omen for the Affordable Care Act.

The mandate – a requirement that companies offer health benefits if they employ 50 or more full-time workers – was supposed to be one of the easier parts of health care reform. It was just a matter of the Treasury Department and Department of Health and Human Services writing regulations and companies providing payroll information.

But employers have been complaining loudly about confusion and costs – and threatening to

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McKenna on why he lost

Erik Smith has an interesting interview with Rob McKenna on the Washington State Wire, dissecting the former attorney general’s thoughts on why he lost the gubernatorial race to Democrat Jay Inslee in November. Read it here.

McKenna points to the lack of success all but one Republican had in getting elected statewide in Washington and cites growing partisan polarization and being hurt by the national party’s image problems. Even though he had most newspaper endorsements (including The News Tribune’s) and carried 47 of the state’s 49 a majority of the state’s legislative districts, he couldn’t overcome the overwhelmingly Democratic

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Unintended (but good) possible consequences of Obamacare

I’ve read a lot of commentary about the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) and the Supreme Court decision, but I haven’t seen much about what might be one of its best consequences – if the legislation survives: job creation.

Eugene Robinson touches on it in his column that appears Friday in the print edition. He writes:

Tying health insurance to the workplace also distorts the labor market and discourages entrepreneurship by forcing some employees to stay where they are – even in dead-end jobs – rather than give up health insurance. For healthy individuals, it is crushingly expensive to buy insurance

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Repeal ‘Obamacare’? Show us the alternative

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

OK, Republicans, let’s see your health care bill.

The new GOP majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is poised today to repeal last year’s Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare” – take your pick). It’s an empty gesture as far as lawmaking goes: The Democratic majority in the Senate won’t second the motion, and President Obama certainly wouldn’t sign a repeal of his signature legislation.

But Republicans hope to follow up with piecemeal attacks on the 2010 package that might eventually gut it. The fattest target is the law’s requirement that most Americans carry health insurance. It’s unpopular; it’s also a way to prevent freeloaders from buying insurance after they get sick, then dropping it as soon as they’ve had their babies or their hip replacements.

The Affordable Care Act promises to do the job of extending medical coverage to most Americans, but it is not a work of art. A repeal would be fantastic – if the law were being replaced with something better. The problem is, congressional Republicans aren’t offering a better bill. In fact, they’re offering no bill at all.
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