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  •  Narrative is changing on health care/ACA? (2+ / 0-)
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    The source is obviously biased but the stuff it links to is starting to show a turn around.

    Ezra Klein was proclaiming disaster October 1st, so its also notable to see him turning around.

    •  There was (2+ / 0-)
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      an interesting article on NPR I read this morning talking about three people in California who had their health plans canceled and aren't pissed off about it. That's because the plans they found on Covered California (CA's state health exchange) were far superior to the old ones they once had.

      Even for the one person interviewed for the article who had her premiums go up by $24 a month, she probably will save money in the long run because she was paying $400-450 a month for mammograms which are now fully covered under the new plan she signed up for. Plus her deductible drops from $5,000 in the canceled plan to $2,000 in the new plan.

      Of course unfortunately in politics perceptions is everything and of course is still in shambles though I heard they are increasingly confident the site will be mostly up and running by November 30th.

      The Republican party is now an extreme right-wing party that is owned by their billionaire campaign contributors. - Bernie Sanders

      by ehstronghold on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 09:59:21 AM PST

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    •  Hopefully that's the case (0+ / 0-)

      I think we wont know until April. By the time the enrollment period will be over, and hopefully, everyone who needs health insurance is able to go on to the website, and check out/select their options.

      If we have a significant number of uninsured who have signed up and many others with individual policies(including cancelled policies) who have found  new coverage they are happy with, then I think things will be okay, the narrative will turn around.

    •  Paul Krugman thinks that the overall structure (2+ / 0-)
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      James Allen, Audrid

      is pretty secure. And since this is a policy thread, I will explicitly leave out political considerations.1 I would not second-guess him lightly, but I have my doubts.

      Aside from all of the implementation problems, I worry that people will be paying for insurance policies that they cannot afford to use. A "bronze" (or even silver) plan might be a great idea for me. But I can't really see how it is a good solution for someone who does not have thousands stashed away to pay for a deductible. Probably better than nothing because of the preventive care. But arguably, that's the sort of thing that you don't need to insure for, strictly speaking.

      More importantly, I do not believe that our regulatory structure--state or federal--is equipped to protect individuals from their insurers. For the source of my doubts, consult your homeowners or renters insurance policy. Take a particularly close look at the exclusions.

      1 A law school professor visiting from Italy told me a few years ago that Europeans--or, at least, Italians--see this distinction as bizarre. After all, the words have the same root. I am inclined to agree.

      Ok, so I read the polls.

      by andgarden on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 03:03:23 PM PST

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      •  I think the distinction is electoral consequences (1+ / 0-)
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        it doesn't make any sense to separate "politics" from "policy".

        ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

        by James Allen on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 03:14:38 PM PST

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