Fragmented Health System Paves Way for CVS-Aetna Merger

UserFriendly recommended this Real News Network report, in which Bill Black gives a high-level view of how structural issues contribute to America’s inflated health care costs. AARON MATÉ: It’s The Real News. I’m Aaron Maté. In what is being called the biggest merger in the history of the health insurance industry, CVS is reportedly making […]

Paul Krugman: Obamacare Rage in Retrospect

"What was Obamacare rage about?":
Obamacare Rage in Retrospect, by Paul Krugman, NY Times: I guess it ain’t over until the portly golfer sings, but it does look as if Obamacare will survive. ...
It’s true that the tweeter in chief retains considerable ability to sabotage care, but Republicans are basically begging him to stop, believing — correctly — that the public will blame them for any future deterioration in coverage.
Why did Obamacare survive? The shocking answer: It’s still here because it does so much good. ...
Which raises a big question: Why did the prospect of health reform produce so much popular rage in 2009 and 2010?
I’m not talking about the rage of G.O.P. apparatchiks, who hated and feared the A.C.A., not because they thought it would fail, but because they were afraid it would work. (It has.) Nor am
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Fears Obamacare Would Be a Job Killer Were Wrong, Study Finds

Projections that the Obama administration’s signature health-care legislation would drive workers out of the labor force have proved wrong, according to a new paper by researchers at Stanford University. The Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, has had no net impact on the number of working adults, according to the paper by Mark Duggan, Emilie Jackson and Gopi Shah Goda. The nonpartisan  Congressional Budget Office projected in 2014 that under the law, workers would cut back hours due to their increased ability to obtain health insurance independently, rather than through an employer. The CBO said the decrease in hours worked would be equivalent to about 2 million fewer full-time workers by 2017, and about 2.5 million fewer by 2024, compared with what would occur without the law. But several years into the ACA’s implementation, the CBO’s expectations have not been borne out, the researchers found. Continue reading "Fears Obamacare Would Be a Job Killer Were Wrong, Study Finds"

Paul Krugman: Health Care Is Still in Danger

"The latest round of falsehoods about health care, combined with the defamation of the C.B.O., may be gaining some political traction":
Health Care Is Still in Danger, by Paul Krugman, NY Times: Will Senate Republicans try to destroy health care under cover of a constitutional crisis? That’s a serious question, based in part on what happened in the House...
As you may remember, back in March attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act seemed dead after the Congressional Budget Office released a devastating assessment..., the House Republican bill would lead to 23 million more uninsured Americans. Faced with intense media scrutiny and an outpouring of public opposition, House leaders pulled their bill, and the debate seemed over.
But then media attention moved on to presidential tweets and other outrages — and with the spotlight off, House leaders bullied and bribed enough holdouts to
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