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Mon Jun 29, 2015, 12:32 PM

Krugman: Hurray for Obamacare. The great conservative nightmare has come true.

Was I on the edge of my seat, waiting for the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare subsidies? No — I was pacing the room, too nervous to sit, worried that the court would use one sloppily worded sentence to deprive millions of health insurance, condemn tens of thousands to financial ruin, and send thousands to premature death.

It didn’t. And that means that the big distractions — the teething problems of the website, the objectively ludicrous but nonetheless menacing attempts at legal sabotage — are behind us, and we can focus on the reality of health reform. The Affordable Care Act is now in its second year of full operation; how’s it doing?

The answer is, better than even many supporters realize.


Now, you might wonder why a law that works so well and does so much good is the object of so much political venom — venom that is, by the way, on full display in Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissenting opinion, with its rants against “interpretive jiggery-pokery.” But what conservatives have always feared about health reform is the possibility that it might succeed, and in so doing remind voters that sometimes government action can improve ordinary Americans’ lives.

That’s why the right went all out to destroy the Clinton health plan in 1993, and tried to do the same to the Affordable Care Act. But Obamacare has survived, it’s here, and it’s working. The great conservative nightmare has come true. And it’s a beautiful thing.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/26/opinion/paul-krugman-hooray-for-the-aca.html

Nice to hear from Krugman on the success of Obamacare.

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 12:58 PM

1. And now it will do even better

Without the uncertainty of the SCOTUS decision looming.
My brother is self-employed, his wife is now on disability. He was terrified that the law would be ripped out from underneath him, now that he is depending on them getting an Exchange plan when his wife's COBRA runs out.

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Mon Jun 29, 2015, 01:25 PM

2. Well ...

 

What about costs? In 2013 there were dire warnings about a looming “rate shock”; instead, premiums came in well below expectations. In 2014 the usual suspects declared that huge premium increases were looming for 2015; the actual rise was just 2 percent. There was another flurry of scare stories about rate hikes earlier this year


So much for the triple digit rate increases that some DUers have claimed. We;;, perhaps not ... going for no premiums (i.e., no insurance) to having to pay something, would represent a huge rate increase. Wouldn't it?

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 01:28 PM

3. A lot of DUers were predicting doom and gloom, much like the right wing Obamacare opponents

 

They're all sorely disappointed.

Not bad for a POS used car salesman.

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