Archive for the ‘Health Care’ Category

Sorry, Mr. Puzder: no correlation between exchange premiums and restaurant employment

December 9th, 2016

My colleague Ben Spielberg made this neat scatterplot today in reference to a claim by Labor Secretary designee Andrew Puzder. Puzder claimed that a “government mandated restaurant recession” was caused by rising premiums in the Obamacare exchanges. The idea is that consumers, after paying for health coverage, didn’t have enough left to go out to… Read more

It’s harder than Trump thinks to pull a thread or two out of the ACA.

November 12th, 2016

All the papers this AM tell me of softening in some of president-elect Trump’s positions, including health care, immigration, trade, and more. Some of his aides are straight-up saying that a lot of that stuff was just campaign talk. He wouldn’t be the first to make such pivots. Moreover, his campaign wasn’t exactly policy driven… Read more

Congressman Todd Young gets it wrong: Obama is not a job killer–not in the US–not in Indiana

October 26th, 2016

“It’s a real job killer…It’s no wonder we’re not growing more jobs in this country.” So spoke Indiana Republican Congressman Todd Young last week referring to the employment impact of the Affordable Care Act. To be clear, in the interest of sanity, I don’t listen to every debate, but I happen to be driving around… Read more

The correct, non-alarmist framework within which to discuss our fiscal challenges

October 19th, 2016

I couldn’t agree more with David Leonhardt’s anti-alarmist framework regarding the “debt and entitlements” question that’s likely to come up in tonight’s final (woo-hoo!!) presidential debate. David’s rap is much like my own in this recent testimony. It’s particularly germane in this political context because alarmism is often a tactic by those whose true motivation… Read more