8 comments in reply to "Keep the government out of my Obamacare!"

  1. Larry Signor says:

    When we see universal health care as the Affordable Care Act instead of “Obamacare”, we may begin to understand the effectiveness of a successful health care program. The politicization of the ACA via the misnomer “Obamacare” is such an obvious GOP ploy that I don’t understand the continued usage of the term by proponents of the ACA. This is not a minor point in our image driven culture (on a stylistic level, folks I know love their new insurance, but hate “Obamacare”). But, (there is always a “but”), I agree with your econometric analysis. Nice work.


    • Jared Bernstein says:

      I used to stress this point and then Obama started calling it “Obamacare” so I gave up. And what if it becomes really popular, like Medicare? Of course, then they might want to change the name to McConnellcare.


      • Jill SH says:

        I suspect some day it may be called Robamneycare.

        Nowadays, I’ll start out talking about the ACA, then, in an aside, say “you know, Obamacare”, just to start stressing it’s really a standing law with many facets.


  2. Jill SH says:

    Ah, risk pooling.

    People don’t really notice how much risk the pool has already absorbed. That’s the government pool I’m talking about.

    First are the biggies, Medicare and Medicaid, which cover the really high-risk groups, the elderly, the disabled, and the poor. Then there’s the military, another fairly high risk group if you think about wars. Then there’s all the employees whose health coverage is paid for by tax dollars: police; fire fighters; teachers; federal, state, county, and municipal employees.

    That leaves only the working age population and their children to be covered by private insurance companies. Should be pretty profitable since government really took a lot of risk out of the pool.

    Or as I like to put it: Everyone contributes. Everyone benefits. Medicare for everyone.


  3. SeattleAlex says:

    JB Daily Show cameo alert! (Last night)


  4. Tom in MN says:

    It”s a success and yet Democrats ran away from it for the election. All the Dems, including the President, approach to it has been poor: people with the insurance like it and the average american does not. Complete PR fail.


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