Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Individual mandate is starting to work, but Obamacare still failing the working poor; Trump waffles on single-payer; GOP mainstream starts becoming more specific on a replacement plan

Vox Kliff has an interesting perspective about the individual mandate in Vox today: “Obamacare supporters don’t like talking about it, but the individual mandate is working”  Particularly, young adults are starting to sign up because the penalties have increased rapidly.

But USA Today on Tuesday has a story by Jayne O’Donnell and Laura Ungar, “Obamacare no care for the working poor”, or, online, “Most of those without Medicaid are the working poor” (with video).  A major issue is that about 20 states, mostly with Republican governors, refused the federal funds to expand Medicaid.  But a bigger issue is the classification of workers as contract or part-time, and this has been particularly true of caregiving workers.  A “just in time” economy doesn’t encourage work for everybody with full benefits (including family or parental leave, too).

A story by Tom Kertscher in Politifact says that Donald Trump waffles on the idea of single-payer health care, which Trump admits works well in other countries.   Trump waffles because he has to do so if he wants to be a GOP candidate.

The Hill, in a story by Peter Sullivan, reports that Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio would go along with a plan of tax credits to buy individual health insurance, leveling the playing field with people who get insurance at work, and more limited protection of those with pre-existing conditions.

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