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Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue

The BriefGet Up To Speed

With the disastrous launch of the website, critics of the Affordable Care Act, or '€œObamacare,'€ were given more fuel for the fire. Is this political hot potato's inevitability once again at stake? And is the medical community really on board with the law, or resisting (rewriting?) it from the sidelines?


Under pressure from Senate Democrats, the President partly suspends the individual mandate.

Friday, December 20, 2013
Wall Street Journal

It is clear that the promises of the president and many Democrats were simply untrue.

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Donald J. Palmisano

Since the passage of Obamacare in 2010, many of the President’s famous promises have been routinely broken.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Alyene Senger

In some sense, the key date when we’ll know something is in May, when the insurers release their next year’s rates.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Andy Miller interviews Jonathan Gruber

There is little doubt that with sufficient time and money, the initial administrative problems can be solved. But whether the Obama administration will be given the time and resources it will need to do the job remains unclear.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Henry Aaron

If's consumer interface isn't yet living up to the standards of Amazon, it's already surpassed the standards of buying insurance before the Obamacare came along.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Jonathan Cohn
What Is Obamacare?

The law has two parts: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. Visit the links on this page to read both.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Signed into law March 23

A primer on parts of the law already up and running, what's to come and ways that provisions could still be altered.

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Mary Carey and Jenny Gold

Some technical experts are perplexed at the U.S. government's plan to switch web hosts for its new health insurance portal,, in the midst of an expected last-minute rush to beat a March 31 enrollment deadline for 2014 coverage.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Roberta Rampton and Sharon Begley

Consumers worried that tight deadlines around the holidays and lingering computer problems could thwart their efforts to secure coverage under President Barack Obama's health overhaul will get extra time to pay, the health insurance industry said Wednesday.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Associated Press

Through November, about 2 million Americans made it through the application process on the exchanges. But will they be able to choose the right plan and actually get insurance? The jury's still out.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
John Wasik

A former executive at software giant Microsoft is assuming oversight of the Obama administration’s efforts to repair the troubled website.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Noam Levey

Private health insurance exchanges still are not able to directly enroll consumers in subsidized health plans offered through Obamacare even though the government has said problems doing so should have been cleared up weeks ago.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Adam Aigner-Treworgy

At a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Henry Chao, deputy chief information officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, stated that “30 to 40 percent” of the federal exchange had not yet been built—despite the fact that the site was launched seven weeks ago.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Avik Roy

Ever since launched on Oct. 1, people have had lots of trouble signing up for coverage. And the problems go deeper than just the shopping Web site: The systems the Obama administration uses to calculate subsidies and communicate with insurers are also failing.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Sarah Kliff
Can it Work?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unlikely to suffer long-term damage even if the Marketplaces experience low enrollment and some adverse selection in the first year.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Linda Blumberg and John Holahan

Enrollment of young adults is important, but not as important as conventional wisdom suggests since premiums are still permitted to vary substantially by age. Because of this, a premium ‘death spiral’ is highly unlikely.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Larry Levitt

Much of the success of the Affordable Care Act will depend on the degree to which states and the federal government can enroll the target population of newly eligible,uninsured persons into health coverage.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Ian Hill
Public Opinion & Polls

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act may cause its downfall, but not for the reasons everyone suspects.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Kyle Dropp

An analysis by the <em>New York Times</em> shows the cost of premiums for people who just miss qualifying for subsidies varies widely across the country and rises rapidly for people in their 50s and 60s. In some places, prices can quickly approach 20 percent of a person’s income.

Friday, December 20, 2013
Katie Thomas

Hospital executives think health reform is going to make the health care they deliver a whole lot better -- and a bit cheaper.

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Ezra Klein

Americans who lack medical coverage disapprove of President Obama’s health care law at roughly the same rate as the insured, even though most say they struggle to pay for basic care, according to the latest <a target="_blank" href=" York Times</em>/CBS News poll</a>.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Abby Goodnough and Allison Kopicki

Just when the government's insurance website is starting to run more smoothly, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds a potentially bigger problem for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Monday, December 16, 2013
Ricardo Alonso-Zadivar and Jennifer Agiesta

Approval essentially unchanged at 41%; disapproval now down to 51%.

Friday, December 13, 2013
Frank Newport

Less than a quarter—24%—of uninsured Americans think the health care law is a good idea, and half think it’s a bad idea, according to a <em>Wall Street Journal</em>/NBC News poll.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Rebecca Ballhaus

United Technologies/<em>National Journal</em> Congressional Connection poll finds public opinion on the health law holding steady with a narrow split emerging on its ultimate impact.

Monday, November 18, 2013
Ronald Brownstein

One-in-four backs efforts to make the law fail.

Monday, September 16, 2013
Pew Research Center

Even the slightest hint that a GOP contender might support anything besides all-out repeal of the health care law is drawing attacks from the right.

Sunday, December 15, 2013
James Hohmann and Kyle Cheney

With midterms 11 months away, the push to reunify Democrats behind the law is well underway.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Aamer Madhani

Obamacare's clumsy debut is again front-and-center on the political stage. And for Democrats, that could be a big problem.

Monday, October 21, 2013
Jake Miller

Congressional opponents of Obamacare continue to search for the best approach to relieve the American public of the unpopular law’s burdens. Of course, the ideal solution is Obamacare’s full repeal. However, short of its full repeal, Congress’s best option is to defund the entire law to prevent its implementation.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Chris Jacobs
Additional Links

The law’s framer’s quite unwittingly facilitated local health care bargains that, in effect, tie Democratic goals (expand benefits) to Republican means (market competition).

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
James Morone

Proposals that could provide coverage more broadly and effectively than either Obamacare or the previous health-care system.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Yuval Levin and Ramesh Ponnuru

A look at the law’s success prior to the website’s rollout.

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Room for Debate

An interactive map illustrating how Obamacare affects health insurance premiums for people who buy coverage on their own.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969