As the fateful date of Obamacare’s arrival in 2014 approaches, an in-progress review seems in order. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s main stated purpose was to make medical care more affordable and/or available to Americans, and the unstated reality is that it needs to do so in a sustainable fashion.
Over the next 10 years health reform will impose upon us about $1 trillion in new taxes and it will take another $716 billion out of Medicare, imperiling access to care for the elderly and the disabled according to Medicare's Office of the Actuaries.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has become the eighth Republican governor to agree to expand Medicaid coverage in his state under the provisions of Obamacare.
Gov. Christie announces expansion of Medicaid in budget speech
When a poll only asks voters about benefits, the results are meaningless. Yet to my knowledge, JMI’s poll is so far the only poll that has asked voters about both costs and benefits.
Journalist Bill Moyers, who worked as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, shared memories in a column last year about how his old boss thought about our entitlement programs.