Browsing Archive: April, 2014

Crunch Time: Is it time for Gov. Nixon to behave like Gov. Brewer?

Posted by Timothy McBride on Monday, April 28, 2014, In : Missouri 
So there is less than three weeks left in the Legislative session. The Missouri Legislature has yet to give Governor Jay Nixon the leading initiative he has asked for the last two years, much to his credit. As a result, the state is losing billions of dollars, losing thousands of jobs, and low-income people still don't have the coverage they need.

Maybe it is time for Gov. Nixon (who after all has always had a huge positive popularity rating) to adopt the strategy that Republican Gov. Jan Brew...
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New Gallup results: most encouraging yet to set aside concerns about adverse selection?

Posted by Timothy McBride on Friday, April 18, 2014, In : ACA 

First, the caveat: at this very early stage in the implementation, and more to the point, the rollout of the data on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we should all proceed with caution.  That is especially true when we get several studies, or surveys from different sources, with different samples, using different methods, and in particular using samples that are in general relatively small in comparison to social scientists and health researchers are used to seeing in doing health policy analys...
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Perplexing State Policy Decision: Tax Cut Yes, Medicaid Expansion: No?

Posted by Timothy McBride on Thursday, April 17, 2014, In : Missouri 

Today (April 16th, 2014), the state of Missouri Legislature passed a $620 million tax cut with an annual price tag.

What is rather flabber-gasting about this decision is that this Legislature has been dragging its heels for two years on another decision: to expand Medicaid to about 300,000 low-income uninsured Missourians.  By recent reports, the legislation working its way through the Legislature is not as likely to pass.

Now someone needs to explain to this economist why:

  • the Legislature would...

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The politics of the ACA is widely misunderstood

Posted by Timothy McBride on Saturday, April 12, 2014, In : ACA 
It has become widely accepted, it seems, in the popular press, and in Washington, for a long time that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unpopular and will hurt the Democrats in the midterm elections in November 2014. My belief is that this stems from at least a couple misunderstandings of the polls.

First, most polls ask a lead question about the ACA, simply asking a question about whether people favor or oppose the ACA.  For a long time a plurality has been more against the ACA than in favor ...
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Three surveys show uninsured dropping rapidly since ACA open enrollment period started

Posted by Timothy McBride on Friday, April 11, 2014, In : ACA 

Three surveys recently released are now showing significant increases in the number of people insured in just the last six months (September 2013 to March 2014), roughly showing the same effect:


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Timothy McBride Timothy D. McBride, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis. Here you can find musings on health policy and other issues. Opinions are my own, and not those of my employer. Contact: mcbridetd@gmail.com