Browsing Archive: November, 2014

"Grubergate" (II): The contracts

Posted by Timothy McBride on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, In : ACA 

In the latest attempt to attack Obamacare, opponents think they have a juicy new target, Prof. Jonathan Gruber, from MIT.  In addition to pulling his quotes from academic musings out of context, the opponents have a new line of attack: that supposedly Gruber "netted" millions of dollars in contracts from the federal government (the Obama administration) to do his work.  The impression left, often said directly, is that Gruber himself was paid these dollars, or that the total dollars from the ...
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Grubergate

Posted by Timothy McBride on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, In : ACA 

In the last few days -- essentially since the election -- the Republicans have launched a new line of attack on Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act).  They are attacking what they call the "architect" of the ACA, who is quoted on video of making a handful of comments, which when they are heard out of context, seem quite damning. 

This latest line of attack on the ACA is rather bizarre in many ways.  Why? Here is why:

  • Everyone who closely followed the development and then passage of the ACA knows...

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SCOTUS (III): Smoking gun (CBO score) proves plaintiffs case has no merit

Posted by Timothy McBride on Monday, November 10, 2014, In : ACA 

As I mentioned in two previous posts, the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) this past week decided to take the case of an appeal of a ruling by the 4th Circuit US federal court of appeals (King v. Burwell), in a case where the plaintiffs allege the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is ambiguous or conflicted on whether subsidies can be offered to lower-income persons who obtain coverage through Marketplaces established and run by the federal government.

Earlier I pointed out two huge flaws in the argument of the...
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SCOTUS (II): Legislative intent of ACA always clear, key Senate-House chairs say

Posted by Timothy McBride on Sunday, November 9, 2014, In : ACA 
As I noted earlier, the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) this past week decided to take the case of an appeal of a ruling by the 4th Circuit US federal court of appeals (King v. Burwell), in a case where the plaintiffs allege the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is ambiguous or conflicted on whether subsidies can be offered to lower-income persons who obtain coverage through Marketplaces established and run by the federal government.

My earlier post pointed to some fatal flaws in the arguments of the plaintiff...
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SCOTUS (I): Why the case against the ACA at Supreme Court has no merit

Posted by Timothy McBride on Sunday, November 9, 2014, In : ACA 

The Supreme Court has decided to take a case, ruling on another aspect of the legality of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), whether it is legal for the federal government to provide subsidies for insurance coverage under the federal Marketplaces.  Though nearly every scholar has cast serious doubt on the logic of the case made by the plaintiffs, the Court has decided to take the case, likely because at least four Justices have certainly expressed their strong skepticism on the...


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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