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Kathleen Sebelius Runs for the Exits

Consumer Power Report #415 Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, and Rachel Maddow is right not to be happy about it, not one little bit. For once, I completely agree with Maddow’s analysis. This surprise resignation presents Republicans with an unexpected opportunity to refocus the conversation on Obamacare’s negatives, offers a chance to force vulnerable Senate Democrats to take a hard vote on Obamacare six months before the midterms, and serves to disrupt what had been a positive few days of media...

The Future of Health Policy After Obamacare

Consumer Power Report #414 As we all know, when President Barack Obama sold his health care law to the American people, he sold it to them primarily on the basis of cost. He did this because the polling was so unanimous: People weren’t demanding massive increased regulation of the insurance marketplace to achieve any particular moral goal about coverage levels or anything of the sort – the vast majority of Americans just cared that their health insurance premiums were too high. So Obama made...

Obamacare’s Magic Number Doesn’t Exist

Consumer Power Report #413 Welcome to the Consumer Power Report. Have you heard? Obamacare survived! It got to that magic number it was looking for to make everything right! Or it got to half the number the Congressional Budget Office predicted it would get to after the Supreme Court ruling. Either way, it’s totally okay now and is absolutely going to survive and be the law of the land forever and ever despite anything those opponents of the law tell you. This is a perfectly logical position to...

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