Songs about health insurance

In a desperate, last-ditch attempt to get 18-34 year-olds to sign up for Obamacare–those “young invincibles” who are expected to foot the bill for everyone else–the administration and allied independent groups are trying to reach them with comedy routines, cash prizes, and–most humorously of all–songs about health insurance.  After the jump, a link to an article about all of this AND a link to such a song, including its various pop, folk, alternative, techno, dub, and hip-hop versions.

My esteemed 18-34 year-old readers, do you find this kind of insulting? [Read more…]

Few uninsured are signing up for Obamacare

A survey has found that only 1/10th of the uninsured have signed up for Obamacare.  (The deadline is March 31.)  Actual numbers from HealthCare.gov and the insurance companies are hard to come by, due in part to the still-confusing application process.  Also, of those who did sign up, half have not paid the first premium, so they don’t have health insurance either.

If the uninsured don’t buy the insurance, preferring to pay the fine and to go without, the whole concept of Obamacare comes apart. [Read more…]

Still more Obamacare postponements

More Obamacare provisions have been postponed, including letting people keep their non-complying insurance policies for three more years. This would prevent some unpopular measures from going into effect before the next presidential election.

But the March 31 deadline for buying health insurance and thus avoiding a fine still stands, so if you haven’t signed up at Healthcare.gov, time is running out. [Read more…]

“Fish in the afternoon, criticize after dinner”

At the findings that Obamacare will take over 2 million jobs out of the economy, Democrats have been saying this is a good thing:  Now, people will no longer have to work at unfulfilling jobs just to keep their health insurance.  Charles Krauthammer takes up this mindset and throws in a great quote from Karl Marx. [Read more…]

A conservative alternative to Obamacare?

A conservative alternative to Obamacare has been unveiled.  Read about it after the jump.  Then consider these questions:  (1) Does it sound better than Obamacare?  (2)  What is particularly conservative about it?  (3)  Is it qualitatively different from other efforts to have the government presiding over the health care of its citizens?  [Read more…]

Employer mandate postponed yet another year

President Obama postponed yet again the Employer Mandate part of Obamacare, which will require employers of 50 or more workers to provide them health insurance.  The measure was supposed to go into effect in 2014, but he had earlier postponed it until 2015.  Now it will not go into effect until 2016.  Never mind that these postponements violate the text of the law.

Employers of 100 or more will still have to offer insurance next year, though they received some breaks too, detailed after the jump.

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