James Pethokoukis

Awful healthcare poll for the White House

September 18, 2009

Some polling results from a healthcare poll from global branding firm Siegel+Gale:

How BaucusCare is like eating pie

September 16, 2009

From Greg Mankiw:

In other words, the plan would reduce the deficit if it were carried out as written, but there is good reason based on historical experience to be skeptical that it would be.

About those Baucus healthcare co-ops ….

September 16, 2009

Here is what the CBO says about them:

The proposed co-ops had very little effect on the estimates of total enrollment in the exchanges or federal costs because, as they are described in the specifications, they seem unlikely to establish a significant market presence in many areas of the country or to noticeably affect federal subsidy payments.

What liberals think of BaucusCare

September 16, 2009

Are they excited that Congress is moving a step closer to fulfilling decades of their healthcare dreams? Nope. This, from the liberal Health Care for American Now group:

The coming wave of healthcare taxes

September 16, 2009

The guys at ATR give the rundown:

· Employer Mandate Tax. $400 per employee if health coverage is not offered. Note: this is a huge incentive to drop coverage, as $400 is much less than the average plan cost of $11,000 for families or $5000 for singles (Source: AHIP)

The day in healthcare reform

September 16, 2009

— The Baucus healthcare bill is released.

— Baucus makes his case. (WSJ)

Health care is a complicated and deeply personal issue; it takes time and effort to get reform right. Legislating every piece of this puzzle would be impossible and counterproductive. What we can do is seize this opportunity to put America back on a fiscally sustainable path. The Senate Finance Committee proposal builds on what already works and fixes what threatens to break the bank for future generations.

The speech that didn’t matter

September 10, 2009

President Barack Obama’s speech on Wednesday night went about as well as the White House could have reasonably hoped.

Obama needs a new healthcare plan, not a new speech

September 9, 2009

Crazy — at least according to a snarky definition — is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

The trigger that won’t get pulled

September 9, 2009

My pal Dan Clifton over at the Strategas Group gives his superinformed two cents:

Government’s real role in healthcare

September 4, 2009

Some wise words from economist Andrew Samwick over at Capital Gains and Games:

1) The scenario I envision is that the public option does nothing to control costs.  Its payment system is set up to resemble Medicare, and it is the growth in real, age-adjusted Medicare expenditures per capita that has most people concerned about long-term deficits.  But with a public option, there will now be recourse for every citizen to petition the government to get a better deal on its health insurance premiums.  The pressure will be enormous to subsidize the public option, just as there has been enormous pressure to offer services in Medicare that increase its cost at (future) taxpayer expense.