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Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue

From the Panel


  • Challenges of the Affordable Care Act
    Scott Gottlieb, Testimony before the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, December 4, 2013The information infrastructure required for reconciling coverage with his health plan, or providers, has not been constructed; more than 50% on the plans sold on healthcare.gov offer a very limited choice of providers; providers are reluctant to sign contracts with Obamacare plans, and when they do, reimbursement is being reduced.
  • No, There Won’t Be a Doctor Shortage
    Scott Gottlieb and Ezekial Emanuel, New York Times, December 4, 2013The road to Obamacare has seen its share of speed bumps, as well as big potholes. But a physician shortage is unlikely to be one of its roadblocks.
  • Do You Win or Lose Under Obamacare? What You Must Know to See How You’ll Fare
    Scott Gottlieb, Forbes, November 20, 2013Some people end up paying more for their insurance than others. It all depends on what services people want coverage for.
  • Got Obamacare? Too bad for you
    Scott Gottlieb, New York Post, November 13, 2013Uncle Sam will spend $2.6 trillion on Obamacare over the next 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. What’s remarkable is how few people this will leave better off.
  • Obamacare Faces a ‘Death Spiral’—But It Turns on the Declining Participation of Health Plans, Not Just Rising Premiums
    Scott Gottlieb, Forbes, October 28, 2013A death spiral happens when only the sickest beneficiaries get into an insurance pool, causing the cost of medical claims to rise, and in turn raising future premiums.
  • Gottlieb and Astrue: ObamaCare's Technology Mess
    Scott Gottlieb and Michael Astrue, Wall Street Journal, September 30, 2013At least a half dozen state exchanges won't offer full online enrollment thanks to unresolved software problems.
  • Scott Gottlieb: How ObamaCare Hurts Patients
    Scott Gottlieb, Wall Street Journal, July 30, 2013The 340B program was meant to help about 90 hospitals buy drugs to treat the poor. Now 1,675 hospitals qualify.
  • The Doctor Won’t See You Now. He’s Clocked Out
    Scott Gottlieb, Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2013Obamacare is pushing physicians into becoming hospital employees. The results aren't encouraging.
  • Health Care Consolidation and Competition After PPACA
    Scott Gottlieb, AEI, May 18, 2012PPACA tries to engineer its own new constructs, while pursuing provisions that could crowd out entrepreneurs from developing their own ideas. We could end up with neither.
  • Previously Obscure Government Panel Limiting Access to Care
    Scott Gottlieb, AEI, November 4, 2011Gottlieb explains how a previously obscure government advisory panel now wields tremendous powers to decide which preventive health care services public and private insurance will cover.
  • Killing Marcus Welby
    Scott Gottlieb, New York Post, October 18, 2010Obamacare doesn’t call on government tribunals to euthanize seniors, as some fanciful critics claim, but the bill does kill off private-practice medicine.


  • Congress Will Go to the Head of the Line on Obamacare
    Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View, December 10, 2013Congress is not going to get the same service that other people do on the exchanges. Obamacare will seem to them to be working much better than it is.
  • 'Doc Shock' On Deck in Obamacare Wars
    Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View, December 5, 2013Come January, when some number of Americans have bought insurance on the new health exchanges and are starting to use the services, you can expect another controversy to arise when many of them find out just how few doctors and hospitals they have access to.
  • Obamacare Is No Starship Enterprise
    Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View, November 25, 2013The policy people handed out impossible orders to the technical staff; when the technical staff couldn’t deliver their impossibility, they decided that the problem was incompetence.
  • Wishful Thinking Can’t Hold Obamacare Together
    Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View, November 19, 2013The Obamacare story is as much a political story, and a media story, as it is a policy story.
  • Obamacare Is Whatever Obama Says It Is
    Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View, November 14, 2013Turning the insurers into scapegoats, when he still needs their help to make this law work, was an act of desperation.
  • Hope Is All Obamacare Has Left
    Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View, November 11, 2013A lot of people with private health insurance are losing their policies. This was supposed to be not so bad because they could go onto the exchanges. Only now, there are no functioning exchanges.
  • Seven 'Solutions' That Won't Save Obamacare
    Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View, October 22, 2013Most of what seems to be on the table ranges from not helpful to actively unhelpful. Here are seven popular “solutions” that don’t solve anything and may make things worse.
  • Obamacare Needs a Drop-Dead Date
    Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View, October 14, 2013If the system cannot reliably process 50 percent of its users on Nov. 1 then the administration should ask for a one-year delay of Obamacare’s various regulations, including the individual mandate. Congress, including Republicans, should be ready to give it to them, with no strings attached.
  • Are Young, Single Adults Expecting Obamacare to Cost So Much?
    Megan McArdle, The Daily Beast, June 4, 2013Obamacare will raise insurance costs, not lower them, for a lot of young, childless adults.



  • Will Health Care Reform Work Out? An Interview
    Andy Miller interviews Jonathan Gruber, Georgia Health News, December 18, 2013In some sense, the key date when we’ll know something is in May, when the insurers release their next year’s rates.
  • The Parlous Prospects of Obamacare
    Henry Aaron, Brookings, December 11, 2013There is little doubt that with sufficient time and money, the initial administrative problems can be solved. But whether the Obama administration will be given the time and resources it will need to do the job remains unclear.
  • Healthcare.gov Is Not Amazon.com. Should We Care?
    Jonathan Cohn, New Republic, December 4, 2013If healthcare.gov's consumer interface isn't yet living up to the standards of Amazon, it's already surpassed the standards of buying insurance before the Obamacare came along.