Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) would likely have a significantly larger negative effect on the labor supply decisions of Americans than previously estimated. They now estimate that workers will choose to work fewer hours, to avoid losing eligibility for Obamacare subsidies; an amount that further decreases the labor force by the equivalent of 2 million full-time jobs, or 1.5-2 percent of the labor force.
In our hypersensitive political environment, partisans quickly jumped on the "news". Opponents of Obamacare used the report to call Obamacare a "war on work", another reason to repeal and replace it. Defenders of Obamacare were busy spinning how the report was actually good news; under Obamacare, people will no longer be forced to go to work, simply to get health insurance. In fact, nothing actually changed with the CBO report. Those opposed to Obamacare are just more convinced of its damaging effects, and those in favor of it are not going to be convinced otherwise by this report.
Nonetheless, the CBO report might be a useful teachable moment; an instance where an economic effect which is usually hidden from sight, becomes visible to everyone in a way which improves our understanding. Generally, neither side is disputing the CBO report. Both sides agree with the finding that the manner in which subsidies are designed in Obamacare will give rise to the negative incentive effects that CBO estimates. more >>
The United States Supreme Court has scheduled arguments for a case surrounding a pro-life group's lawsuit against an Ohio electoral speech law.
Susan B. Anthony List will get to present its arguments against an Ohio Election Commission statute on Tuesday, April 22, according to an announcement made on ScotusBlog.
Known as Susan B. Anthony List vs. Driehaus, the case will share the day with an appeal regarding the copyright of streaming TV programming on the Internet. more >>
While President Barack Obama touts a desire to increase access to healthcare, his actions related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," suggest that he cares more about winning elections than providing health insurance to every American.
Last week, Obama delayed the employer mandate for certain employers. This would be the second time Obama has delayed parts of the employer mandate, thus ensuring that some Americans will have to wait two more years before getting health insurance coverage through their employers.
Obama has said 2014 will be a "year of action." But in this case, Obama's order is to delay action. To put it bluntly, there are Americans today without health insurance who would have health insurance if Obama had implemented the law as Congress wrote it. more >>
Settled law. That's what we were told Obamacare was. But there's nothing settled about it, which is what makes it so unsettling-from the Supreme Court's ruling that the government can compel citizens to engage in commerce (thereby delegitimizing the people's liberty), to the amateurish rollout of the health care website, to Congress excusing themselves from the law, to the (thus far) twenty-nine changes, exemptions, and cut outs President Obama has implemented without congressional approval. It makes one ask: Mr. President, if you like your health care law why don't you keep your health care law? Which might be humorous if it wasn't so serious.
Each change in the law disrupts lives and burdens businesses with additional expenses. In a constricted economy, many businesses, which are already struggling to make profits, are finding their very survival dependent upon on either cutting staff, cutting hours, or cutting insurance benefits.
Of course the changes shouldn't come as a surprise. The President warned the American people he would act alone if need be. "One of the things that I'll be emphasizing," he said at a press conference on January 14, 2014, "is the fact that we are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we're providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I've got a pen and I've got a phone." And then, at the State of the Union, he defiantly waved his pen and phone under the nose of Congress. Never mind the fact that leading constitutional scholars deem the unilateral exercise of the president's pen and phone as unconstitutional. more >>
When Alana S. Newman attended a conference on family formation, she was shocked to find that surrogacy has become a "booming" market among gay couples.
"The event was overflowing with a shocking enthusiasm for motherlessness, and it served as an opportunity to promote the fertility industry's most lucrative package: egg donors plus surrogates, for gay male couples and single-dads-by-choice," said Newman of the Anonymous Us Project, an organization which focuses on the topic of "third party reproduction," while describing the event (sponsored by American Association for Adoption and Reproductive Technologies Attorneys) that took place in Charleston, S.C. more >>
With National Youth Enrollment Day just around the corner, new reports say that Healthcare.gov will be shut down for scheduled maintenance beginning on Saturday, February 15-the last day to enroll for coverage beginning March 1.
February 15 is also National Youth Enrollment Day, where the administration is promoting over 200 nationwide events where young people can get covered. Groups such as United Way, Young Invincibles, Get Covered America, and the American Cancer Society are partnering to promote enrollment through different events.
Yet again the administration continues to fail the American people, especially our youth. Young people are the key to Obamacare's success, but they are not enrolling. Obamacare is wildly unpopular among Millennials-not surprising, considering they are the tech-savvy generation, and the Healthcare.gov website is a bungled mess. more >>