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    Dear me, the N&O editors have lost all faith in Obamacare

    Four years ago, the editors of the N&O said Obamacare "will work and people will like it and wonder why it took so long to put something as sensible as the Affordable Care Act into place." Now they want to replace it with something else. What happened?
    Jon Sanders, October 20, 2017
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    The N&O strikes a slightly different tone on Obamacare than they did three years ago

    (It’s just a slightly different tone. It’s still the greatest thing, you know.) Three years ago this month, the editors of The News & Observer were confidently predicting a day when we proles would look toward the ACA with happy reverence, the way posters depicted dutiful Soviet children gazing at…
    Jon Sanders, October 19, 2016
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    Obamacare hurts employees and employers

    Health Care Solutions Week: Sally Pipes in Forbes today explains how, because of Obamacare, “workers are going to get squeezed from both sides“: Evidence is mounting that Obamacare raises health costs for small firms and thereby reduces workers’ wages. Writ large across the entire economy, the law…
    Jon Sanders, October 14, 2014
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    Mercatus researcher: Obamacare is making a bad jobs situation much worse

    Note, 11:15 a.m., 2/6/14: This post originally linked to Charles Blahous’ column as carried on economics21.org, a post that was edited sometime after this post was written. The e21 link (here) made no note of the revisions, leading to some confusion to readers here about an apparent discrepancy between…
    Jon Sanders, February 5, 2014
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    It’s going to get worse

    What is? Many things, yes, to which we must add employment prospects for the poor, minorities, and least skilled, if the president is able to hike the minimum wage and extend jobless benefits (for that is the end result of those policies in the real world, however compassionate they sound),…
    Jon Sanders, January 28, 2014
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    ‘Utter chaos’

    Avik Roy details the result of the Obama administration’s surprise announcement last night essentially allowing a hardship exemption and making catastrophic plans available for all. Roy’s post is worth a full read. Here is a summary of recent events: millions of Americans have seen their plans canceled (making…
    Jon Sanders, December 20, 2013
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    Five weeks in, N&O reports: WE FOUND ONE!

    Determined and dogmatic Linus van Pelt to Obamacare’s Great Pumpkin, the N&O had major news today: They have found an actual live human being, in North Carolina, who was able to enroll for health insurance under Obamacare. Granted, it took this person hours of consulting with a “navigator”…
    Jon Sanders, November 5, 2013
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    Consumer Reports on Obamacare web site: “Stay away”

    Well. Haters gonna hate, I guess. Consumer Reports tried to get to the bottom of why only 1 in 35 people could successfully register on the Obamacare web site, and at the end of it, CR wrote: If all this is too much for you to absorb, follow our…
    Jon Sanders, October 25, 2013