Mila Kofman, executive director of DC Health Link, told Kaiser Health News that companies opposing the tax have threatened legal action and are worried other states might follow D.C.’s lead with the funding strategy.
O’Malley on Monday announced that former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend will chair the task force. Townsend is the managing director at Rock Creek Group, an investment firm, and founder of the Center for Retirement Initiatives at Georgetown University.
Some of the party’s candidates actively praise the Affordable Care Act, but others talk more about how they would fix it. Most Democrats hailed this month’s excellent jobs numbers, but much of their message this year stresses a squeezed middle class and the problems of stagnating wages and economic inequality. “You’ve never had it so good” is not in their talking points.
The D.C. Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a broad tax on all health-related insurance products sold in the nation’s capital to solve a big money problem faced by its online health insurance exchange.
Mila Kofman, executive director of the exchange, known as D.C. Health Link, said insurers of all affected policies will benefit from a well-running D.C. exchange — namely, a healthier society that cashes in less often on policies. But Kofman also acknowledged D.C. simply has no choice: “No other state needs to do this because they have higher population,” Kofman said. “We are in a unique situation.”
There are two majorities in the country right now. One disapproves of President Obama. The other is still inclined to vote Democratic. The key question for the 2014 elections is whether voting this fall — and Obama’s approval ratings — can come into line with the electorate’s broader Democratic leanings.
"The Democrats, and especially President Obama, have said there should not be a middle ground, our proposal is the only ground. So it looks like this may be a pattern where the Republicans are stuck in opposition, and the Democrats are equally locked in to not compromising on this issue."