• Obamacare and the limits of the wayback machine

    The new Democratic talking point about Obamacare is full of optimism: After all, the launch of the Medicare prescription drug program was bumpy, too, but now the program is considered a huge success. It’s true, and there are parallels between the two rollouts — but that doesn’t guarantee that Obamacare will be vindicated in the same way, health care experts say.

  • First, admit the problem

    The wrong problem is the deficit. The right problem is sluggish growth and persistent unemployment.

  • Health Insurance Options Aren't Limited to Government Exchanges

    With so much attention being paid to the troubled debut of the Obama administration’s health insurance exchanges, another alternative has largely gone unnoticed: unless you live in Washington, D.C., or Vermont, you can also buy insurance outside the exchanges — by going directly to insurance brokers, agents or company Web sites.

  • Big insurers avoid many state health exchanges

    Provisions in the law, such as those that prohibit cost sharing or deductibles for preventive care, help level the playing field between states with and without a large number of insurers, some say. "The quality will be comparable because they have to meet a minimum threshold (for) the basics of the plans," says Georgetown senior research fellow Sabrina Corlette. "It's really around the pricing that competition can play a role."

  • Hope that governance returns to Washington

    Perhaps our standards are too low if all we expect is that our politicians, whose job is to make government work, simply start doing what they are paid to do. But that alone, after all we’ve been through, would be a great step forward. It’s something to hope for.

  • Week In Politics: Shutdown Post-Mortem And Looking Ahead

    Audie Cornish talks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and David Brooks with The New York Times. They take stock of the winners and losers in the government shutdown and look forward to the next potential budget and debt crisis a few months from now.

  • A lesson for moderates in the shutdown denouement

    Republicans paid a very high price for a benighted strategy, which gives the most thoughtful among them at least a chance of pushing their party back to more reasonable ground.

  • Too Much Evidence to Ignore: New Findings on the Impact of Quality Preschool at Scale
  • Rivlin receives Truman Medal for Economic Policy

    Economist Alice Rivlin became the fifth person to receive the Truman Medal for Economic Policy at a ceremony on Tuesday at Westin Hotel Crown Center in Kansas City.

  • The last time the government expanded health care, it was also kind of a disaster

    "Certainly I remember, thinking back to 2005, that the launch of the Web site was challenging," says Jack Hoadley, a researcher at Georgetown University who has studied the Part D program since before its launch. "It was pretty regularly a source of frustration just like what we're experiencing now."