Another ObamaCare Gap in Coverage Exposes Tangled Safety Net
How big is a "gap" in coverage when it affects 840,000 people?
The Los Angeles Times says that California is racing to pass a “bridge” program into law that helps individuals and families likely to be caught between qualifying for Medi-Cal (the state’s version of Medicaid), and ObamaCare’s new state-based health insurance exchange.
In California, residents earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level, or about $15,000 a year, will be eligible for Medi-Cal next year. Individuals earning up to 400% of the federal poverty level, or about $46,000, will be eligible for subsidies through the exchange, known as Covered California.
The Covered California board approved a plan in March to help patients expected to jump between the two. The "bridge plan" would enable patients now on…[more]
Amid the unfolding IRS scandal, one important lesson remains underreported.
Going forward and from a broader perspective, it’s also one that may prove particularly potent and lasting. Specifically, what the debacle teaches in our ongoing debate over campaign finance regulation and the First Amendment freedom of private association without fear of retaliation or persecution.
Absent that freedom, other rights can be effectively nullified.
In that regard, the U.S. Supreme Court provided enduring guidance with its 1958 decision in NAACP v. Alabama. There, government…
"First they came for Fox News, and they did not speak out — because they were not Fox News. Then they came for government whistleblowers, and they did not speak out — because they were not government whistleblowers. Then they came for the maker of a YouTube video, and — okay, we know how this story ends. But how did we get here? Turns out it’s a fairly swift sojourn from…[more]