Thursday Morning Open Thread: Always Keep Fighting

Policy matters

From yesterday:

I am experiencing the frustration of an academic as I have three relevant papers that I can’t say much about right now.

Paper #1 looks at the enrollment changes in the last ten days of the 2017 Open Enrollment compared to the same time period in 2016. The last ten days were the first ten days of the Trump Administration. Policy and messaging matter and we’ll talk a lot more about that when the paper is published this summer.

Paper #2 examines the impact of advertising on enrollment. Unshockingly, it matters a lot. This paper is part of an invited submission for 2020.

Paper #3 we just submitted for the first time last week. Pricing matters and odd pricing situations matter a lot. In this case, the Trump administration’s policy implementation helps enrollment out.

There has been significant barriers to access for Medicaid. There have been significant barriers erected to the exchanges. Policy matters. A policy choice to actively and positively use the current framework to decrease the uninsurance rate has a reasonable chance of achieving that goal. It did over the last six years of the Obama Administration. A policy choice of either benign indifference or active obstruction of the goal of decreasing the uninsurance rate will, unshockingly, not achieve that goal.

Open Thread: Stacey Abrams’ SotU Rebuttal

I started watching this promptly at 10:05pm and the Bloviator-in-Chief didn’t seem to be anywhere near shutting up already. The sacrifices I make for you people…

Ten-thirty, and he’s finally wrapped with a last round of self-applause. Here goes…

Cold Grey Pre-Dawn Open Thread: Just Desserts

Elsewhere, in a happier timeline:

Medicaid expansion will be on the ballot again

Bruce Japsen at Forbes makes a very good point. 

Medicaid expansion will be on the ballot again as the referendums to pass Expansion succeeded in three very red states this year: Utah, Idaho and Nebraska.

The Fairness project says at least six states could become targets for Medicaid expansion ballot initiatives in 2020 thought the group says it’s not ready to announce any campaigns.

“Right now we think those states include Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Mississippi, and Wyoming,” the group said.

The big Expansion hold-outs are Texas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.  An initiative process to get Medicaid Expansion passed in Florida would be a big deal.  If you are looking for something political to do and want to avoid the pie fighting of primary season, helping out with signature collection and organizing for Expansion may be the thing for you.