Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"Wonkblog" Kicks Ass

Peggy Noonan attacks Obamacare for doing what Peggy Noonan wants Obamacare to do
Ezra Klein, The Washington Post - August 20, 2013

This is an outstanding article that almost entirely clears up the apparent issue I wrote about a few days ago, about how Obamacare may or may not affect parents being paid to provide home care to their sons or daughters with disabilities. In short, the problem originally cited turns out not to be a problem at all, and it's possible that anxiety about the confusion was whipped up on purpose to discredit the Affordable Care Act itself.

Obamacare will extend good coverage of home care to many more people, in states where it is now absent or minimally offered. It will allow family to be paid care providers. At the same time it will require a non-family member to oversee design of the care plan, thereby at least partially solving the potential conflict of interest problem, as well as providing possible troubleshooting should family care take a sour turn.

I can't emphasize strongly enough that anyone interested in how the Affordable Care Act develops should read The Washington Post "Wonkblog" daily. They are providing in-depth, dispassionate, and very readable analysis of every aspect of the law, every step of the way. It's an essential resource.


P.S.: If you want to know how some piece of health care policy will affect people with disabilities, check to see what ADAPT thinks. They know their stuff, and when it comes to partisan politics, they are entirely agnostic ... or to put it more crudely, they don't give two shits about Democrats or Republicans.

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