Obamacare Architect Gruber: ‘Last Year’s Big Premium Increase’ ‘Actually Stabilized the Markets’

On Tuesday’s “MSNBC Live,” MIT Economics Professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber argued that last year’s 22% premium increase “stabilized” the market and that there are 2-3 million Americans paying high health insurance rates. “Look, before Donald Trump got elected, there were no markets in America, none, that did not have an insurer. Donald Trump has injected massive uncertainty into this market by being uncertain about whether he’ll pay the cost-sharing reduction payments that make health insurance affordable for low-income people, by not enforcing the mandate, by essentially just creating uncertainty about whether the law will even exist. These markets — there’s more we can do to improve these markets, but let’s be clear, Obamacare was not collapsing. Last year’s big premium increase, the 22% increase, actually stabilized the markets. Insurers have reported that after last year’s one-time increase, they’re ready to make money on this market, and it’s going to be successful.” He added, “85% of the people in these exchanges don’t pay these higher premiums. They pay a subsidized rate. So, yes, there are a large number of Americans, maybe 2 million to 3 million, who are paying high rates, and we should do something for them. I

UK Regulator to Ban Adverts Depicting ‘Gender Stereotypical’ Roles

Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has announced it will crack down on “gender stereotypes” in the latest politically correct move by Britain’s political establishment. In a press release issued Tuesday, the regulator’s chief executive, Guy Parker, said: “Portrayals which reinforce outdated and stereotypical views on gender roles in society can play their part in driving unfair outcomes for people. While advertising is only one of many factors that contribute to unequal gender outcomes, tougher advertising standards can play an important role in tackling inequalities and improving outcomes for individuals, the economy and society as a whole.” The decision is based on a new, 64-page report entitled Depictions, Perceptions and Harm which alleges gender stereotypes “might be harmful to people”. The paper itself leans on an 81-page study reliant upon anecdotal or “qualitative” evidence. The data was put together by German market research firm GfK, which also favoured imposing a “pro-Remain” question on the ballot papers for Britain’s 2016 EU referendum. Ella Smillie, who led the report for the ASA commented: “Our review shows that specific forms of gender stereotypes in ads can contribute to harm for adults and children. Such portrayals can limit how people see themselves, how others see them, and limit the life decisions

Trump on Obamacare Repeal: In 2018, ‘We Have to Get More Republicans Elected Because We Have to Get It Done’

Tuesday at the White House while commenting on the Republicans in Congress failing to pass a repeal and replacement of Obamacare, President Donald Trump set the focus on the 2018 midterm elections. Trump said “So the way I look at is in 18 when they have to get some more people elected. We have to go out we have to get more people elected that are Republicans. And we have to probably pull those people, those few people had voted against it. I don’t know, and they will have to explain to you why they did. I am sure they had very fine reasons. But we have to get more Republicans elected because we have to get it done.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN