This week’s ObamaCare news roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, MD Now that the Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the White House, there’s only one excuse for not keeping their oft-repeated promise to repeal the [Un]Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare): lack of 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a filibuster. Much […]
This week’s health policy news roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. According to Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”) architect Jonathan Gruber, ObamaCare is working just as intended. The main problem is that the mandate penalty (which is actually a non-mandate, non-penalty tax, according to the U.S. Supreme Court) is too small, in his […]
This week’s health policy news roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. Since the 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare), the health care industry has seen record growth and increased revenues, writes Bryan Rotella. But is it a bubble? As Christian Bale’s character said in the movie The […]
Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD summarizes recent healthcare-related legislative activity on Capitol Hill.
It was a slow summer as our Congresspersons took their highly coveted 7-week vacation.
Even as premiums skyrocket and ACA co-ops fail, health care reform has been below the fold during much of this presidential campaign.
This week’s health policy news roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. “ObamaCare Keeps Our Health System In A State Of Emergency,” writes Sally Pipes (Investor’s Business Daily, Apr 1). Obama “promised that the Affordable Care Act would alleviate the pressure on ERs by expanding access to insurance—and thus diverting people who previously would’ve gone […]
This week’s health policy news roundup curated by Jane Orient, M.D. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has provided a lesson in free-lunch economics, writes Chris Conover. Even the staggering costs estimated by Avik Roy are an underestimate. Sanders and his consultants have grossly underestimated the moral hazard of removing any patient responsibility for payment and the […]
This week’s health policy news roundup curated by Jane Orient, M.D. The Sanders repeal-and-replace plan is government healthcare for all. Why have insurance companies as intermediaries, proponents ask. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430045/bernie-sanders-single-payer-disaster The Sanders plan would abolish private insurance and cover literally everything: “from inpatient to outpatient care; preventive to emergency care; primary care to specialty care, including […]
This week’s health policy news roundup curated by Jane Orient, M.D. As expected, Obama swiftly vetoed the ballyhooed Republican partial repeal of his destructive legacy, the “Affordable” Care Act. The Republicans can say it isn’t their fault—they tried, writes Twila Brase, but in reality the bill was a stunt to appeal to voters. The Republicans […]
This week’s health policy news roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. A number of Republican governors, including presidential hopeful John Kasich of Ohio and Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota, have expanded or are expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, even though Republican members of Congress, notably Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) oppose the expansion […]
This week’s Health Policy Roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. The Democrats’ worst nightmare is happening, writes Michael Cannon. The Senate passed a bill that would repeal most, but not all, of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “The individual mandate, employer mandate, Medicaid expansion, Exchange subsidies, much of the corporate welfare, and some of […]