Affordable Care Act

Republicans showing their hand on ACA

Republicans showing their hand on ACA

Draft legislation would slash coverage expansion and subsidies

LATE LAST WEEK, Politico released a leaked 105-page draft bill defining the House Republican plan to repeal/replace/repair/re-whatever the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare. The draft legislation was dated February 10, so likely it’s already out of date, though it is the best indication yet of their rapidly evolving intentions and fits with many of their prior recent(...)

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Voices from Ohio on Medicaid expansion

Voices from Ohio on Medicaid expansion

Experience mirrors that of all states that expanded coverage under ACA

OHIO IS ONE of 31 states that expanded Medicaid as permitted by the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare for nearly all low-income citizens. The state’s Republican governor, former presidential candidate John Kasich, has been among the most vocal proponents of the expansion on the Republican side and has taken a lot of grief for it from ACA(...)

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Time to step up fight against ACA repeal

Time to step up fight against ACA repeal

GOP will only succeed if we let them

A NEW REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED Congress is in place. And for the sixth time, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is facing extinction. Indeed, a gripping narrative history of the ACA/Obamacare could be written focused only on its numerous near-death experiences. Maybe the sixth time will be the curse, and maybe not. Let’s recall. One, in January 2010,(...)

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Five Affordable Care Act questions for the GOP

Five Affordable Care Act questions for the GOP

Republican plans don't add up

SO, REPUBLICANS ARE planning a major blitz to repeal and delay/replace/collapse the Affordable Care Act/ACA/ObamaCare. I’ve got five questions to ask leaders of the Grand Old Party. First, if your guarantees are honest that your replacement law will be better than the ACA, why not share real numbers? President-elect Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan, and(...)

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Trump poised to dump Affordable Care Act

Trump poised to dump Affordable Care Act

Health and human services nominee is leading critic of landmark law

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP has nominated Rep. Tom Price of George, an orthopedic surgeon and the House Budget Committee chairman, to be his first secretary of health and human services. For those lulled into believing that Trump was moderating his views on the Affordable Care Act because of recent statements on 60 Minutes that he leaned(...)

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Why Republicans hate the Affordable Care Act

Why Republicans hate the Affordable Care Act

New Medicare taxes on the wealthy responsible for much of the animus

THIS WEEK, THE US House of Representatives will take up reconciliation legislation, amended and approved in the US Senate last month, that would drill major, damaging holes in the Affordable Care Act. Though the bill has zero chance of becoming law because of a certain veto by President Obama, it is – by the Democrats’ count(...)

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Sounds of health-care silence in GOP debate

Sounds of health-care silence in GOP debate

Lack of Obamacare talk speaks volumes

I HAD ONE mission last night watching the Republican debate among the party’s top 10 presidential contenders: What, if anything, could we learn about the state of play regarding the Affordable Care Act and US health policy? What I observed: The impassioned debate about the Affordable Care Act/ACA/Obamacare is over, even among Republicans. Here is(...)

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Financing the Affordable Care Act

Financing the Affordable Care Act

Obamacare explained, including the Republican plan for its repeal

NOW THAT THE the lawsuit challenging federally established health care exchanges, King v. Burwell, has been relegated to history’s dustbin, let’s return for a deeper dive into the June 2015 report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), “The Budgetary and Economic Effects of Repealing the Affordable Care Care Act.” The report, which I wrote about here, projected(...)

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The Supreme Court surprise that wasn’t

The Supreme Court surprise that wasn’t

Ruling on health care subsidies was expected, but is still a relief

THOSE CLOSELY WATCHING the US Supreme Court process on the King v. Burwell suit that almost upended insurance subsidies for about 6.4 million Americans knew that one of three outcomes was most likely – 5-4 for the plaintiffs, or 5-4 or 6-3 for the government.  That indicated to me a two-thirds probability of a pro-Affordable(...)

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CBO: Obamacare repeal would be costly

CBO: Obamacare repeal would be costly

Congressional report projects big increases in defiit and uninsured from repeal of the Affordable Care Act

MY FAVORED DEFINITION of “health policy wonk” is someone who reads health reports from the Congressional Budget Office — and enjoys it. Guilty as charged. Last Friday’s new report, “Budgetary and Economic Effects of Repealing the Affordable Care Act,” was enlightening and fascinating. It will be a benchmark document during the coming two years of debates(...)

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