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A few quick thoughts on health reform and the election — we’ll be coming back to this, of course, as we learn more (and get more sleep!)
Republicans can’t just repeal the entire Affordable Care Act. Democrats will still have enough votes to filibuster – and they will.
That doesn’t mean President-elect Trump and the GOP majority can’t unravel a great deal of the law. They can – and that’s one reason Families USA and other advocacy groups went into emergency mode to figure out how to defend it. Continue reading
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.)
The House Republicans have released an Obamacare replacement plan – though it’s sparse on details. That’s partly because the Republicans themselves don’t agree on all the specifics – and it’s partly because politically it doesn’t really behoove them to put out all the details and let Democrats shoot it down between now and November.
Most of the ideas you’ve heard before – high-risk pools ($25 billion for that over 10 years, one of the few specifics in the GOP white paper), tax credits, tax-favored health savings accounts, the ability to buy insurance across state lines (which critics say undermine consumer protections). Continue reading
Once again, the Affordable Care Act was in court.
In a case brought by House Republicans, a federal district judge ruled on May 12 that the cost-sharing subsidies are illegal. Congress had never explicitly appropriated those funds. The White House contends that the authority to spend the money is in the ACA statute itself. The judge didn’t buy it. Continue reading
“Across state lines.” That’s shorthand for what many GOP politicians see as part of an acceptable replacement for the Affordable Care Act.
They see the approach as reducing barriers, so insurers can base themselves in one state, but sell in other states without having to include all the coverage mandates and benefit rules in those other states. Continue reading
Chris Flavelle of Bloomberg View points out an unheralded achievement of the Affordable Care Act: It’s narrowing the race gap in health insurance.
In a recent opinion column summarizing research on insurance disparities and the ACA by Algernon Austin at the Center for Global Policy Solutions, Flavelle wrote: Continue reading
Photo: Phil Galewitz
About 25 Washington, D.C., area journalists met on Sept. 30 to learn about how the Affordable Care Act was affecting a local brewery and discover how the district’s health insurance exchange was working to help such small employers gain coverage for their employees. Continue reading