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March, 2012

Supreme Court bubble

Supreme Court has the power, but not the social authority, to kill health reform

The Court might damage or destroy the centerpiece of the Obama presidency. This would be an abuse of judicial power. It would also hurt millions of people whose pleas for help seem quite abstract to men in robes who might snatch that help away.

March 30, 2012

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An elephant forgets: the individual mandate

For nearly 20 years the GOP trumpeted the virtues of the individual mandate … until it was enacted by a Democratic president.

March 28, 2012

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Supreme Court media circus

Why is SCOTUS hearing an ACA challenge?

As Rachel Maddow observed last night: this case was “built up as the Super Bowl of American partisan politics.” Thus, the Supreme Court was left with little choice: it had to hear “The Case of the Century.”

March 28, 2012

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Obama Supreme Court

Will SCOTUS strike down health reform?

I cannot believe for a minute that this Court wants to go down in history as the Gang of Nine that quashed the most important piece of legislation that Congress has passed in 37 years. If it did, we could find ourselves on the brink of a constitutional crisis.

March 26, 2012

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obama signs ACA

Happy birthday, health reform

I was only a bit player in health reform, way in the back of the room when the real work was done. I still consider that work the most significant I have ever done.

March 23, 2012

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Give your member of Congress a checkup

Give your member of Congress a ‘health reform checkup’ at before the November elections.

March 23, 2012

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50 billion smiles for Obama supporters

More good news for health care reform. The Congressional Budget Office – that nonpartisan referee that scores the financial impact of legislation – now says its revised figures show the 10-year cost of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be $50 billion less than it estimated just a year ago. Considering that health reform was […]

March 15, 2012

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ACA removes lifetime health insurance limits

Lifetime limits a big (million-dollar) deal

The costs of removing lifetime caps on health insurance coverage are expected to be modest for insurance carriers. The impact for insured American families with catastrophic health conditions? Monumental.

March 6, 2012

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Health Wonk Review for June 5, 2014

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Looking beyond the botched ACA rollout

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Figuring out how to put ‘skin in the game’

The studies indicate that people are very responsive to healthcare prices when they see…

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Can we ‘do the right thing’ profitably?

David Cutler was the author of a prescient and scathing 2010 analysis warning of the need…


Dem ad slays Obamacare-hating Republican

Of the nearly half a billion dollars that has been spent on political ads mentioning the…


Health Wonk Review for May 22, 2014

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Obamacare: Just what the doctor ordered?

In Part 2 of my conversation with Sabrina Corlette, we talk about whether the Affordable…

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Health Wonk Review for May 8, 2014

Just a reminder that if you're still looking for some compelling health policy reading…


‘Bros’ on board – and other promising signs

With 8 million Americans enrolled in Obamacare's exchanges – 28 percent of them young…

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