Expert analysis of the latest health reform issues

I don't know of any other country in the world that would allow insurers to treat their human being customers with such little regard. Yet we seem to think this is somehow OK. That it just is and always will be. That's what the insurance industry wants us to believe, and, take it from me, they spend millions of dollars every year to make us and our politicians believe it.

Health insurance industry has blood on…

February 15, 2017 – I don't know of any other country in the world that would allow insurers to treat their human being customers with such little regard. Yet… Read more

50 ways to lose your coverage

February 10, 2017 – Unfortunately, the average American doesn't seem to have a good sense of what repeal could cost them. Many aren't even certain that they've… Read more

‘Obamacare Saved My Life, Too.’

February 6, 2017 – President Trump promised that once Obamacare's repealed everybody will be "beautifully covered." That would be great. But Kristin Wolf… Read more

When Obamacare goes high, Trump goes…

February 3, 2017 – We know what to expect: No matter what happens with the law ... no matter how high its successes reach ... they will always go low. And… Read more

Sometimes, there's just so much health policy blogging out there ... it feels like Policypalooza or Wonktober Fest or something. Right now is one of those times.

Health Wonk Review for January 26,…

January 28, 2017 – Sometimes, there's just so much health policy blogging out there ... it feels like Policypalooza or Wonktober Fest or something. Right now… Read more

"The Affordable Care Act may be headed for destruction, but I'm betting not." – Harold Pollack

Obamacare is not ‘toast.’

January 20, 2017 – "The Affordable Care Act may be headed for destruction, but I'm betting not." – Harold… Read more

Sadness. Gratitude. Cautious optimism.

January 20, 2017 – On this, the inauguration day of our 45th U.S. president, we will not mince words. We will not conceal our sadness as we bid fond farewell… Read more

January 12, 2017 Health Wonk Review

Health Wonk Review for January 12,…

January 15, 2017 – If you're still doing some Sunday health policy catch-up reading, definitely check out the latest edition of Health Wonk Review, hosted by… Read more

Obamacare is far from perfect, but as individuals and as a country, we are much better off with it than without it.

Back from the Future. (A sequel we’ll…

January 6, 2017 – Obamacare is far from perfect, but as individuals and as a country, we are much better off with it than without it.… Read more

‘Obamacare saved my life’

January 5, 2017 – While policy wonks analyze the political challenges of repealing Obamacare, millions of Americans who rely on it to help pay for lifesaving… Read more

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has many challenges. I wish that it did more for people. It also does an incredible amount of good for millions of people—including precisely the group of swing-state white voters who delivered the election to Republicans who have pledged to in some way snatch that coverage away.

Obamacare for Trump’s base

December 23, 2016 – The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has many challenges. I wish that it did more for people. It also does an incredible amount of good for… Read more

Repealing the ACA would be the only…

December 16, 2016 – In sharing these stories, we hope that our policy makers will understand that the only true disaster is the one that awaits us if the ACA… Read more

For now, the political challenge brings a bracing clarity: to implacably resist the rollback of ACA. One must defend millions of people who might be hurt. This is a human imperative, and there are many political opportunities to be effective.

Resistance to repeal will not be…

December 12, 2016 – For now, the political challenge brings a bracing clarity: to implacably resist the rollback of ACA. One must defend millions of people who… Read more

How many Americans voted for Donald Trump (and presumably the rest of the Republicans on the ticket), "thus ensuring that they've effectively slit their own throats?" Charles Gaba runs the numbers.

‘Please take away my health coverage.’

November 30, 2016 – How many Americans voted for Donald Trump (and presumably the rest of the Republicans on the ticket), "thus ensuring that they've… Read more

Health Wonk Review: Post-Election Edition, November 11, 2016

Health Wonk Review for November 11,…

November 15, 2016 – The media went crazy with post-election coverage last week and Joe Paduda made his own contribution with a special Post-Election Edition of… Read more

Health Wonk Review for November 3, 2016

Health Wonk Review for November 3,…

November 4, 2016 – Brad Wright has posted the latest edition of Health Wonk Review over at Wright on Health – and it's a beaut! (Well, maybe not so… Read more

ObamaCare has certainly had its fair share of media mischaracterizations – so a little fact checking is in order.

Dissecting ObamaCare and its impact

November 3, 2016 – ObamaCare has certainly had its fair share of media mischaracterizations – so a little fact checking is in… Read more

If health insurance rate hikes make you feel stuck between a rock and a hard place, take heart. These strategies may offer a way out.

Escaping the crush of premium…

October 14, 2016 – If health insurance rate hikes make you feel stuck between a rock and a hard place, take heart. These strategies may offer a way… Read more

While headlines about huge rate increases and carrier exits have been everywhere over the last few months, they only apply to the 7 percent of the population with individual health insurance coverage, and to anyone in the uninsured segment who’s considering jumping into the insurance pool for 2017.

Who’s bearing the brunt of rate…

October 14, 2016 – While headlines about huge rate increases and carrier exits have been everywhere over the last few months, they only apply to the 7 percent… Read more

Debate offers only a glimmer of hope…

October 10, 2016 – More than anything, ACA requires pragmatic, bipartisan problem-solving in an era of divided government and unprecedented polarization… Read more