Expert analysis of the latest health reform issues

So you’re telling me there’s a chance…

September 18, 2017 – With 13 days to go, I’d say Cassidy-Graham faces an uphill battle. But as we know, American politics sometimes delivers unlikely… Read more

Health Wonk Review for September 14, 2017

Health Wonk Review for September 14,…

September 15, 2017 – Whoops. Did you think that the never-ending battle over Obamacare was finally ... um ... ending? Wrong-o. As Louise Norris hints with the… Read more

As of late August, there are no "bare" counties for 2018 exchange coverage. There are lots of counties with just one insurer, but the ACA contains a variety of mechanisms to protect consumers, even when there's no competition among insurers.

‘Bare counties’ just got covered.…

August 25, 2017 – As of late August, there are no "bare" counties for 2018 exchange coverage. There are lots of counties with just one insurer, but the ACA… Read more

Health Wonk Review for August 17, 2017

August 18, 2017 – The latest edition of Health Wonk Review is posted over at Health System Ed and I've gotta say I appreciate the theme. (We certainly… Read more

Trump Country really needs a way to bypass the ACA marketplaces entirely. So Democrats' favorite policy option – the public option – would be most valuable in precisely the deep-red areas that went most fervently for Republicans and for the President.

Who really needs the public option?…

August 15, 2017 – Trump Country really needs a way to bypass the ACA marketplaces entirely. So Democrats' favorite policy option – the public option –… Read more

I have no doubt that if President Trump follows through on his tweeted desire to see Obamacare implode – just to see what happens, regardless of the collateral damage – we will be a single-payer country sooner rather than later.

Thanks, President Trump, for…

August 3, 2017 – I have no doubt that if President Trump follows through on his tweeted desire to see Obamacare implode – just to see what happens,… Read more

ACA repeal fails. At last, an end to…

July 28, 2017 – Like the crush of an elephant herd, the GOP's attack on the ACA was a blind rage that threatened to wipe out anything in its path. And what… Read more

Republicans – and President Trump – could act right now to reassure the health insurance industry and in doing so stabilize the individual health insurance market. Could it really be that easy, you ask?

Can the GOP avoid a health premium…

July 25, 2017 – Republicans – and President Trump – could act right now to reassure the health insurance industry and in doing so stabilize the… Read more

Would your plan cover John McCain’s…

July 25, 2017 – There are more than 12,000 Americans who will be diagnosed with glioblastoma this year. Unfortunately, many of them do not have the level… Read more

Health Wonk Review for July 21, 2017

July 21, 2017 – It's summer, and nothing says summer like a seemingly unending roadtrip with family – a journey always made to seem that much longer and… Read more

New Senate draft leaves its five fatal…

July 14, 2017 – HAROLD POLLACK: Today, Republican Senate leaders released the latest version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), their Affordable… Read more

The GOP's ACA repeal legislation – and its waiver options for states to adjust essential health benefit requirements – would clearly impact small-group plans.

What ACA repeal could do to…

July 7, 2017 – The GOP's ACA repeal legislation – and its waiver options for states to adjust essential health benefit requirements – would clearly… Read more

The Kansas legislature begins each day with prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. For me, as we finish with "... and justice for all," I frequently add under my breath "thus, expand Medicaid!" Social justice is one of the four tenets in bioethics, and a value that I hold close to my heart. Being a Republican Senator from Kansas and a vocal advocate for Medicaid expansion, as unexpected as that sounds, is simply a natural consequence of quoting the pledge each day. – Kansas State Sen. Barbara Bollier

‘Justice for all’ must include…

July 7, 2017 – If this country wants to have any control over the cost of healthcare coupled with positive health outcomes, it MUST seek ways to ensure… Read more

What argument could possibly convince critics of the Medicaid expansion that taking back health coverage from someone who earns $46 dollars a day – or less – is the right thing to do?

Clawing back coverage from the poor

July 5, 2017 – What argument could possibly convince critics of the Medicaid expansion that taking back health coverage from someone who earns $46 dollars… Read more

I have diabetes. The ACA is a ‘BFD’…

June 29, 2017 – As someone with diabetes, I can attest that the ACA is truly a BFD. The law has been a godsend to me, financially, health-wise, and, well,… Read more

Mitch McConnell

High out-of-pocket costs are a…

June 29, 2017 – The high cost sharing in the BCRA is not a bug, it's a feature. The Republican bill could aptly be called the Cost Sharing Inflation… Read more

Health Wonk Review for June 23, 2017

June 25, 2017 – I nearly did a double take when I saw Joe Paduda's work on this week's Health Wonk Review – and not just because he dubbed it The Double… Read more

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear

Healthcare is about people – not…

June 23, 2017 – Healthcare is about people, not the legislative victories that Sen. McConnell so desperately… Read more

What ‘ramming through’ a health bill…

June 23, 2017 – Is what Senate Republicans have done anything at all like what Senate Democrats did to pass the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act?… Read more

Imagine the added burdens Rep. Scalise and other survivors of this tragedy would face if they were uninsured and facing multiple surgeries, rehabilitation, and other intense needs that accompany serious gunshot wounds.

What if Rep. Steve Scalise was…

June 19, 2017 – Tens of thousands of people are shot every year and survive their injuries. Many require costly forms of care. At least through ACA, we… Read more