Expert analysis of the latest health reform issues

The Senate is working on its own version of repeal-and-replace legislation. Here's what happens next ... and how you can react.

The Senate’s Obamacare repeal bill: a…

May 26, 2017 – The Senate is working on its own version of repeal-and-replace legislation. Here's what happens next ... and how you can… Read more

You can only lie about policy in…

May 25, 2017 – What's worse: Covering up for a 'joke' about Trump being paid by Vladimir Putin? Or fundamentally mischaracterizing the clear implications… Read more

While the individual market might not be exploding (not yet, at least), Republican talking points about the problems in the individual market are not entirely without merit. But the story of Obamacare's problems is not complete unless we take a look back over the last several years and look at all the ways Republican lawmakers, governors, and pundits – and now the Trump Administration – took steps to deliberately weaken the Affordable Care Act. - Louise Norris

10 ways the GOP sabotaged Obamacare

May 17, 2017 – The story of Obamacare's problems is not complete unless we take a look back at all the ways Republican lawmakers took steps to… Read more

The Zombie Trumpcare (AHCA) Cheat…

May 4, 2017 – After weeks of uncertainty, the House Republicans appear to finally have reached a point of certainty as to whether they can pass the… Read more

By allowing states to waive preexisting condition protections, AHCA would allow insurers to restore a practice called "medical underwriting" to rummage through your private business in ways that most Americans find intrusive and revolting.

Get ready for the uncomfortable…

May 3, 2017 – By allowing states to waive preexisting condition protections, AHCA would allow insurers to restore a practice called "medical… Read more

Health Wonk Review for April 20, 2017

April 20, 2017 – Brad Wright has the Who's on First? Edition of Health Wonk Review posted over at Wright on Health and it's giving me a nasty case of dèjá… Read more

although it may be true that the ACA markets overall are not in a death spiral, there are certainly some states where the situation is precarious, even without further destabilizing action on the part of the Trump Administration.

The ACA isn’t imploding. Is your…

April 18, 2017 – Although the ACA is a federal law that applies in every state, insurance markets are regulated at the state level, and markets vary… Read more

The new plan to cut out the heart of…

April 14, 2017 – Community rating is the one thing that keeps insurance companies from gouging most of their customers. It's the thing that helps makes the… Read more

Health Wonk Review for April 6, 2017

April 7, 2017 – "Is there still and Obamacare individual mandate penalty?" and (totally unrelated) "Tell me more about why Afghanis 'bop' each other on the… Read more

Wendell Potter: Speaker Ryan’s repeal…

March 31, 2017 – If you're not able to write Ryan a big check, the healthcare system he has in mind won't be centered on… Read more

Want to help former inmates become productive members of society? We can start by removing barriers to health coverage and care.

Healthcare lessons from the ‘World’s…

March 30, 2017 – If we want to help former inmates become productive members of society, we can start by removing barriers to health coverage and… Read more

Trump pulls vote on AHCA

Obamacare remains the law of the land.…

March 24, 2017 – After four hours of debate today, House leadership abruptly pulled H.R. 1628 – the American Health Care Act (AHCA) — without a vote.… Read more

True to the title, this edition is loaded up with perspectives on the Republicans' Obamacare repeal legislation: the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bill – as Louise points out – "would repeal many of the ACA’s spending-related provisions and implement replacements for some aspects of the ACA."

Health Wonk Review for March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017 – True to the title, this edition is loaded up with perspectives on the Republicans' Obamacare repeal legislation: the American Health Care… Read more

Kara is by inclination vigilant about her health, and the periods of uninsurance caused her serious anxiety. "I am Type A – get a yearly skin check, see my OB-gyn, put a lot into making sure I'm healthy." In 2013, she recalls, "I held my breath – paid out-of-pocket for any healthcare I needed, while desperately seeking insurance. I would have paid $500 a month if I could have found a plan. I was terrified that one injury or illness could financially devastate me. I signed up for Obamacare the day the marketplace went online."

The price isn’t ideal, but ACA’s…

March 23, 2017 – These four earn too much to be eligible for subsidies, and their plans' provider networks can be narrow. Still, they dread repeal of the… Read more

Trump voter.

Trump voter would have large ACA…

March 20, 2017 – She's uninsured. She needs help, but she's unaware that GOP plan would put coverage further out of her… Read more

House GOP misleads with meme on health…

March 17, 2017 – Here's a rundown of the five claims the Republicans made in their meme, and an explanation on how some of us outside the House GOP caucus… Read more

Will “repeal and replace” implode?

March 14, 2017 – Republicans just proposed a $12,900 annual premium increase on low-income 64-year-olds. A shambolic… Read more

Trumpcare disappoints.

How does Trumpcare measure up?

March 13, 2017 – Yes, that's right: 24 million more people would be uninsured under Trumpcare than are today...more than reversing the 20-22 million net… Read more

6 reasons women should fear ACA repeal

Top 6 reasons women should fear ACA…

March 13, 2017 – As an independent journalist, I’ve long bought health insurance on the private market. And, I remember the days before the Affordable… Read more

Health Wonk Review for March 9, 2017

March 10, 2017 – The latest edition of Health Wonk Review is posted over at Health System Ed. Thanks to host Peggy Salvatore for dubbing it the May You Live… Read more