Posts by year

2018

The debate over protection for people with pre-existing conditions has become a proxy war for what matters most on the healthcare front in West Virginia (and other poor red states): the ACA Medicaid expansion.

The assault on pre-existing conditions is the least of it

September 10, 2018 – The debate over protection for people with pre-existing conditions has become a proxy war for what matters most on the healthcare front in… Read more

Health Wonk Review for August 23, 2018

Health Wonk Review for August 23, 2018

August 24, 2018 – The kids are headed back to school and the pool is closed for the summer, but there's still time for one last edition of Health Wonk… Read more

The GOP is pooh poohing the effects of their Affordable Care Act sabotage by pointing to smaller premium increases for 2019. Democrats should point out that without GOP sabotage, premiums would be going downward.

What’s the real price of Obamacare sabotage?

August 23, 2018 – The GOP is pooh poohing the effects of their Affordable Care Act sabotage by pointing to smaller premium increases for 2019. Democrats… Read more

Health Wonk Review for July 11, 2018

Health Wonk Review for July 11, 2018

July 12, 2018 – Summer's here and the time is right for dancing .... uh ... I mean for another edition of Health Wonk Review. Peggy Salvatore, blogger in… Read more

Health Wonk Review for June 14, 2018

Health Wonk Review for June 14, 2018

June 15, 2018 – Henry Stern, who leads the blogging crew over at Insureblog, put together this week's edition of Health Wonk Review and has given it… Read more

President Trump says deregulation of association health plans will deliver "tremendous insurance at a very low cost." So why do policy experts overwhelming oppose the rule?

The problem with association health plans

June 1, 2018 – President Trump says deregulation of association health plans will deliver "tremendous insurance at a very low cost." So why do policy… Read more

Michael Johnson, Blue Shield Exposed

One way to ease ACA rate hikes? Fix the rebate formula.

April 25, 2018 – Want to help unsubsidized Affordable Care Act enrollees with premiums? Repair a glitch in the ACA's medical loss ratio… Read more

Health Wonk Review for April 19, 2018

Health Wonk Review for April 19, 2018

April 20, 2018 – Louise Norris, a frequent contributor at healthinsurance.org, has posted the latest edition of Health Wonk Review over at her own blog, the… Read more

When I was nine, I was diagnosed with a serious childhood illness similar to spinal meningitis. I spent three months in the hospital. My grandparents had health insurance, but they weren’t allowed to list me as a dependent and their insurance wouldn’t cover my care. They were forced to make great sacrifices to pay for my health care. I got better, but when my grandparents looked for an insurance policy that would cover me they discovered that, because of my previous illness, they couldn’t find such a policy. Not from any insurer. Not at any price. I was branded with the words “pre-existing condition.”

Guaranteeing affordable health coverage for all

March 8, 2018 – Across the country, premiums keep rising as a result of repeated attempts to sabotage our health care system. Instead of re-hashing old,… Read more

In crafting the ACA, Democrats worked hard and failed to win Republican support, and they worked hard, with some success, to win support from doctors, hospitals, pharma and other “stakeholders.” But that support – from doctor and hospital groups in particular – was lukewarm at best eight years later as Republicans pressed their repeal efforts. And so, according to Pollack: “The lesson Democrats have learned politically is that they’re alone. They’re not going to get Republican support. They’re not going to get stakeholder support for some of the most critical things.” Pollack added that Democrats have also learned from the tactics Republicans used in their bids to ram through ACA repeal bills (very nearly successful) and tax cuts (successful) via budget reconciliation, a Senate maneuver that avoids filibuster and so can enable a bill to pass with just 51 Senate votes. (That would solve the problem, highlighted by Timothy Jost, of winning over the most moderate and vulnerable Democratic senators.) “Democrats will be much more ruthless the next time around,” Pollack asserts.

Medicare for (almost) all, brought to Earth

February 23, 2018 – There's not much for beneficiaries of such a system not to like. Medicare Extra promises all-but-universal access to virtually all… Read more

Health Wonk Review: Going for the Gold Edition, February 15, 2018

Health Wonk Review for February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018 – It’s February 15, so sorry … no Valentine Edition of Health Wonk Review this week. The good news? I’m all swept up in the Olympic… Read more

Katya Powder

Enrolling like their lives depend on it

February 7, 2018 – More Americans are appreciating the Affordable Care Act more than ever – and they're showing it by continuing to enroll in ACA-compliant… Read more