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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

For example, if after notice from the government, a Swiss citizen fails to sign up for insurance, Swiss cantons – the equivalent of states in the U.S. – can impose a penalty ranging from 30 percent to 50 percent above the cost of insurance premiums. If after three months the uninsured still doesn't pick a plan, the authorities choose one for them, and allow insurers to sue for unpaid premiums.

Do we need a stiffer individual…

September 14, 2016 – Would a heftier tax penalty for being uninsured fix anemic marketplace enrollment and help to prevent an ACA death spiral? At least one… Read more

Tax code fix will deliver dental for…

July 14, 2016 – The National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) estimated in 2014 that 366,616 low-income children under the age of 18 and their families… Read more

The Public Option doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of being enacted, even at the state level, as long as the insurance industry and its allies are able to continue spending whatever it takes to influence both elections and public policy.

Seriously: Is the Public Option really…

July 12, 2016 – The Public Option doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of being enacted, even at the state level, as long as the insurance industry and its… Read more

Without the ACA, we'd still have 45 million people without health insurance, including a significant number of people with behavioral health problems. And health plans would still be able to deny applications based on medical history, and sell plans that didn't cover behavioral health treatment at all.

How Obamacare improved mental health…

February 16, 2016 – Without the ACA, we'd still have 45 million people without health insurance, including a significant number of people with behavioral… Read more

Can Hillary Clinton use the Affordable Care Act's gains to bring the nation closer to 100 percent health coverage?

How close can we get to zero percent…

February 7, 2016 – Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both want to bring the nation closer to 100 percent health coverage? Here are some proposals for… Read more

Obamacare has absolutely been a game-changer for people with MS and other chronic illnesses. But there is still work to be done.

Obamacare: a game changer for MS…

January 13, 2016 – Obamacare has absolutely been a game-changer for people with MS and other chronic illnesses. But there is still work to be… Read more

Obamacare: A Stepping Stone?

November 9, 2015 – The following guest post is from Simon F. Haeder, the winner of healthinsurance.org's 2014 Health Wonk Scholarship. Haeder is a Ph.D.… Read more

When former defense secretary Leon Panetta joined the board of directors of Blue Shield of California, he explained: “I have chosen to serve on the board of Blue Shield because it is a not-for-profit health plan . . . Blue Shield is focused on the long-term welfare of the entire community, not just its members.” Recent events, however, cast doubt about that.

What’s Leon Panetta going to do about…

September 14, 2015 – When former defense secretary Leon Panetta joined the board of directors of Blue Shield of California, he explained: “I have chosen to… Read more

2015 Republican debate on FOX News

Has FOX News surrendered on Obamacare?

August 7, 2015 – "The fact that FOX barely mentioned [Obamacare] at all tonight was far more significant than any questions they might have brought up about… Read more

Blue Shield of California tax status

Show Californians the money

March 24, 2015 – By acting like a for-profit insurer, Blue Shield is shortchanging the public of the social welfare benefits taxpayers have paid it to… Read more