Expert analysis of the latest health reform issues

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

Trumpcare steals from the poor

The poor get poorer under GOP’s tax…

March 10, 2017 – The AHCA would result in higher premiums for older people, smaller tax credits for poorer and older people, reduced access to Medicaid for… Read more

Trump ‘shooting from the hip’ to…

March 8, 2017 – HHS has proposed a variety of rule changes aimed at individual market stabilization for 2018, but the overall strategy doesn’t appear to… Read more

Decoding Republicans’ language of…

March 4, 2017 – With so much at stake for millions who gained coverage thanks to the ACA, it’s critical that consumers not be misled by promises wrapped… Read more

Health Wonk Review for February 23,…

February 24, 2017 – Could there be a more perfect time for a President's Day edition of Health Wonk Review? I can't imagine one. Seems like everything that's… Read more

Democrats in Congress should consider pushing for a vetting of the Cassidy-Collins bill if only to keep Republicans from signing on to a swift gutting of ACA funding via budget reconciliation.

I was spanked by a Nun on the Bus

February 23, 2017 – Democrats in Congress should consider pushing for a vetting of the Cassidy-Collins bill if only to keep Republicans from signing on to a… Read more

As a matter of political strategy, I understand why ACA's opponents might seek to divide Americans with disabilities from other Medicaid recipients. I don't think this will work. Curtailing Medicaid expansion certainly won't improve disability services. Instead, it will make them worse.

Enrollment freeze: ‘the cold shoulder’…

February 22, 2017 – As a matter of political strategy, I understand why ACA's opponents might seek to divide Americans with disabilities from other Medicaid… Read more

Affordable Care Act supporters gird…

February 20, 2017 – We're at one of those moments right now for millions of American families. It's a moment to tell the truth to the American public. Get past… Read more

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

But to get a sense of how congressional representatives are responding to their constituents' calls about the Affordable Care Act, whether callers reached a real person and whether they felt their concerns were heard, I reached out, via social media, to a handful of folks who contacted their representatives asking them to preserve the Affordable Care Act.

You’re protesting ACA repeal. Is…

February 15, 2017 – To get a sense of how congressional representatives are responding to their constituents' calls about the Affordable Care Act, whether… 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