Expert analysis of the latest health reform issues

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February 6, 2017 – President Trump promised that once Obamacare's repealed everybody will be "beautifully covered."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

Sometimes, there's just so much health policy blogging out there ... it feels like Policypalooza or Wonktober Fest or something. Right now is one of those times.

Health Wonk Review for January 26,…

January 28, 2017 – Sometimes, there's just so much health policy blogging out there ... it feels like Policypalooza or Wonktober Fest or something. Right now… Read more

By block granting Medicaid, Republicans will finally produce the death panels they’ve always predicted.

Could Republicans wreck Medicaid?

January 26, 2017 – By block granting Medicaid, Republicans will finally produce the death panels they’ve always… Read more

'Ryan’s playing us all for fools in an effort to drum up support for his own version of health care reform.' – Louise Norris

3 GOP repeal comments that are…

January 22, 2017 – 'Ryan’s playing us all for fools in an effort to drum up support for his own version of healthcare reform.' – Louise… Read more

Just how badly could Republicans mess with your health coverage? Minnesota's legislature has just passed a terrifying blueprint.

The end of real coverage as we know…

January 22, 2017 – Just how badly could Republicans mess with your health coverage? Minnesota's legislature has just passed a terrifying… Read more

"The Affordable Care Act may be headed for destruction, but I'm betting not." – Harold Pollack

Obamacare is not ‘toast.’

January 20, 2017 – "The Affordable Care Act may be headed for destruction, but I'm betting not." – Harold… Read more

Sadness. Gratitude. Cautious optimism.

January 20, 2017 – On this, the inauguration day of our 45th U.S. president, we will not mince words. We will not conceal our sadness as we bid fond farewell… Read more

How will Republicans' repeal-and-delay strategy play out? Here are some possible scenarios, listed worst-to-best from the point of view of someone who wants to maintain affordable coverage for as many people as possible.

7 ways the GOP could blow up ACA’s…

January 17, 2017 – How will Republicans' repeal-and-delay strategy play out? Here are some possible scenarios, listed worst-to-best from the point of view of… Read more

January 12, 2017 Health Wonk Review

Health Wonk Review for January 12,…

January 15, 2017 – If you're still doing some Sunday health policy catch-up reading, definitely check out the latest edition of Health Wonk Review, hosted by… Read more

High-risk pools were a last resort for…

January 13, 2017 – High-risk pools could be resurrected, and yes, they could potentially work. But they would require massive cash infusions from the federal… Read more

Stay calm and resist repeal.

January 12, 2017 – Supporters of the law who may fear a death blow was struck last night actually have plenty of time to channel their fear and nervous energy… Read more

6 ways you can resist ‘insta-repeal’…

January 11, 2017 – What can you do to protect the ACA's hard-won benefits – 12 million people enrolled in health plans in the ACA marketplace, another 12… Read more

Obamacare is far from perfect, but as individuals and as a country, we are much better off with it than without it.

Back from the Future. (A sequel we’ll…

January 6, 2017 – Obamacare is far from perfect, but as individuals and as a country, we are much better off with it than without it.… Read more

‘Obamacare saved my life’

January 5, 2017 – While policy wonks analyze the political challenges of repealing Obamacare, millions of Americans who rely on it to help pay for lifesaving… Read more