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McConnell's health plan has five fatal flaws

New Senate draft leaves its five fatal flaws intact

July 14, 2017 – HAROLD POLLACK: Today, Republican Senate leaders released the latest version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), their Affordable… Read more

how repeal might change small-group coverage

What ACA repeal could do to small-group coverage

July 7, 2017 – The GOP's ACA repeal legislation – and its waiver options for states to adjust essential health benefit requirements – would clearly… Read more

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‘Justice for all’ must include healthcare

July 7, 2017 – If this country wants to have any control over the cost of healthcare coupled with positive health outcomes, it MUST seek ways to ensure… Read more

Who received the ACA Medicaid expansion help?

Clawing back coverage from the poor

July 5, 2017 – What argument could possibly convince critics of the Medicaid expansion that taking back health coverage from someone who earns $46 dollars… Read more

Biden tells Obama that health care is a BFD

I have diabetes. The ACA is a ‘BFD’ for me.

June 29, 2017 – As someone with diabetes, I can attest that the ACA is truly a BFD. The law has been a godsend to me, financially, health-wise, and, well,… Read more

To GOP. higher out of pocket costs are a feature, not a bug

High out-of-pocket costs are a feature, not a bug

June 29, 2017 – The high cost sharing in the BCRA is not a bug, it's a feature. The Republican bill could aptly be called the Cost Sharing Inflation… Read more

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Health Wonk Review for June 23, 2017

June 25, 2017 – I nearly did a double take when I saw Joe Paduda's work on this week's Health Wonk Review – and not just because he dubbed it The Double… Read more

Gov. Steve Beshear signs healthcare legislation

Healthcare is about people – not legislative wins

June 23, 2017 – Healthcare is about people, not the legislative victories that Sen. McConnell so desperately… Read more

Contrasting GOP and Democrat health reform processes

What ‘ramming through’ a health bill looks like

June 23, 2017 – Is what Senate Republicans have done anything at all like what Senate Democrats did to pass the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act?… Read more

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What if Rep. Steve Scalise was uninsured?

June 19, 2017 – Tens of thousands of people are shot every year and survive their injuries. Many require costly forms of care. At least through ACA, we… Read more

What will happen when Medicaid is dismembered?

AHCA’s unkindest cuts

June 16, 2017 – The damage Republicans will likely do to the individual market is dwarfed by the damage they will certainly do (if they pass anything) to… Read more

diabetes and the aca

False hope for millions who dread losing insurance

June 12, 2017 – A Senate pledge to preserve a guarantee to cover pre-existing health conditions is of little value if other ACA protections don’t also… Read more