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repeal and replace

The Kansas legislature begins each day with prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. For me, as we finish with "... and justice for all," I frequently add under my breath "thus, expand Medicaid!" Social justice is one of the four tenets in bioethics, and a value that I hold close to my heart. Being a Republican Senator from Kansas and a vocal advocate for Medicaid expansion, as unexpected as that sounds, is simply a natural consequence of quoting the pledge each day. – Kansas State Sen. Barbara Bollier

‘Justice for all’ must include…

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

What argument could possibly convince critics of the Medicaid expansion that taking back health coverage from someone who earns $46 dollars a day – or less – is the right thing to do?

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

Mitch McConnell

High out-of-pocket costs are a…

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

What ‘ramming through’ a health bill…

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

The new plan to cut out the heart of…

April 14, 2017 – Community rating is the one thing that keeps insurance companies from gouging most of their customers. It's the thing that helps makes the… 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

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

"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

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 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

How many Americans voted for Donald Trump (and presumably the rest of the Republicans on the ticket), "thus ensuring that they've effectively slit their own throats?" Charles Gaba runs the numbers.

‘Please take away my health coverage.’

November 30, 2016 – How many Americans voted for Donald Trump (and presumably the rest of the Republicans on the ticket), "thus ensuring that they've… Read more

If Trump were serious about offering "something beautiful" in place of the ACA, it might look very like a "BHP for all who need it" – that is, a program offering plans to anyone lacking access to employer-sponsored insurance or another public insurance program.

Replacing the ACA with something…

November 12, 2016 – If Trump were serious about offering "something beautiful" in place of the ACA, it might look very like a "BHP for all who need it" –… Read more

Donald Trump will be our next president. What exactly does that mean for your health insurance coverage and access to healthcare?

The ‘Trump effect’ on your Obamacare…

November 12, 2016 – Donald Trump will be our next president. What exactly does that mean for your health insurance coverage and access to healthcare?… Read more

Paul Starr wonders whether the nation can ignore a 'drumbeat of cynicism' and deliver health reform gains under a new administration.

Obamacare and its future under a new…

November 4, 2016 – Paul Starr wonders whether the nation can ignore a 'drumbeat of cynicism' and deliver health reform gains under a new… Read more

Ryan’s outlandish proposal is wrong on the facts and ignores recent history. But it does give us a peek at what a Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act will look like – and it is both ugly and cruel. – Ron Pollack, Families USA

Paul Ryan pulls back the curtain

May 9, 2016 – Ryan’s outlandish proposal is wrong on the facts and ignores recent history. But it does give us a peek at what a Republican replacement… Read more

Marco Rubio says Obamare was a job killer. The employment numbers tell a different story.

Look who’s talking about healthcare…

February 26, 2016 – After months of lip service on healthcare, Republican presidential frontrunners unleash a barrage of recycled and nonsensical policy… Read more