Obamacare: ‘Repeal and replace’

Expert analysis of proposals to amend the health reform law

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

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

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

A post-ACA subsidy that already exists

December 23, 2016 – Is deductibility of health premiums a promising 'repeal' component? See how it works for over 4 million who already take the… Read more

Allowing insurers to impose benefit limits might help lower premiums, but would taxpayers, patients, and families be left holding the bag?

Benefit maximums: An end to ‘free…

December 23, 2016 – Allowing insurers to impose benefit limits might help lower premiums, but would taxpayers, patients, and families be left holding the… Read more

The Kaiser Family Foundation is out with a report that highlights the extent to which the ACA's current beneficiaries – most of whom are in the lower third of the country's income distribution – would be left out in the cold by repeal.

The sickest states are the poorest…

December 15, 2016 – The states most vulnerable to medical underwriting happen to be most in need of the Affordable Care Act's income-adjusted… Read more

As a standalone replacement for the ACA, Tom Price's plan would render coverage unaffordable for the vast majority of the 20-plus million people who have gained insurance through the ACA.

A (Tom) Price cut for subsidized…

December 14, 2016 – As a standalone replacement for the ACA, Tom Price's plan would render coverage unaffordable for the vast majority of the 20-plus million… Read more

To imagine that HSA-centric legislation is going to create a seismic shift in Americans' ability and willingness to save money is ivory-tower thinking, especially if it's not combined with measures to ensure that everyone can earn a living wage.

The health savings accounts Tom Price…

December 3, 2016 – To imagine that HSA-centric legislation is going to create a seismic shift in Americans' ability and willingness to save money is… 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

Despite all their talk about replacing Obamacare, none of the Republicans running Congress or running for president have taken the time to flesh out an alternative that would work better for most Americans.

GOP candidates and the Faulty Five

January 9, 2016 – President Obama vetoed Obamacare repeal legislation this week, but will happen if on January 20, 2017, the day the next president is… Read more