More Health Reform Predictions Coming True: Affordability Subsidies Targeted for Second Time

By: Wednesday March 9, 2011 2:58 pm

Again, some of my darkest predictions about the new health care law are coming true. With businesses again clamoring for corporate tax reduction, the go-to in Pay-Go-obsessed Washington are the affordability subsidies for people who will be using the new health care exchanges. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared that he supported the House Republicans’ [...]

Health Care Reconciliation: Increases In Affordability Tax Credits Only Temporary

By: Thursday March 18, 2010 10:39 am

One of the Democratic leadership’s talking points for the reconciliation bill is that it increases affordability tax credits for people on the exchange. What they aren’t saying is that the increase in subsidies in the Senate bill is only temporary. From the CBO: An important component of the longer-term analysis is that, beginning in 2019, [...]

Obama’s Un-Sellable Hodgepodge of Minor Health Care Changes

By: Monday February 22, 2010 12:40 pm

The big question right now is, how do you sell Obama’s new health care proposal? His proposal is basically the Senate bill with some minor tweaks. Some of the changes should be popular–like a minor increase in affordability tax credits–and some changes–like an increase in the individual mandate penalty–should end up very unpopular. What I [...]

If This Were Germany, Denmark, Belgium, or France, We Would Not Need Affordability Tax Credits

By: Tuesday December 29, 2009 9:38 am

Our health care system is unbelievably more expensive than any other first world nation. On a per capita basis, we spend over 50% more on health care than the second most expensive nation, Norway. As a nation, we spend more than twice as much per capita on health care than first world countries like Germany, [...]