Not Ready on Time: Three Major Provisions of Obamacare Delayed for at Least a Year

By: Wednesday July 3, 2013 7:42 am

Despite almost fours years of preparation many significant provisions in the Affordable Care Act will not be ready for 2014. The Obama administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate until 2015 now makes it the third major coverage expansion provision that will not go into effect on time. Earlier this year the administration announced the employer [...]

Connecticut Looks Into Creating Basic Health Plan

By: Wednesday February 1, 2012 11:51 am

Some Connecticut legislators are seriously looking into creating a Basic Health Plan for people who make between 133 and 200 percent of the federal poverty level, instead of forcing them to use the new private health insurance exchanges. From CT News Junkie: Over the next few months the legislature will have to tackle some tough [...]

California Considering Basic Health Plan

By: Wednesday August 17, 2011 7:44 am

Some in the California state legislature are looking to create a new Basic Health Plan as part of implementing the Affordable Care Act. The law give states the option of automatically putting people making less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level in a state run Basic Health Plan instead of forcing them to buy [...]

Illinois Also Concludes Private Health Exchanges Provide Worse, More Expensive Insurance

By: Thursday March 3, 2011 12:29 pm

The Illinois’s health care reform implementation panel has released its initial recommendations. They concluded that the private insurer exchanges created by the new health care law are likely to be a relatively bad deal for low-income residents, and that the state would be able to provide them better and cheaper coverage through a new public [...]

Pennsylvania Board Recommends “Basic Health Plan” Over Exchanges in New Law

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 2:30 pm

The Commonwealth Health Care Reform Implementation Advisory Committee created by out-going Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell recently submitted its report on implementing the new health care law. The committee recommended the state strongly consider covering people making between 133-200% of FPL (Federal Poverty Level) with the optional “Basic Health Plan” program added to the bill by [...]

A Look at SustiNet: Connecticut’s Potential Public Option

By: Monday January 17, 2011 7:46 am

Connecticut is poised to be on the leading progressive edge of what is possible under the new federal health care law by providing a rather robust state-based public option. If the state adopts the proposed SustiNet health plan (PDF) it would integrate the many different group insurance plans the state currently provides into a unified [...]

Connecticut Informed That Private Insurance Exchanges Are Bad Deals for Consumers, Taxpayers

By: Wednesday January 5, 2011 2:21 pm

The subsidized private health insurance exchanges created by the new health care law are going to do a very poor job of providing affordable health care to the low income Americans they are meant to serve, according to a new draft report to the Connecticut General Assembly from the Sustinet Health Partnership Board of Directors. [...]

Democrats Better Have a Health Care Reform Reconciliation-Only “Plan B”

By: Friday March 12, 2010 8:13 am

I’m still skeptical that Democrats will ever be able to find the votes to pass their current health care reform strategy. Their plan is to have the House pass the comprehensive Senate bill as it is, then pass “fixes” using reconciliation. With even the Democratic leadership basically admitting that there is no way out of [...]

Media Falsely Equates Cantwell’s Amendment with Public Option

By: Wednesday October 7, 2009 9:45 am

Last week, Think Progress wrote a piece about how the media was falsely equating Cantwell’s “basic health plan” amendment with a public option. Since then, the problem continues to persist, so I think it needs to be addressed again. Politico has repeatedly referred to her amendment as a public option alternative, “quasi state-based public option,” [...]

Did Obama Ask Sen. Cantwell To Mislead You?

By: Monday October 5, 2009 6:49 am

Since last Thursday when Sen. Cantwell started calling her “basic health plan” proposal a “public plan,” I have been very troubled. Unfortunately, several media outlets have uncritically repeated her claim that it is a public option. I don’t dislike Cantwell’s basic health amendment. In fact, I think it has some merit even if it is [...]