If Health Care Deserves an Up-or-Down Vote, Have the Senate Pass the House Bill

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 8:56 am

During Wednesday’s health care address, President Obama said that the American people deserve a final up-or-down vote on health care reform: So, no matter which approach you favor, I believe the United States Congress owes the American people a final vote on health care reform. We have debated this issue thoroughly, not just for the [...]

No Health Plan Is Safe From The Stupak Amendment

By: Tuesday November 17, 2009 3:01 pm

The Stupak Amendment could radically reduce the availability of abortion coverage in this country. The amendment effectively stops the sale of insurance plans that also cover abortion on the new exchange. Even though the exchange will start small, the goal is for it to expand over time and be used by many mid-sized employers. Thanks to [...]

HR 3962′s Massive Expansion Of Coverage Would Result In Very Small Increase In Health Care Spending

By: Monday November 16, 2009 7:00 am

I don’t know why anyone is surprised by the CMS’s conclusion that HR 3962 would result in a very minor increase in overall national health care spending. The estimated effects of H.R. 3962 on overall national health expenditures (NHE) are shown in table 5. In aggregate, we estimate that for calendar years 2010 through 2019 [...]

CMS: Negotiated Rates Public Option Would Still Be Better Than Private Insurance

By: Sunday November 15, 2009 8:20 am

The Department of Health and Human Services’ CMS concludes that the public option would provide better quality health insurance at a better value as the Secretary of HHS would be able to negotiate slightly better deals from providers and have lower administrative costs. However a stronger risk adjustment mechanism is needed as part of the public option to fully realize savings.

A Historic Bittersweet Victory

By: Sunday November 8, 2009 10:46 am

Last night health care reform, HR 3962, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 220 to 215. It was a truly historic moment and the bill will help millions of Americans. Yet as a progressive the passage of the bill is at best bittersweet. The bill is not single payer. It does not [...]

HR 3962: Stupak Says Deal on Abortion Just Fell Apart

By: Friday November 6, 2009 9:29 pm

Just after midnight, Bart Stupak (D-MI) testified on behalf of his amendment which would effectively make it illegal for private health insurance in the individual market to cover abortion. He was there in support of his amendment, because he claims negotiations to find a compromise just fell apart. He claims as recently as earlier this [...]