Paper Sheds New Light on Affordable (Unless You Are Actually Sick and Need) Care Act

By: Friday May 6, 2011 5:30 am

Jonathan Gruber, the economist paid by the White House to consult on the health care reform law, has put out a paper for the Commonwealth Fund that reaches the conclusion that the law is pretty good. What is interesting is that even this supporter and part architect of the law is forced to admit that [...]

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 [...]

Health Care Reform: Individual Mandate Will Have Little Effect on What People Pay on the Exchange

By: Saturday December 18, 2010 6:15 am

If you are an individual without employer-provided health insurance that plans to get insurance on the exchange, the existence of the individual mandate (or lack there of) will likely have little or no impact on what you will pay in premiums. The way the new exchange is designed is as follows: If you are an [...]

Former Obama Aide David Cutler Ignores Proven Cost Control Ideas to Inflate Grade on President’s Health Care Plan

By: Wednesday March 10, 2010 5:20 am

It seems that President Obama’s former senior health-care adviser, David Cutler, is following in the proud tradition of Jonathan Gruber by conveniently ignoring potentially huge cost-saving ideas to make Obama’s health care proposal sound better than it really is. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, David Cutler claims there have been 10 broad ideas offered [...]

Fear The Part-State/Part-Federal Exchange Frankenstein Monster

By: Friday January 15, 2010 5:45 pm

The House health care bill’s single national exchange with federal regulatory enforcement mechanisms is clearly superior to the Senate’s idea of small, state-based exchanges with enforcement by state insurance commissioners. Under the House bill, if states think that they can do a better job than the national exchange, they have the right to opt out [...]

Looking At The Labor Deal: Why Would Anyone Want To Move To The Exchange?

By: Friday January 15, 2010 7:58 am

Late yesterday the labor unions struck a deal with the White House about the excise tax. The key points seem to be: raising the threshold, exempting dental and vision benefits from the excise tax, adjusting for age and health status, adding a carve-out for collectively bargained plans until 2018, and starting in 2017, plans created [...]

What The Senate Bill Does Better, Part 3: Starts With Greater Access To The Exchange

By: Monday November 30, 2009 9:16 am

The Senate bill would give more small businesses access to the new exchanges quicker than the House bill. In the Senate bill, any business with 100 or fewer employees could use the new exchange. Starting in year four (2017), individual states could choose to allow larger businesses to also use the exchange. Conversely, the House [...]