Healthcare Reform
Legislative Update - 1/18/2016
Legislative Update - 1/18/2016
Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD summarizes recent healthcare-related legislative activity on Capitol Hill. Other than the much-heralded but toothless repeal of the ACA, Congress hasn’t focused on health legislation. Since new laws generally add more regulations and rules, this is likely a good thing. Giving Seniors Choice for Their Medical Care This is a good first step to getting the government out of medical care. On November 19, 2015, H.R. 4090, the Health Care Choices for Seniors Act was introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and referred to the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees. The Congressional findings... read more
Republicans Assure Veto of Partial ObamaCare Repeal
Republicans Assure Veto of Partial ObamaCare Repeal
This week's health policy news roundup curated by Jane Orient, M.D. As expected, Obama swiftly vetoed the ballyhooed Republican partial repeal of his destructive legacy, the “Affordable” Care Act. The Republicans can say it isn’t their fault—they tried, writes Twila Brase, but in reality the bill was a stunt to appeal to voters. The Republicans knew they had one powerful tool, and they threw it away in the Consolidated Appropriations Act. They gave the liberals a two-year delay on implementation of the 40% “Cadillac tax” on generous health plans. “As Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber explained, the purpose of the tax... read more
AAPS Asks Supreme Court to Review Challenge to Employer Mandate
AAPS Asks Supreme Court to Review Challenge to Employer Mandate
In an amicus brief filed today, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) asks the U.S Supreme Court to grant a writ of certiorari in the case of Stephen F. Hotze, M.D., and Braidwood Management v. Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Jacob J. Lew. This case challenges the employer insurance mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which, it argues, is unconstitutional because its enactment violated the Origination Clause of the U.S. Constitution. This Clause requires that all revenue-raising bills originate in the House of Representatives. “ACA is basically the Harry Reid bill,” notes AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient,... read more
Senate Passes ACA Repeal Bill
Senate Passes ACA Repeal Bill
This week's Health Policy Roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. The Democrats’ worst nightmare is happening, writes Michael Cannon. The Senate passed a bill that would repeal most, but not all, of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “The individual mandate, employer mandate, Medicaid expansion, Exchange subsidies, much of the corporate welfare, and some of the worst taxes, would fall. The Original Sin of Obamacare—its community-rating price controls—and other health-insurance regulations would remain.” Also, the bill would not repeal the Medicaid expansion and Exchange subsidies for two years, but it is still superior to the House partial repeal bill. Obama... read more
Legislative Update - 12/1/2015
Legislative Update - 12/1/2015
Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD summarizes recent healthcare-related legislative activity on Capitol Hill. Reconciliation Placed on the Senate’s Calendar H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015, authored by Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-GA) would (1) repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate to purchase health insurance; (2) repeal the employer mandate to provide health insurance; (3) repeal the medical device excise tax; (4) repeal the “Cadillac” tax on premium health care plans; (5) prohibit Medicaid reimbursements for Planned Parenthood services for one year; (6) increase the Community Health Center Fund by $235 million/year for two years. The... read more
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