Healthcare Reform
Will Republicans Keep the Court from Blowing Obama’s Cover?
Will Republicans Keep the Court from Blowing Obama’s Cover?
by Jane M. Orient, M.D. The Big Lie of ObamaCare is in the title: the Affordable Care Act. Administration officials invoke “affordable” over and over again. The U.S. Supreme Court could well blow the Democrats’ cover in King v. Burwell if it rules that people in the 37 states that did not establish an Exchange cannot legally get taxpayer subsidies for health insurance. The subsidies hide the reality. People generally look only at what they themselves have to pay. They do not care what faceless taxpayers are paying to insurance companies for their policies. Of the 11.7 million Americans who... read more
ObamaCare Disaster Lurches On
This week's health policy news roundup curated by Jane Orient, M.D. It was already apparent in 2014 that the Affordable Care Act forces people to buy catastrophic policies at first-dollar coverage prices. Less well known is that although the ACA requires health plans to spend 80% - 85% of premiums on medical care, corporate data systems and intrusive analysis that are used to limit care have been defined as “medical care,” decreasing the amount of money health plans must spend on actual medical care provided to patients and allowing them to use premium dollars to control doctors. Also, a federal... read more
Don’t Prop Up ObamaCare, AAPS Urges Republican Leaders
Don’t Prop Up ObamaCare, AAPS Urges Republican Leaders
As the U.S. Supreme Court is about to hand down a decision that might rule Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”) subsidies illegal in 37 states, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) urges Congress to let them expire. “Congressional Republicans are looking for a ‘bridge,’ a temporary extension as a ‘safety net’ for about 6.5 million people whose subsidies may be found illegal,” explained AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D. “They hope that might get the President to sign a bill that also does some good things like repealing the federal mandates.” The end to subsidies would... read more
Health Policy Legislative Update - 6/14/2015
Health Policy Legislative Update - 6/14/2015
Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD summarizes recent healthcare-related legislative activity on Capitol Hill Senate Finance Committee Determines the Affordable Care Act is Increasingly Unaffordable “According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services most recent rate review, 676 individual and small group plans have requested premium spikes in the double-digits. And, that’s on top of the individual market premium increases averaging 49 percent between 2013 and 2014.” The report goes on to note that the federal government’s own actuaries at Office of the Chief Actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have found that the recent,”…four-year historically low... read more
Health Policy Legislative Update - 5/31/2015
Health Policy Legislative Update - 5/31/2015
Marilyn Singleton, M.D., J.D. summarizes health policy related bills under consideration in Congress. Call for an Inspector General to Monitor the ACA This bill is worth reading for the 70 reasons listed in the preamble as to why an inspector general is necessary to monitor the ACA. The list includes Obama’s broken promises, Jonathan Gruber’s admissions about the ACA, and Obama’s unilateral changes to the ACA, among other things. On May 18, 2015, H.R. 2400, the Special Inspector General for Monitoring the ACA Act of 2014 (SIGMA Act) was introduced by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and referred to the House... read more
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