Healthcare Reform
Statement On Court’s Blow To Obamacare
Statement On Court’s Blow To Obamacare
AAPS Executive Director Jane M. Orient, M.D. released the following statement following today's U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruling: King John, before he was forced to sign the Magna Carta, said "the law is in my mouth." The IRS said essentially the same thing when ruling that people could get ObamaCare subsidies through federally run Exchanges even though the Affordable Care Act clearly said it had to be through State Exchanges. The D.C. Circuit Court disagreed in the Halbig case: the law is in the written language of the law, not in what an agency thinks it... read more
Emotionitis: a Political Malady
Emotionitis: a Political Malady
By Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD Today’s political debates are extremely polarized and emotional. One person’s charming, clever, and assertive is another’s manipulative, cunning, and ruthless. Consider the opposing perspectives on some of the most important issues:Did the politician lie or merely misspeak?Is the NSA perpetrating an obscene invasion of privacy or deploying a crucial tool against terrorism?Is supporting voter identification laws resurrecting Jim Crow or ensuring legitimate votes are not diluted by fraudulent votes?Do federal regulations stifle business and entrepreneurship or do they ensure Americans’ safety?Why is it racist to disagree with the policies of President Obama or Attorney General... read more
AAPS News June 2014 - Death Spiral
Volume 70, no. 6 June 2014 The “adverse selection death spiral” in insurance occurs when costs increase rapidly because lower-risk policy holders choose to change policies or be uninsured. While some critics predicted an ObamaCare implosion during the disastrous roll-out, Ezra Klein triumphantly pronounced the “death of Obamacare’s death spiral” (Wash Post 1/14/14). Even though enrollment of persons aged 18–34 was only 24% rather than the needed 38%, Klein predicted that more would sign up just before penalties hit. Even if they didn’t, individual premiums would rise at most a few percent in 2015. Obama would roll out a sophisticated... read more
“Accountable Care, Patient Protection” Act Harms Young Millennials
“Accountable Care, Patient Protection” Act Harms Young Millennials
By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. http://HerPlace.com "Millennials," the group of young people born after 1980, overwhelmingly voted in 2008 for politicians who promised "healthcare for all" and sponsored the "Affordable Care Act" (aka Obamacare). Sadly, young people took on faith the promises of an orator and did not read the text of the law before it was passed on a 100% Democrat partisan vote by politicians who didn't read it either. These Millennials are finding out they've been "had" in promises not kept. Their health insurance premiums are skyrocketing. Their mandated coverage is far broader (ergo, more expensive) than many... read more
Repeal (What?) and Replace (with What?)
Repeal (What?) and Replace (with What?)
By Jane M. Orient, M.D. The Republican “repeal and replace” slogan sounds simple and appealing, but gets very complicated when you get to the next step. “Repeal” generally means “repeal ObamaCare,” which is often immediately qualified: “except for the parts we like.” The problem is that the parts you like depend on the parts you, or your fellow Americans, don’t like. For example, you may like not being denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. But you may not like having to pay more to cover other people’s pre-existings. You might like the “free” contraceptives, but not like the mandates that... read more
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