An analysis describing the developing Republican proposals for ACA/Obamacare replacement were leaked to the media last week. Vox.com’s Sarah Kliff describes the results that these plans would have if enacted.
“The analysis includes graphs on what the Republican plan to overhaul Obamacare’s tax credits, generally making them less generous, would do. They are based on the recent 19-page proposal that Republican leadership released about their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare…In the individual market, enrollment would fall 30 percent… “
Continue reading Health Policy Updates: February 25 2017
Health care journalist Sarah Kliff at Vox.com recently started a brand new (and yet to be named!) podcast. The first episode was out last week, and covers the politics of why the US has much high prescription drug costs than other wealthy countries. I can’t really add anything to her excellent coverage and explanation of the issue, and will just say that I HIGHLY recommend taking a listen. I am eagerly awaiting episode #2!
Continue reading Health Policy Updates: December 3 2016
The beginning of last week saw the second presidential debate, in which health care policy finally got some attention. I will include some discussion of the various points that the candidates raised below.
Kaiser Health News unpacks Donald Trump’s statements about increasing insurance prices under Obamacare:
“There are several reasons for the increases. One is that insurers charged premiums that were simply too low to begin with, and now they are catching up in order not to go broke. Another goes back to the CBO prediction above, about employers sending workers to the individual market to buy their own insurance.”
Sarah Kliff at Vox.com does her best simply to translate what the two candidates were proposing (or were trying to propose):
“…it is possible to decode what actually happened. Clinton defended the Affordable Care Act while offering a blunter critique of the law than the Obama administration typically does — while Trump mostly attacked Obamacare for its costs, while offering an Obamacare repeal proposal that would leave millions uninsured.”
Harold Pollack was not impressed by the ideas that were put forward:
“More than anything, ACA requires pragmatic, bipartisan problem-solving in an era of divided government and unprecedented polarization exemplified by Trump’s nomination itself. Our next president must find a way to work within that environment. I didn’t hear much tonight – or on any night – about how this might be done.”
Continue reading Health Policy Updates: October 16 2016
Bill Clinton caused a still last week for using the word “crazy” to describe Obamacare. This was particularly questionable, argues Avik Roy, given the similarity of Hillary Clinton’s plan to Obama’s during the 2008 election season.
“If Hillary had won in 2008, and it had been her plan instead of Obama’s that became law in 2010, Hillarycare would be imposing exactly the same rate hikes as Obamacare has.”
Sarah Kliff sorted through Clinton’s remarks here.
Continue reading Health Policy Updates: October 8 2016
This chart, published by the Wall Street Journal, gets my vote for the best of the week. Especially in a time of modest wage growth, the rapidly rising burden of health care costs on consumers can make people feel “underwater” – like their standard of living lower than it had been in the past. Even as other goods and services get cheaper, health care costs are greedily taking up more of families’ monthly budgets.
“The Kaiser Family Foundation, a health-care research nonprofit, found deductibles for individual workers have soared in the past five years, rising 67% since 2010 without adjusting for inflation, roughly seven times earnings growth over the same period. ” Continue reading Health Policy Updates: September 10 2016