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Health Policy Updates: December 23 2017

The individual mandate – viewed by many as an essential component of the ACA/Obamacare in order to maintain insurance market stability – was officially repealed this week with the passage of the GOP tax bill. Health Affairs has compiled a list of resources discussing the possible implications of mandate repeal.

According to health policy expert Timothy Jost:

“The CBO, in its most recent analysis of the individual mandate repeal proposal, projected that repeal would result in four million more uninsured by 2019, 13 million more by 2027. Repeal would increase premiums in the individual market by 10 percent or more in most years…But the repeal of the individual mandate penalty will not by any means bring an end to the ACA. The numbers who lose coverage will likely be much smaller than the CBO estimates.”

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Health Policy Updates: April 15 2017

I am giving my highest recommendation to Elizabeth Rosenthal’s new book on health care costs, An American Sickness. It was her reporting at the NYTimes several years ago that first got me interested in understanding (and controlling) the high costs of medical care that we have in this country.

Equally highly recommended is her interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air.

“What you see often now is when generic drugs come out … the price doesn’t go down to 20 percent of the branded price, it maybe goes down to 90 percent of the branded price. So we’re not getting what we should get from a really competitive market where we, the consumers, are making those choices.”
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