Tag Archives: ACA repeal and replace

Five Lessons From The AHCA’s Demise

Legislative efforts have a lifespan but our health care system does not. So whether we are still rejoicing or recriminating, let’s take a look at some timeless principles we can apply to the ongoing effort to improve health care in the United States.

March 27, 2017

The AHCA Gets It Wrong: Health Care Is Different

In many ways, the AHCA's reliance on consumers to fend for themselves in buying health care services represents a fundamental rejection of the prevailing policy viewpoint: Kenneth Arrow's argument that the economic problems in health care are related to uncertainty in both disease and in treatment.

March 22, 2017

The House Manager’s Medicaid Amendments: The State Block Grant Option

Titled “Flexible Block Grant Option for States,” the amendment adds a coda of sorts to the bill’s new Medicaid per capita cap payment system. It would virtually eliminate any coverage obligations.

March 21, 2017

What’s In The Manager’s Amendment To AHCA?

On March 20, 2017, the Republican House leadership released a manager’s amendment to the American Health Care Act. This amendment is intended to respond to critics of the original AHCA from the right and middle. It is less clear that it responds to concerns raised by the CBO report on AHCA.

March 21, 2017

Conservatives Are Using The American Health Care Act To Restrict Private Insurance From Covering Abortion

While House Republicans find themselves divided on a wide range of important issues in the American Health Care Act , in one area they are united. The new legislation's language barring federal money from being used to support any private insurance plan that covers abortion.

March 21, 2017

In This Next Phase Of Health Reform, We Cannot Overlook Long Term Care

With the focus of Congress once again turning to health reform, we have an opportunity to fix the problems with the ACA, and find solutions to health care challenges that the ACA failed to address. One such challenge is the looming crisis of aging and long-term care.

March 16, 2017

The American Health Care Act And Medicaid: Changing A Half-Century Federal-State Partnership

The AHCA radically restructures Medicaid’s federal financing system. Along with its withdrawal of the ACA’s adult eligibility funding enhancement, the bill would shift an estimated $370 billion in financial risks to the states over the coming decade.

March 10, 2017

Republicans Should Take The Time Necessary To Improve The American Health Care Act

The ACA repeal and replace plan, dubbed the American Health Care Act, has the major components needed for effective health reform. However, the plan falls short on several crucial details, details that can and should be changed before the bill clears Congress and goes to the president to become law.

March 10, 2017

Myths About The Medicaid Expansion And The ‘Able-Bodied’

A conservative critique of the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility is that it may discourage “able-bodied” individuals from working. This false understanding of Medicaid recipients and their health insurance options has already influenced policymaking at the state level.

March 6, 2017

Invisible High-Risk Pools: How Congress Can Lower Premiums And Deal With Pre-Existing Conditions

Maine’s experience in creating an invisible high-risk pool and relaxing its premium rating bands can inform Congress and the Trump administration as they work to repeal and replace the ACA.

March 2, 2017