Tag Archives: Congress

What Now?: A Four Step Plan For Bipartisan Health Reform

In four broad steps, we have an opportunity to move past partisan bickering and put our health care system on stronger footing.

April 4, 2017

The Urban Institute Model Of Financing Long-Term Services And Supports: A Critical Review

In this post, I make the case that there are serious flaws in a recent Urban Institute attempt at modeling, employed in Health Affairs, for new public insurance programs for financing LTSS.

February 15, 2017

Can Community Health Centers Fill The Health Care Void Left By Defunding Planned Parenthood?

Despite the health benefits and cost savings that flow from family planning, there can be little doubt that withdrawal of federal funding from excluded providers will adversely affect access to care.

January 27, 2017

Trump’s Obamacare Executive Order: Much Ado About Very Little

Despite the Administration’s hype and the headline hullabaloo about the executive order, that order constitutes much ado about very little. Indeed, the executive order is vacuous.

January 26, 2017

How We Can Repeal The ACA And Still Insure The Uninsured

Even if the ACA stays in place, there will still be almost 30 million people without health insurance. The initial goal of reform should be: making sure everyone has access to health insurance that is affordable and that gives them dependable access to medical care.

January 18, 2017

ACA ‘Repeal And Delay’ Would Leave A Narrow Window To Stabilize Exchanges

This post describes the deadlines facing health plans as they make decisions about whether to continue participating in the Exchanges in 2018. We then offer options that Congress and the executive branch could use to stabilize the Exchanges and encourage continued health plan participation.

January 11, 2017

The Problems With ‘Repeal And Delay’

The most likely end result of “repeal and delay” would be less secure insurance for many Americans, procrastination by political leaders, and ultimately no discernible movement toward a real marketplace for either insurance or medical services.

January 3, 2017

Taking Stock Of Health Reform: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going

What are the ACA’s successes and failures? How might the new administration and Congress proceed with repealing and replacing it? What provisions might be adopted to replace the ACA and how might these provisions improve on, or undermine, the law's accomplishments?

December 6, 2016

The Current 21st Century Cures Legislation Is Still A Bad Deal For Patients

We believe the bill’s potential benefits and modestly enhanced funding for scientific advancement are far outweighed by the increased risk of patient harm, and added pressure on the FDA to rush new products to market without adequate evidence.

November 30, 2016

No Matter What, Congress Will Act On Health Care Next Year

While the presidential candidates and others consider broad-based health care policies, the passage of which in the near term is dubious, there is a wide array of issues we can bank on Congress taking up, likely in one, consolidated legislative package.

November 7, 2016