The Costs of Government’s Benevolent Coercion

By Doug Badger
February 25, 2019
Critics cried sabotage when political leaders took action to repair some of the damage done by the Affordable Care Act. They saw sinister motives behind the decision by the last Congress to repeal the individual mandate and in Trump administration regulations that made more affordable health insurance options available to individuals and small groups.
But a new study by the president’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) finds that eliminating federal tax penalties on the uninsured and giving consumers more coverage options will provide economic benefits totaling $450 billion over the next decade. […]

Utah Senate OKs Replacement for Medicaid Expansion

By Lisa Riley Roche
Deseret News, Feb. 4, 2019
The Utah Senate gave final approval Monday to a replacement plan for a voter-initiative passed in November calling for full Medicaid expansion.   A fiscal note in the bill spells out the cost to taxpayers. The legislature is concerned about […]

Deregulating Health Insurance Markets: Value to Market Participants

Council of Economic Advisers
February 2019
The White House this morning released a report showing that the economic benefits of recent administration and congressional actions on health coverage will total $450 billion over ten years.  The report analyzes the economic effects of the administration’s rules […]

Trump Places Health Care at Center Stage in State of Union Address

By Paige Winfield Cunningham
The Washington Post, Feb. 6, 2019
President Trump sought to place the health care of Americans on center stage during his State of the Union address this week. The president applauded the rollback of a key portion of the ACA, which he has called a disaster. He also called for […]

Preview of the Coming Medicare for All Debate

By Grace-Marie Turner
Forbes, Feb. 7, 2019
The pre-existing condition scare tactics continue. Grace-Marie testified Wednesday before a House Education and Labor Committee hearing on “Examining Threats to Workers with Preexisting Conditions.” She continually stressed […]

Why “Medicare for All” Isn’t Really Medicare at All

By James Pethokoukis
American Enterprise Institute, Jan. 29, 2019
Consider what the average American thinks when they hear “Medicare for All.” They probably think everyone would get the same coverage currently going to their parents and grandparents. Not so. The Medicare for All plan that Sen. Harris supports is actually […]

First Phase of New Association Health Plans Reveals Promising Trends, Jan. 30, 2019
The Department of Labor finalized a new regulation for Association Health Plans (AHPs) in mid-2018 that made it easier for small employers to band together to offer lower-cost “large company” health insurance. This new report finds that benefits trend toward […]

Medicaid and Work: Crisis in Arkansas?

By Doug Badger & Gracie-Marie Turner
RealClear Health, Jan. 29, 2019
The shrill criticism of Arkansas’s Medicaid work requirements is not supported by facts. Eligible recipients must report at least 80 hours a month of work, training, etc., or they’ll be dropped from the program until the end of the year. Just under just under 17,000 people […]