Should States Allow Insurers to Offer Bare-Bones Health Plans With Fewer Mandated Benefits?

With Commentary By Doug Badger
The Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2018

The Affordable Care Act’s regime of regulations, penalties, mandates and subsidies has accomplished a remarkable feat: It has produced unaffordable insurance coverage that often doesn’t finance care for those who need it most. The federal government should therefore give states flexibility to permit the sale of alternative policies. […]

Dr. Ed Feulner Discusses Obamacare Replacement with Stuart Varney

Dr. Ed Feulner joins Stuart Varney
Fox Business, June 21, 2018

Dr. Ed Feulner joined Stuart Varney on Fox, where he was able to talk about the Heritage Foundation’s partnering with other conservative groups to create a replacement plan for Obamacare. “What you’ve got to do sometimes is lay the groundwork, come up with a good foundation so you can build a better structure,” said Feulner. “We know that the good foundation was not Obamacare.” […]

Conservative Groups Outline New Obamacare Repeal Plan

by Peter Sullivan
The Hill, June 19, 2018

A coalition of conservative groups on Tuesday released the outlines of a new plan for repealing and replacing ObamaCare, indicating that at least some corners of the Republican Party are still pushing for repeal. The plan was drafted by groups led by the Heritage Foundation, the Galen Institute and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who have been leading meetings for months. […]

Once More Into The Breach: Conservative Think Tankers Publish A New Obamacare Replacement

by Avik Roy
Forbes, June 20, 2018

The critical flaw in last year’s Graham-Cassidy replacement plan is that it bore the potential to make health insurance markets worse, not better, because due to design flaws in the bill, most states would have been strongly incentivized to eliminate their private individual insurance markets and replace them with an enlarged expansion of Medicaid. The Consensus Group proposal improves upon Graham-Cassidy by requiring that “at least 50% of the block grant goes toward supporting people’s purchase of private health coverage” […]

Obamacare Is A Political Nightmare That’s Not Going Anywhere. Here’s A Solution

by Doug Badger
The Federalist, June 22, 2018

Congressional Republicans, who ran against Obamacare through four election cycles, have spent most of the past year running away from it. But they are finding the law hard to escape. Voters may nevertheless hold them accountable for not cleaning up that mess, despite years of campaign promises. Congress should keep those promises, according to a group of conservative policy analysts, state-based think tanks, grassroots organizations, and GOP governors and legislators. […]

Health Care Choices Proposal: A New Generation of Health Reform

by Grace-Marie Turner
Forbes, June 22, 2018

Health Reform lives. A group of policy wonks has been working since last fall to develop the next generation of patient-centered health policy recommendations that they unveiled at a rollout event at the Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. The plan takes a federalist approach in moving power and control of the health sector away from Washington, through the states, and ultimately to consumers. […]

Answering Criticisms of the Conservative Health Care Consensus Plan

by Doug Badger
The Daily Signal, June 21, 2018

The Center for American Progress recently released a study criticizing the Health Policy Consensus Group’s proposal to reduce premiums and increase choices for the millions of Americans who are forced to choose between remaining uninsured or buying expensive Obamacare policies. CAP’s critique misrepresents both the content and the effect of the proposal. […]

Conservatives Make New Push to Repeal Affordable Care Act

by Stephanie Armour
The Wall Street Journal, June 19, 2018

The Affordable Care Act should be repealed in August and replaced with a new system. Under a plan proposed by a conservative group, states would receive ACA money in the form of block grants to help low-income consumers buy coverage. […]

Inside This Summer’s Obamacare Repeal Push

by Robert King
The Washington Examiner, June 19, 2018

A group crafting a new blueprint to overhaul Obamacare aims to release a recommendation in June. The recommendation would convert the law’s Medicaid expansion and insurance subsidies into block grants provided to states. These changes would not apply to traditional Medicaid. […]

3 Problems with the Left’s New Favorite Study on Obamacare Rates

by Doug Badger
The Daily Signal, June 12, 2018

A recent study by the Center for American Progress predicts average annual Obamacare premiums will rise by more than $1,013 next year as a result of recent actions by Congress and the Trump administration. But the study rests on shaky assumptions. Here’s where CAP went wrong. […]