Real Solutions, Not Empty Promises

By Grace-Marie Turner

Forbes, September 12, 2018

Yes, people with pre-existing conditions should be protected. But, like so many other things with Obamacare, the health overhaul law offers a promise but produces collateral damage in trying to deliver. States have much more experience in overseeing insurance markets, and the Health Policy Consensus Group has developed the Health Care Choices Proposal to provide states with greater flexibility and additional resources to help their citizens, including those with pre-existing additions. The plan would provide dedicated funding so they can help those with pre-existing conditions as well as families who are being hammered by high health costs so both groups can get and keep coverage.

The Facts About the Individual Mandate Repeal and the Increase in Premiums

By Doug Badger
The Daily Signal, July 28, 2018

It turns out sabotage might be overrated. A new study by the Center for American Progress argues Congress’s repeal of the individual mandate and a proposed Trump administration rule that would expand the sale and renewal of short-term policies will have a devastating effect on 2019 premiums. But a closer look at the data shows that’s not the full picture. […]

Trump Aims to Increase Value and Decrease Costs of Health Care, HHS Secretary Says

By Rachel del Guidice
The Daily Signal, July 26, 2018

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday that the Trump administration is working to deregulate health care with the goals of reforming the individual insurance market, lowering prescription drug prices, and creating a “value-based” health care system. “Today, fixing American health care requires disrupting government-dictated systems, building new ones that encourage choice and competition” Azar said in a speech at The Heritage Foundation’s headquarters on Capitol Hill. […]

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. […]