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President Trump has an opportunity to retool his image and focus in preparation for 2020. Even though I support immigration reform and the building of a wall (wish we didn’t have to do that if only to preserve the beauty of the landscape and spirit of a welcoming country), I think the immigration focus was […]

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In the latest Urbane Cowboys podcast, we talk with Avik Roy of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity about healthcare policy, equal opportunity, and social capital. https://soundcloud.com/…/ep-9-a-spoon-full-of-sugar-with-av… Preview Open

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Richard Epstein explains the contents of President Trump’s new executive order on healthcare, explores the controversy around a White House proposal to cut subsidies to insurers, and explains why conservatives who fretted about President Obama’s use of executive orders shouldn’t be bothered by this exercise of executive power.

Richard Epstein examines the Lefts’ push for single-payer health care and explains why such systems are destined for failure.

Richard Epstein looks at the virtues and vices of the failed congressional plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, explains what comes next, and lays out what meaningful free market reform would look like.

Richard Epstein looks at the policy changes that would most effectively cure what ails American health care — and responds to progressives calling for the adoption of a single-payer system.

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With President Trump and Congress gearing up to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a more market-driven alternative, we thought it’d be useful to revisit all the reasons why the law has failed — and how these problems can fixed with better, conservative and market friendly and consumer driven options. 1. It […]

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Richard Epstein looks at recent setbacks to Obamacare — including the implosion of state exchanges — and describes what Congressional Republicans can do to reform the system without compounding uncertainty.

Richard Epstein analyzes the major initiatives on health care, trade, immigration, regulation, and crime coming out of the first week of the Trump Administration.

Richard Epstein breaks down the complicated path to replacing Obamacare without destabilizing America’s healthcare system.

City Journal associate editor Matthew Hennessey and Manhattan Institute senior fellow and health policy director Paul Howard discuss the current state of Obamacare, Republican options for reforming the health care system, and legislation in Congress designed to overhaul the FDA and improve drug development.

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Richard Epstein shares his reaction on learning that Donald Trump will be the 45th president and provides recommendations for the new administration’s policy agenda.

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Why Isn’t Obamacare Working? An examination of the recent Health & Human Services brief reveals soaring costs, fewer choices for consumers, and no solution in sight. Health Insurance Premiums Rise, Insurers Quit The White House released a brief stating that health insurance premiums for states using the federal HealthCare.gov exchange for “Obamacare” plans will increase […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Unaffordable Care Act

 

Barack ObamaThe defenders of the Affordable Care Act are running out of excuses for the dismal performance of its health care exchanges. It is now old news that many uninsured individuals are unable, even with sizeable subsidies, to purchase health care coverage from private health care providers. As Yale Professor Jacob Hacker notes in his recent op-ed for the New York Times, the ACA has indeed faced “a rocky six months.” Average anticipated premium increases are running at 25 percent; major insurers like Aetna, UnitedHealth, and Humana have either pulled out of the program entirely or cut back their operations; and one recent tally reports that 16 of the 23 health care co-ops, with over 800,000 enrollees, have shut down, with at least six others on economic life support.

What should be done to respond to this unfortunate situation? The defenders of the ACA want to double-down on the current system by introducing a “public option” that was excluded from the original legislation. President Obama endorsed that position in a communication published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association. After ignoring the problems with the individual health care exchanges, he suggests “Congress should revisit a public plan to compete alongside private insurers in areas of the country where competition is limited. Adding a public plan in such areas would strengthen the Marketplace approach, giving consumers more affordable options while also creating savings for the federal government.” That same line is echoed by Hacker who dismisses any notion that the public option will lead to a single-payer system, by making the tart observation that the wholesale withdrawal of private insurers from the marketplace has already resulted in a single-payer system in the five states whose exchanges will be serviced by only a single ACA provider next year, with the prospect of still more to come.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Thanks, Obama: Health Care Premiums Up in 45 States

 

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The Affordable Care Act is proving to be less affordable than ever. A recent study by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and Urban Institute showed that only five states showed a decrease in the price of an average health-insurance plan in the past year, as did the District of Columbia. The rest of the country saw their premium costs rise.

The worst increase was in Oklahoma, where plans jumped by nearly 42 percent, with 12 states’ costs rising by more than 20 percent. Alaska’s rose 40.2 percent, Tennessee’s rose 38.6 percent, and Montana’s rose 35.2 percent. The only states with a greater than 5 percent decrease were Indiana and Mississippi.

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I read an article and watched a video from CNBC on possible price hikes from insurers for Obamacare. It seems to me that money has been and will continue to be an issue for this federal law. Preview Open

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Mona Charen noticed. So did Mollie Z. Hemingway. They are close readers of our mass media journalism. They called them out this week for bias.  The Leftist mass media reported on an important and long-awaited Supreme Court ruling. They were clearly disappointed in the ruling, but they gave the facts. What Mona and Mollie noticed […]

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I’m accustomed to being isolated politically. When I lived in San Francisco, for example, I was not only president of the Bay Area Republicans Club but I was also the member. Other places I’ve lived – Wheaton, Illinois, Boulder and Denver, Colorado, Herne, Germany and Long Beach, California have only reinforced to me the truth […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Bracing for King v. Burwell

 

Obama_signs_health_care-20100323By the end of this week, we’ll have a Supreme Court decision on King v. Burwell, the latest “challenge to Obamacare,” as the headlines put it. The first thing you need to know is that the headlines are all wrong: King v. Burwell is not a “challenge” to Obamacare, and the plaintiffs do not seek to overturn a single sentence of the Affordable Care Act. Rather, they are challenging an IRS rule that is blatantly unfaithful to the ACA (but happens to be politically expedient for the administration).

Quick background: one section of the ACA says that “States” shall establish “Exchanges” to regulate the health insurance market within their borders (§1311). Another section says — for states that “fail” to establish Exchanges — the Secretary of HHS can establish a federal Exchange (§1321). And then, in another section, the ACA says that low-income citizens can be eligible for tax credits if they purchase health insurance “through an Exchange established by the State” (§36B).

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We received our notice today of our 2015 health insurance rates. As per predictions, our costs are going up dramatically. For our Bronze HSA plan, our rates for 2015 are going up by 25.55%. You read that right – our insurance costs are going up by over 25% this year, on the cheapest, most bare-bones […]

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