Backgrounder posted November 12, 2013
Health Insurers’ Decisions on Exchange Participation: Obamacare’s Leading Indicators
In the run-up to the launch of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges, attention increasingly focused on the premiums for the new coverage—specifically the degree to which they might be higher or lower than current premiums.
Yet, changes in premiums tell only part of the story. Additional insights into how Obamacare is likely to alter the health care system can…
Backgrounder posted September 26, 2013
Obamacare’s Insurance Exchanges: “Private Coverage” in Name Only
Let’s be clear about the fact that nobody has proposed anything close to a government takeover of health care.
—President Barack Obama, August 20, 2009
Millions of Americans are expected to enroll in Obamacare’s national system of health insurance exchanges. And, for those seeking—or forced—to buy health insurance through these exchanges, the coverage will be…
Backgrounder posted August 2, 2013
Congress in the Obamacare Trap: No Easy Escape
High anxiety is gripping Capitol Hill. The reason: On January 1, 2014, Members of Congress and their staff will lose their current employment-based health insurance and will instead be offered coverage in the health insurance exchanges established under the new health care law.
In April, Politico reported that “Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in…
Testimony posted June 11, 2013
Health Care Consolidation and Competition After PPACA
Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property
United States House of Representatives
Edmund F. Haislmaier
Senior Research Fellow
The Heritage Foundation
May 18, 2012
Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to testify on the subject of "Health Care Consolidation and Competition after PPACA."
Issue Brief posted April 10, 2013
Obamacare’s Essential Benefits Regulation Creates Disparities Among States
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued final rules for Obamacare’s essential health benefits (EHB) package, setting up yet another new source of conflict over Obamacare, this time among the states.
HHS has adopted a “state benchmark plan” approach for setting the EHB package. The result of this decision is that the EHB package will now vary from…