Backgrounder posted October 30, 2014
A Fresh Start for Health Care Reform
Despite President Barack Obama’s insistence that the national health care debate is over, and that he will not “re-litigate” the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the practical concerns, aggravated by implementation glitches and policy failures, guarantee that the debate over the PPACA is far from over.
In the next phase of the health care…
Backgrounder posted October 22, 2014
Obamacare’s Enrollment Increase: Mainly Due to Medicaid Expansion
With enrollment data now available for the second quarter of 2014, it is possible to construct a complete picture of the changes in health insurance coverage that occurred during the initial implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly known as Obamacare. The data show that in the first half of 2014, private health insurance…
Backgrounder posted September 4, 2014
Progress in Medicare Advantage: Key Lessons for Medicare Reform
Medicare Advantage (MA) is a program of competing private health plans. For the vast majority of senior citizens, it is the only viable alternative to enrollment in traditional Medicare. For Members of Congress, its record also provides valuable lessons for comprehensive Medicare reform.
MA is an increasingly attractive option for millions of senior and disabled…
Testimony posted August 7, 2014
Risk Corridors in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Testimony before the Committee on Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Health
United States House of Representatives
July 28, 2014
Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Pallone, thank you for inviting me to testify today. My name is Edmund F. Haislmaier and I am a Senior Research Fellow in Heath Policy at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my…
Backgrounder posted August 1, 2014
How the Affordable Care Act Fuels Health Care Market Consolidation
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), often called Obamacare, accelerates the pernicious growth of market consolidation in American health care.
The national health care law reinforces the trend of providers, including doctors and hospitals, to merge into large regional health systems that dominate local markets. The law also introduces new rules and restrictions that will…
Issue Brief posted August 1, 2014
The 2014 Medicare Trustees Report: A Dire Future for Seniors and Taxpayers Without Reform
The recently released annual Medicare trustees report reiterates a decades-old message: The Medicare program faces an unsustainable financial future. Unless the program is reformed, it will impose a huge financial burden on American taxpayers and jeopardize access to care for seniors.
While these facts are incontrovertible, the Obama Administration’s allies and some in…
Backgrounder posted July 28, 2014
New Obamacare Enrollment Data: Employer-Based Coverage Declines
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a series of monthly reports on exchange performance during the initial open enrollment period (October 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014) for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly known as Obamacare. However, the data HHS provided are insufficient for determining either the number of…
Testimony posted July 2, 2014
Reinsurance, Risk Adjustment, and Risk Corridors in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Testimony before Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs United States House of Representatives
Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Cartwright: Thank you for inviting me to testify today. My name is Edmund F. Haislmaier, and I am a Senior Research Fellow in Health Policy at The Heritage Foundation. The…
Backgrounder posted April 28, 2014
Four Years of Obamacare: Early Warnings Come True
But we have to pass the bill, so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy.
—Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, March 9, 2010
It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.
—Chief Justice John Roberts, National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, June 28,…