Monday, November 28, 2016

Obamacare Repeal, Transition, and Replace: The Republicans Have a Tiger By the Tail

I wouldn't be surprised to see Obamacare more fixed than replaced before this is over. I'm not sure Republicans have really come to grips with the daunting task they face for both replacing Obamacare and managing through what will certainly be a problematic transition.

See my post at Forbes


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Will It Take a Crisis to Replace Obamacare?

My interview this morning with Steve Inskeep on NPR's Morning Edition

We discussed repeal and replace, Republican proposals for replacement, the fundamental differences between Democrats and Republicans on health insurance reform, and the outlook for what is likely to happen.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

It Isn't News That Trump Wants to Keep the Pre-Existing Condition Reforms----He Said So in February

Far from a news scoop, Donald Trump first said that he would preserve consumer protections against health insurance pre-existing conditions last February.

See my post at Forbes

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

"Now What Do We Do?" Trumpcare?

Of course, "Now what do we do," is the famous line from Robert Redford's character in The Candidate, stunned by his victory and confused about what to do next.

But it doesn't really apply here.

A few thoughts as all of this sinks in:

Obamacare: Dead Law Walking!

There is no doubt that Obamacare is dead.

The only question is just exactly how Republicans will get rid of it.

While Republicans have the votes they will need in the House, Republicans will not have the 60-vote Senate supermajority necessary to get rid of all of it. Therefore, they will use their slim Senate majority and Senate budget reconciliation rules. It takes just 51 Senators to make spending decisions.

There are two routes they will consider:
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