01.26.10

Republican Reconciliation Strategy “Patently Absurd,” Former Parliamentarian Says

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Around the time that I was posting my interview with former Senate Parliamentarian Robert Dove, Greg Sargent reported that Republican senators were planning to stall any attempt at passing health reform through reconciliation with a “free for all of amendments.” Citing a “senior GOP aide,” Sargent writes: He said the leadership — Senators Mitch McConnell, […]

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01.26.10

Reconciling Reconciliation: An Interview with Robert Dove

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Robert Dove served as Senate parliamentarian until 2001. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with him about the reconciliation process and its implications for health reform. Robert Dove: First of all, reconciliation was never designed for something like health care. It’s the reason that it wasn’t used on the original Clinton health-care bill. It’s designed […]

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01.26.10

How to Finish up Health Care Reform: There is Only One Way

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The way forward for health care reform at this moment seems rather murky, indeed, one might say grim. Both the House and the Senate had adopted reform legislation prior to Christmas and the game plan going into January was to try to work out an informal agreement between House and Senate leadership that could be […]

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01.22.10

Health Reform in Peril

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As a tenured professor, it is easy to take potshots at politicians for their failure to enact health insurance reform legislation. After all, I don’t face angry voters and the need to raise copious amounts of money just to be competitive (the latter made even more treacherous after yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance). […]

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01.21.10

Congressional Power to Regulate Inactivity

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[T]here’s pretty much nothing that Congress can’t do and that’s the end of the enumerated power scheme . . . if the Supreme Court were to uphold the Constitutionality of the individual mandate.  So says Randy Barnett in an interview on NPR’s Morning Edition earlier this week, in which he reprised his Heritage Foundation argument. […]

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01.20.10

Enact the Senate Bill, but Demand National Health Care Reform Implementation

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One of the most important differences between the current House and Senate health reform bills is their approaches to the enforcement of the insurance reform provisions of the bill and to implementation of the health insurance exchanges. Briefly, the House bill would create a new federal agency, the Health Choices Administration, to enforce the insurance […]

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01.13.10

Making the Exchange Work for Employers

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On January 10, I posted a discussion of why the exchanges as created by the House and Senate bills are unlikely to work for employers. These problems could be fixed by: 1) Allowing the exchanges to calculate the employer’s share of the premium for providing the actuarial value level of insurance coverage and percentage of […]

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01.11.10

Talking Equity: An Interview with Brian Smedley

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Brian Smedley is vice president and director of the Health Policy Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with him about health reform and disparities in health-care access. Lester Feder: I wanted to start by asking you what you generally think of the health reform legislation […]

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01.10.10

Why Employers are Unlikely to Use the Exchanges to Purchase Insurance for their Employees

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Under both the House and Senate bills, employers are permitted to purchase health insurance for their employees through the exchange. The exchange has been seen as having real potential for helping small employers. The CBO estimated that 9 million employees of small employers would get coverage through the exchange under the House bill and five […]

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01.04.10

Covering the Chronically Ill: An Interview with John V. Jacobi

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John V. Jacobi is Dorothea Dix Professor of Health Law and Policy at the Seton Hall University School of Law. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with him about health reform and covering those with chronic illness. Lester Feder: Generally speaking, what do you think of what it is looking like we’re going to get […]

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