03.16.10

Abortion in the Senate Bill

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In a document titled What’s Wrong with the Senate Health Care Bill on Abortion: A Response to Professor Jost, dated March 12, 2010, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops respond to an earlier memorandum that I circulated demonstrating that the House and Senate bill are essentially equivalent on pro-life issues. On January 20, 2010, […]

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03.15.10

Negotiating Prices in Part D

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Post by Kevin Outterson Associate Professor & Co-Director of the Health Law Program BU Law Last week, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced a bill (H.R. 4752) to overturn the 2003 ban on government-led price negotiations for Medicare Part D drug plans.  The bill has 73 co-sponsors so far.  While perhaps well intentioned, this bill will […]

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03.14.10

Martial Law

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There is a great deal of nonsense flying around the internet this weekend about the country being ruled by martial law because the House Rules Committee is considering adopting the Senate bill under a special rule that deems the Senate bill adopted rather than adopting it as such. The claim is that this would violate […]

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03.12.10

The Need for Health Care Regulatory Reform

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The current health care regulatory system is a mess. Whatever its stated objectives, there is little evidence that it improves quality of care, provides cost-effective benefits to the public, or is a rational way of monitoring health care delivery. With the prospect of enacting significant reforms of the health insurance system and providing access for […]

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03.04.10

The House and Senate Bills on Abortion

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There are significant differences between the House and Senate bill, but the provisions governing abortion (Sec. 1303 of the Senate bill, pp. 2069-2078) are not among them. Both bills prohibit federal funding of abortions. The Senate bill, like the House bill, prohibits the use of premium affordability tax credits or cost-sharing reduction payments to pay […]

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03.04.10

Obama’s Concessions

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In previous posts, I have directed most of my ire about the failure to enact health insurance reform legislation at the democrats. After all, they have a commanding majority and should be held accountable for the failure to enact their legislative agenda. But it’s time to redress the imbalance and at least note that the […]

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02.24.10

Nullification, Round Three

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The Tennessee Senate passed on February 17 its version of a nullification bill. The “Tennessee Health Freedom Act” (Senate Bill 3498) declares: (c)(1) The power to require or regulate a person’s choice in the mode of securing health care services, or to impose a penalty related thereto, is not found in the Constitution of the […]

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02.23.10

The President’s Proposal

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On Monday, February 22, President Obama put forward a series of health reform proposals leading up to the February 25 bipartisan health care summit. These proposals can be found here. I describe the proposals at length at the Health Affairs blog. Of particular legal interest are the proposals provisions for health care fraud and abuse […]

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02.13.10

Who Killed Health Care Reform? The 2009-2010 Version

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Several years ago, I wrote a satirical article called “Who Killed Managed Care: A Policy Whodunit.” I identified the usual suspects, insurers, anti-managed care advocates, physicians, attorneys, etc., and concluded that the cause of managed care’s demise was self-immolation. Sadly, since I’m a strong proponent of serious health care reform, it looks increasingly as though […]

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02.12.10

Could Health Reform Create “A Litigation Explosion”?

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Nothing apparently excites the readers of the Wall Street Journal more than a threatened “litigation explosion.” Perhaps this is because so many of their readers are lawyers. It was only a matter of time, therefore, before they published an opinion column ominously titled, “Health-Care Reform Could Create a Litigation Explosion.” (See the February 11 issue, […]

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