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03.17.10

Deem and Pass

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The latest constitutional dust-up over health care reform concerns whether the dDeem-and-pass rule proposed by Congresswoman Slaughter for passing the Senate bill though the House is constitutional. The problem, for anyone who has not been following the health care reform battle minute by minute, is that a lot of House members hate the Senate bill […]

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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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03.04.10

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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11.23.09

The Confusing Insurance Categories in the Senate Bill

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Another feature of the Senate bill that compares unfavorably with the House bill is its confusing definitions of insurance coverage. The House bill recognizes one category of private insurance, a “qualified health benefits plan,” which employers are obligated to provide and individuals to buy. This term is used throughout the bill. Only grandfathered plans are […]

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11.23.09

The Senate Bill and the States

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In my post of November 16, Returning to the Articles of Confederation, I compared the position that I expected the Senate bill to take on the role of the states in implementing health reform unfavorably to the approach taken by the House bill. The language of the Senate bill is now available, and, unfortunately, it […]

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11.05.09

Can Health Reform Include Malpractice Reform?

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The House Republican alternative health care reform bill is now available. There is little new in it. It mainly recycles ideas like association health plans and interstate insurance sales that have been pushed for years. The bill is important, however, because it does highlight the issue of malpractice. The bill contains a familiar package of […]

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11.02.09

Procedural Issues in HR 3962: Rather Disappointing

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In my post of September 27, I observed that the legislation then under consideration in Congress—HR 3200 (the House tri-committee bill), the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) bill, and Baucus chairman’s mark—paid inadequate attention to important procedural issues. In my post of October 27, I noted that the Senate Finance bill had made […]

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10.14.09

More on Takings

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The individual mandate is not the only provision of the proposed health care reform legislation to raise takings clause issues. All of the bills currently marked up by the jurisdictional House and Senate committees include provision for the establishment of “exchanges” (called “gateways” in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee bill), which […]

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