The Alan Katz Health Care Reform Magazine

By Alan Katz | The policies and politics surrounding health care reform in a Donald Trump world.

Trump kills key Obamacare subsidies: What it means

President Trump finally made good on his promise to yank funding from a key set of Obamacare subsidies.<p>The administration announced late Thursday night that it would immediately stop supporting the cost-sharing subsidies that reimburse insurers for reducing the deductibles and co-pays of …

ObamaCare

Trump to halt subsidies to health insurers

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a brash move likely to roil insurance markets, President Donald Trump will "immediately" halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to unravel for months.<p>The Health and Human Services department made the announcement in a statement late …

Health Care

Trump to halt subsidies to health insurers

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a brash move likely to roil insurance markets, President Donald Trump will "immediately" halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to unravel for months.<p>The Health and Human Services department made the announcement in a statement late …

Health Care

Foiled in Congress, Trump Moves on His Own to Undermine Obamacare

WASHINGTON — President Trump, after failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act in Congress, will act on his own to relax health care standards on small businesses that band together to buy health insurance and may take steps to allow the sale of other health plans that skirt the health law’s …

Health Care

How Trump set up Obamacare to fail

All the ways the Trump administration has made it harder to sign up for health insurance this year.<p>President Trump hasn’t succeeded in repealing Obamacare yet. But his administration is doing its best to force the law to fail.<p>The most critical time of the year for the health care law is almost …

Health Care

Senate GOP effort to unwind the Affordable Care Act faces critical test Tuesday

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans will decide Tuesday whether to hold a vote on unwinding the Affordable Care Act, even though they lack the votes to …

U.S. Congress

Don't let NHS die on its 70th birthday: Experts' fears 'crumbling' health service is at risk of keeling over as early as next year

Major ailments blighting the NHS include a rise in long waits at A&E, more ops being cancelled, and fewer available beds in hospitals and care homes, …

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Californians will get more information on what’s driving prescription drug prices under law signed by governor

Gov. Jerry Brown approved a measure Monday to increase disclosure on prescription drug prices, the focal point of growing efforts to clamp down on climbing pharmaceutical costs.<p>Supporters call the law the nation’s most sweeping effort to make prescription drug pricing more transparent. The measure …

Pharma

White House Finalizing Executive Order to Expand Health Care Plans

(WASHINGTON) — The White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool …

Health Care

Trump to sign order rolling back health insurance regulations: report

President Trump will sign an executive order next week aimed at rolling back health insurance regulations put in place by former President Obama in …

Health Care

Trump administration launches attack in a culture war, rolls back Obama rules on birth control and transgender employees

The Trump administration launched a broad attack in the culture wars this week, announcing an expanded policy to protect religious liberty and …

Rights & Freedoms

The Fight For Single-Payer Health Care Intensifies In California

<i>This story is being co-published with Capital & Main as part of a series on California Game Changers</i>: <i>Nine Big Ideas That Could Transform the State</i> …

Health Care

Eyes Fixed On California As Governor Ponders Inking Drug Price Transparency Bill

Insurers, hospitals and health advocates are waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown to deal the drug lobby a rare defeat, by signing legislation that would …

Health Care

America Is Surprisingly Reliant on Foreign Medical Graduates

As our recent eight-nation bracket tournament showed, many people think the United States health care system has a lot of problems. So it seems reasonable to think of policy changes that make things better, not worse. Making it harder for immigrants to come here to practice medicine would fail that …

Health Care

Bipartisan health care negotiations continue in Senate

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee, expressed cautious optimism Tuesday over the prospects of striking a deal on a bipartisan bill help stabilize the Obamacare marketplace saying that he and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray continue to work to find a way forward on …

ObamaCare

CHIP covers 9 million kids. Its funding expired this weekend.

<i>This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to</i> <i>get VoxCare in your inbox here</i><i>.</i><p>The Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act seems almost certainly dead for the rest of 2017 …

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The #2 Reason Bernie Sanders' Medicare-for-All Single-Payer Plan Is A Singularly Bad Idea

In part 1, I showed that the new federal taxes required by Senator Sanders’ Medicare-for-All plan would impose a hidden cost of $1.1 trillion in deadweight losses in 2017 alone. This is the #1 reason his single-payer plan is a singularly bad idea.<p>The #2 reason this plan is a bad idea is the …

Health Care

Trump preparing executive order to let Americans purchase health insurance across state lines

President Trump is preparing an executive order to allow people to purchase health insurance across state lines, a reform conservatives have long championed as a way to bring costs down and stir greater competition in the national marketplace.<p>The executive action gives the White House a chance to …

ObamaCare

3 Ways the Senate Budget Reopens the Door for ACA Repeal

After the latest failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Senate, Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) declared …

ObamaCare

Lawmakers ‘On The Verge’ Of Striking Bipartisan Deal To Stabilize Marketplaces, Schumer Vows

Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the chairman and ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, …

Health Policy

Obamacare Repeal Failed, but the Damage Is Already Done

WASHINGTON — Graham-Cassidy is officially over for now after Senate leaders announced they would not bring it up for a vote. But the damage to the health insurance market from the lengthy repeal debate is done — with higher premiums and fewer choices already baked into Obamacare’s 2018 …

U.S. Congress

Key GOP senator floats tying bipartisan insurance stabilization deal to reforms

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynNew GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Week ahead: Senators near deal to stabilize ObamaCare markets GOP eying 'blue …

ObamaCare

Senate Republicans Say They Will Not Vote on Health Bill

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Tuesday officially abandoned the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, shelving a showdown vote on the measure and effectively admitting defeat in their last-gasp drive to fulfill a core promise of President Trump and Republican lawmakers.<p>The decision …

Republicans

Here's how much people spend on healthcare by state

Americans are feeling the pressure of out-of-pocket healthcare costs, and understanding what those costs look like separate from health insurance, and other expenses, can be tricky.<p>So the JPMorgan Chase Institute, in a report released Tuesday, pulled together data from 2.3 million Chase customers' …

Health Care

HHS plans hours-long shutdowns of ObamaCare site during enrollment period

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning hours-long maintenance shutdowns of the federal ObamaCare exchange during the next open …

Health Care

Full Short Interview: We're Planning Health Care Vote 'This Week'

In an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short tells Chuck Todd that industry groups in opposition to the Graham-Cassidy proposal are compromised.

Health Care

GOP Revises Obamacare Repeal Bill Likely Headed for Defeat

Senators sponsoring a last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill raced to save it from near-certain death Sunday, circulating a new version aimed at winning …

Health Care

Backlash throws last-ditch Obamacare repeal effort into doubt

Opponents of the proposal seized on its plan to overhaul Obamacare’s subsidized insurance and Medicaid expansion and replace those with block grants.<p>Republicans hoping to jam a last-minute Obamacare repeal plan through the Senate are confronting a rising tide of opposition as health care groups, …

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