The Alan Katz Health Care Reform Magazine

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

Republicans exempt their own insurance from their latest health care proposal

Republican legislators want to keep popular Obamacare provisions for themselves and their staff.<p>House Republicans appear to have included a provision that exempts Members of Congress and their staff from their latest health care plan.<p>The new Republican amendment, introduced Tuesday night, would …

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Republicans finalize new Obamacare repeal proposal

The plan is expected to win more support from the conservative Freedom Caucus, but it’s still unclear whether the bill can pass the House.<p>Updated 04/25/17 10:26 PM EDT<p>The White House, top House conservatives and a key moderate Republican have finalized a new Obamacare repeal and replace plan they …

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Correcting Misconceptions About Invisible Risk-Sharing

On April 6, the House of Representatives added an amendment from Rep. Gary Palmer (AL) and Rep. David Schweikert (AZ) to the American Health Care Act …

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Moderates mum on repeal bill changes that would strip consumer protections

Updated 04/24/17 07:30 PM EDT<p>While hardline House conservatives are falling in line behind the latest Republican Obamacare repeal bill, there's ominous silence from most moderates whose support is also essential to getting the measure passed in the House.<p>The latest version would allow states to opt …

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Trump warns Democrats Obamacare will die without cash infusion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned Democrats on Sunday that Obamacare was in trouble and would die without government funding, apparently referring to the possibility of ending federal subsidies to help lower-income people buy health insurance.<p>"Obamacare is in serious …

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House GOP leaders won’t rush health care vote

On a members-only call, Speaker Paul Ryan issues a subtle signal to the White House, which is pushing for a deal before President Trump’s 100-day mark.<p>House GOP leaders during a members-only conference call Saturday vowed to avoid a government shutdown and said they're closer to a deal to repeal …

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Trump's next big idea on health care

He wants to sell insurance across state lines. We already know that won't make a difference.<p>With health care reform back on the table—and possibly up for a House vote next week—the nation’s attention is turning back to just what President Donald Trump’s long-term plan for fixing health care is. The …

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How G.O.P. in 2 States Coaxed the Health Law to Success or Crisis

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — When President Trump describes the Affordable Care Act as “imploding,” Lori Roll, an insurance agent here, does not consider it hyperbole.<p>Only one health insurer in Oklahoma is left selling coverage through the federal marketplace, and the hospital in this city of 36,000 is …

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House GOP members are floating a new health plan. Here’s what’s in it.

Insurers could charge sick people more and cover fewer benefits.<p>House Republicans are floating a new amendment to their health care bill — one that would likely cause even more Americans to lose coverage than the last version.<p>Leaders of the staunchly conservative Freedom Caucus and the more …

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White House pressures GOP leaders on Obamacare showdown next week

‘The question is whether it can get 216 votes in the House, and the answer isn't clear at this time,’ a senior GOP aide said.<p>Updated 04/20/17 07:15 PM EDT<p>A frantic and impatient White House is pressuring House GOP leaders for another showdown vote on repealing Obamacare next week so it can notch a …

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Health Insurers Make Case for Subsidies, but Get Little Assurance From Administration

Health insurers pressed Trump administration officials on Tuesday to continue billions of dollars in subsidies for low-income people buying plans under the federal health care law, but left with nothing that would dissipate the fog of uncertainty hanging over the industry.<p>The insurers have been …

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Health Care Reform Math Adds Up To Compromise

When it comes to health care reform, it’s all about the math. The First Element: Trump and Winning President Donald Trump hates to lose. He’s about …

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Grasping For The Middle Ground On Obamacare

Joel Hay, a professor at the University of Southern California, describes his political views as “conservative, free market.” But in a …

Trump's 'Obamacare' fixes don't impress insurers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration released limited fixes Thursday for shaky health insurance markets, but insurers quickly said those actions won't guarantee stability for millions of consumers now covered.<p>While calling it a step in the right direction, the industry is looking for a …

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How Alaska fixed Obamacare

Last year, Alaska’s Obamacare marketplaces seemed on the verge of implosion. Premiums for individual health insurance plans were set to rise 42 percent. State officials worried that they were on the verge of a “death spiral,” where only the sickest people buy coverage and cause rates to skyrocket …

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Trump may halt insurer payments to force Democrats to table on healthcare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that he might consider withholding billions of dollars of Obamacare payments to health insurers to force Democrats back to the negotiating table on healthcare.<p>Insurers and major medical groups have warned …

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Trump: I want to pass health care before doing tax reform

President Donald Trump still wants to pass a health care bill before he turns to tax reform.<p>“We're going to have a phenomenal tax reform, but I have to do health care first,” Trump said, according to an excerpt of an interview with Fox Business Network released Tuesday and set to air Wednesday. “I …

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This is how Obamacare might actually explode

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>The Trump administration is sending mixed messages on billions of dollars in federal payments that make deductibles affordable for millions of Americans and are a top priority for health insurers considering whether to sell Affordable Care Act health plans next year.<p>The …

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How Many People Have Health Insurance In The US? New Poll Reveals Rise In Percentage

After dropping precipitously since mid-2013 and generally declining since then, the percentage of uninsured Americans increased in the first quarter …

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These are the moderate Republicans who are stopping Trumpcare

“It’s a bit like negotiating with Jell-O.”<p>President Donald Trump pinned the blame directly on the House Freedom Caucus as Republicans failed, first in March and again last week, to repeal and replace Obamacare. With lawmakers now home for a two-week Easter break, the bill is still stuck.<p>You can’t …

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Republicans Now Control Obamacare. Will Your Coverage Change?

The Affordable Care Act's worst enemies are now in charge of the vast range of health coverage the law created. They're also discussing changes that could affect a wider net of employment-based policies and Medicare coverage for seniors.<p>Although Republicans failed last month in their first attempt …

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Insurers Stem Losses, and May Soon Profit, From Obamacare Plans

In contrast to the dire pronouncements from President Trump and other Republicans, the demise of the individual insurance market seems greatly exaggerated, according to a new financial analysis released Friday.<p>The analysis, by Standard & Poor’s, looked at the performance of many Blue Cross plans in …

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Obamacare: We Hate It, Love It, and Really Don't Have a Clue What It Does

And you wonder why health reform is so hard?<p>It's been a little more than two weeks since Republicans in the House of Representatives pulled the …

After Competing With HealthCare.gov, Private Exchanges See Opening With Trump Administration

As Congress continues to debate the future of Obamacare, efforts to repeal the health care law and make changes to the health insurance landscape are …

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GOP Proposes Health Bill Tweak Similar to Obamacare Program - Bloomberg

House Republicans are proposing a last-minute change to their health bill that would pay back insurers who cover sick, expensive patients, and that’s …

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White House aides clash with GOP leaders over flailing Obamacare push

The job security of Speaker Paul Ryan as well as GOP lawmakers and White House staff was a topic of discussion.<p>Updated 04/06/17 10:39 AM EDT<p>A Wednesday evening meeting between top aides to President Donald Trump and House Republican leaders turned heated when the White House officials exhorted …

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