The Alan Katz Health Care Reform Magazine

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

Obamacare’s Bare County Problem Looks Mostly Solved, for Now

A few months ago, it looked as if large swaths of the country might end up without any insurers willing to sell Obamacare insurance in 2018. But in the last few weeks the “bare county” problem, which President Trump had cited as a sign the markets were failing, has nearly solved itself.<p>On Tuesday, …

Health Care

20-plus Healthcare Stats That Will Blow You Away

<i>The whole issue of healthcare is very complicated. There have been seven presidents who've tried to get healthcare reform passed.</i> -- Valerie Jarrett<p><i>Now, I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject... Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated.</i> -- Donald Trump<p>No matter who you are, …

Health Care

Single Payer Medicare For All Or Private Medicare Advantage?

Medicare is uniquely well positioned due to a powerful demographic wave transforming USA society and generating a highly influential senior …

Medicare

Forget about single-payer healthcare. This California congressman has the real solution: Medicare for all

Dreaming of a state-run single-payer healthcare system? Wake up and enter the real world. Want universal healthcare for all Americans? Medicare for all is the solution.<p>Not this year or next, but possibly in the future — when Democrats recapture the presidency and Congress.<p>That’s the clear-eyed, …

Health Care

7 Healthcare Expenses Medicare Won't Pay For -- The Motley Fool

Think Medicare has you covered for all the care that you'll need? Actually, there are a lot of coverage exclusions to be aware of.<p>If you're looking …

Medicare

Health inequality gap ‘is still growing’ in England, new Department of Health data shows

Poor people face years of failing health and earlier death compared to the rich, despite government pledges to reduce inequality<p>The health gap between rich and poor is growing in England, according to shocking figures compiled by the Department of Health.<p>Despite government pledges to reduce …

Health Care

Trump's moves are causing health insurance premiums to jump, study says

Actions by the Trump administration are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased by many people, according to a nonpartisan study.<p>The analysis released Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that mixed signals from President Trump have …

Health Care

Trump administration shifts tone on Obamacare, signals openness to bipartisan 'fix'

The Trump administration, thwarted in several attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, notably shifted tone Wednesday, opening the door for a bipartisan plan to "fix" the law.<p>The change came even as a fight escalated between President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) over …

Health Care

Employers to spend about $10,000 on health care for each worker

Employees at big companies should be prepared to pay 5 percent more for their health care next year.<p>New results from an industry organization's …

Health Care

Top Democratic, Republican health experts agree on this plan to fix Obamacare

A prominent and unlikely group of liberal and conservative health experts have authored an ambitious plan to fix the Affordable Care Act — and they plan to make a hard push for their ideas on Capitol Hill. The plan is notable because it has the support of especially well-connected health advisers …

Health Care

Stabenow: Medicare at 55 plan a ‘win-win’

Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s proposal would allow people age 55 to 64 to “buy in” to Medicare, the health program for seniors

Health Care

Why Premiums Have Risen So Much Under Obamacare

The failed Republican effort to kill Obamacare had a saving grace. It's small but significant. We now know the chief cause of skyrocketing …

Health Care

McConnell to consider bipartisan plan to pay health insurers | Miami Herald

A week after an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he'd consider a bipartisan effort to …

ObamaCare

Employer-based health coverage likely to stay awhile

WASHINGTON (AP) — Get your insurance through your employer? The ongoing political turmoil around "Obamacare" all but guarantees you'll still be able to do that.<p>Ask Walt Rowen, whose business is etching glass but whose experience managing century-old, family-owned Susquehanna Glass makes him …

Health Care

3 key dates in the battle over Obamacare's subsidies

Insurers' time and patience is running out.<p>They have waited months for the Trump administration to commit to paying a key set of Obamacare subsidies.<p>The president, however, continues to string them along, despite the pleas of carriers, doctors, governors and even Republican lawmakers.<p>He threatened …

Lawyers, lawmakers leave Trump administration in limbo on Obamacare subsidies

President Donald Trump has told advisers repeatedly he wants to end Obamacare cost-sharing subsidies that are crucial to the marketplaces continuing to work, and he has publicly said it would make sense to blow up the system, put the blame on the Democrats and force a negotiation.<p>But after the …

The White House

How Americans get their health insurance

With Obamacare firmly in the crosshairs of Republican lawmakers, the debate around U.S. healthcare is at a fever pitch.<p>While there is no shortage of opinions on the best route forward, the timeliness of the debate also gives us an interesting chance to dive into some of the numbers around …

Health Care

Set the health care record straight: Republicans helped craft Obamacare

A final vote isn't the whole story. It's like researching your ancestry and going no further back than your mother and father.<p>The day after she was one of three Republican senators to vote against her party's proposal to repeal chunks of the Affordable Care Act, Susan Collins of Maine posted a …

U.S. Congress

GOP Shows Signs of Reaching Out to Democrats on Health Care

(WASHINGTON) — Republicans showed signs Tuesday of reaching out to Democrats for a joint if modest effort to buttress health insurance markets, four …

ObamaCare

Trump on tricky legal ground with Obamacare threat

President Donald Trump's threat to stop billions of dollars in government payments to insurers and force the collapse of "Obamacare" could put the government in a legal bind.<p>Law experts say he'd be handing insurers a solid court case, while undermining his own leverage to compel Democrats to …

Health Care

Centrist lawmakers plot bipartisan health care stabilization bill

A coalition of roughly 40 House Republicans and Democrats plan to unveil a slate of Obamacare fixes Monday they hope will gain traction after the Senate’s effort to repeal the law imploded.<p>The Problem Solvers caucus, led by Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), is fronting the effort to …

ObamaCare

Lawsuits could force feds to pay Obamacare insurers

The companies claim the federal government owes them billions from a program meant to stabilize Obamacare marketplaces.<p>A pending court decision could force the Trump administration to pump billions of dollars into Obamacare insurers, even as the president threatens to let the health care law …

Health Care

Government-Run Health Care: Democrats’ New Litmus Test

WASHINGTON — Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., plays the long game.<p>The longest-serving member of the House of Representatives introduced a bill to make Martin Luther King's birthday a holiday four days after his assassination, but had to wait until the Reagan administration to see it become law.<p>For the …

Health Care

It’s not Obamacare anymore. It’s our national health-care system.

<i>Drew Altman is president and chief executive of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Larry Levitt is senior vice president of the Kaiser Foundation.</i><p>Republicans failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act early Friday because of divisions within their own ranks, and because they tried not …

Health Care

Dems pivot to offering ObamaCare improvements

House Democrats are poised to advance a flood of proposals designed to address the problems dogging President Obama's signature healthcare law — a …

U.S. Congress

Murkowski faces tough prospect of bipartisan, process-focused health care reform

WASHINGTON — When Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski returns to Congress on Monday, she'll face a likely daunting proposition of starting anew on health care …

Health Care

As Trump steams, Senate Republicans consider new repeal effort

Some congressional Republicans are backing a proposal by Sen. Lindsey Graham they hope can get 50 Republican votes.<p>Senate Republicans’ party-line attempts to repeal Obamacare aren’t dead just yet — at least not if President Donald Trump has anything to say about it.<p>Trump, increasingly impatient …

U.S. Congress

Behind Legislative Collapse: An Angry Vow Fizzles for Lack of a Viable Plan

WASHINGTON — The closing argument was a curious one: Vote yes, Republican leaders told the holdouts in their conference. We promise it will never become law.<p>After seven years of railing against the evils of the Affordable Care Act, the party had winnowed its hopes of dismantling it down to a menu …

U.S. Congress