The Coming Obamacare Fight

In a couple weeks Donald Trump will be sworn in as President. No doubt, thousands of people will descend on Washington to make their voices heard. But at the end of the day the red baseball caps will be hung up, the protest signs will be thrown away, and the new administration will be shuttled off to the inaugural balls. And when the sun rises, the fight over the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, will be officially on the clock.

Trump’s transition officials have made it clear that repealing the ACA is their first priority. And when the 115th Congress started on Tuesday, Utah Senator Mike Enzi wasted no time introducing a resolution to repeal Obamacare. Continue reading “The Coming Obamacare Fight”

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A Public Option Would Leave Us Optionless

Choice and competition are the bedrocks of innovation and affordability in the market. If there are multiple companies competing for consumer money, the winner will be the one which either increases the value of their product or finds a way to lower its cost. In contrast, fewer choices and less competition give companies more leverage to set higher prices and relieve any pressure to add value.

Last Thursday, President Obama seemed to reaffirm these bedrocks in his speech on fixing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Unfortunately, the public option he proposed to increase choice and competition — perhaps the most consequential of his three “tweaks” — would do the exact opposite. Continue reading “A Public Option Would Leave Us Optionless”

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Don’t look now. The Affordable Care Act is crumbling.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are dominating the media. I saw this first hand when I worked in a newsroom over the summer: The coverage was non-stop!

They are not, however, the biggest story of the summer. Based on a steady stream of articles and studies, I’m convinced that if it weren’t for this highly extraordinary election, 2016 would be known as the summer the Affordable Care Act (ACA) started to crumble. Continue reading “Don’t look now. The Affordable Care Act is crumbling.”

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