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- 01/27/17--07:45: Don’t panic over the CBO repeal report - Individual mandate - AEI
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- 12/06/17--09:38: Can we please stop hyping death and taxes - Individual mandate - AEI
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), at the request of Senate Democrats, recently released a report estimating the effects of a reconciliation bill passed in 2015 but vetoed by President Obama (HR 3762). The bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual and employer mandates and, after a two-year delay, repeal the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and subsidies for insurance purchased on the ACA exchanges. The predicted results are dire but no one should pay too much attention. No one is proposing re-passing HR 3762 without other measures and CBO’s predictions are simply not believable.
If the Congressional Budget Office is wrong about the impact of Obamacare's individual mandate, then its numbers on the loss of coverage are too large. If it is right, then there is less reason to worry about those numbers.
There are less than forty shopping days before the next drop-dead date for the August recess, and political dismay springs eternal. So what have we learned so far about health care politics?
As Senate Republicans struggle to whip the votes needed to pass their ACA repeal bill, there is serious reason to doubt that the bill will actually help to stabilize the individual market.
Republican leadership, including the White House, needs to get past the slogans that served them well when they were not in power. A slash and burn approach to the CBO is not a substitute for the hard work of reforming health care.
On Twitter, President Donald Trump said he would be “using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people — FAST.” He isn’t bluffing. His White House has been working on a series of executive actions on health insurance. But his tweet is misleading. The most far-reaching action under consideration would not [...]
Some observers are describing the repeal of the mandate as a tax increase. In reality, the repeal is a tax cut, though not a sensible one.
Because the individual mandate was one of many features enacted at the same time, we couldn’t easily tell what effect it had on insurance numbers in isolation. But we may soon have the natural experiment we need to evaluate it.
“Yes, the Senate GOP tax plan would cause ‘thousands’ to die.” So read the headline of a short essay by Lawrence Summers published in the Washington Post on Sunday night. Summers, an eminent economist and former Treasury secretary, argues that the thousands of deaths will be a consequence of the Senate tax bill’s provision eliminating [...]
They may not have succeeded in repealing and replacing Obamacare, but Republicans are close to undoing the law’s least popular feature. The Senate has passed a tax bill to abolish Obamacare’s fines on people who go without health insurance — the so-called individual mandate. House Republicans are very likely to agree on that provision. In [...]
Both advocates and opponents of the ACA turn to mixed findings on the individual mandate to make their arguments regarding how the policy has affected coverage gains. In doing so, both sides seem to ignore the deeper question as to why the ACA's combination of taxpayer subsidies, expanded insurance programs, health benefits requirements, and coverage mandates has had so little of an effect relative to what was envisioned.
In order to pursue health reform in 2018, Republicans must first develop clarity and unity on what their priorities are for reform. Here is where they should begin.
Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration repealed the penalties associated with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate in the tax act that passed in December. Now they need to replace the mandate with something that will address rising premiums and command broader support. Automatic enrollment into health insurance plans is a good place to [...]
The repeal of the tax penalty will progressively worsen Obamacare’s risk pool as healthy enrollees who currently pay more into the system than the expected value of their coverage exit the exchanges.