Supersizing ObamaCare Subsidies

By The Editorial Board The Wall Street Journal, February 24, 2021 Progressive policy priorities are hitching a ride on Congress’s “Covid relief” bill, shoveling billions into the Affordable Care Act with the goal of making government insurance a middle-class entitlement on the way to Medicare for All. Instead of making the underlying product better or […]

Expanded ACA Subsidies: Exacerbating Health Inflation and Income Inequality

By Brian Blase The Galen Institute, February 23, 2021 The Covid relief bill racing through Congress is a huge giveaway to wealthy households and health insurers, will inflate health costs and premiums, exacerbates income inequality, and sets the stage for a significant loss of employer-sponsored coverage, according to the findings in an important new paper […]

The New Push to Expand Government’s Role in Health Care Won’t Work. Here’s How We Can Help Americans Instead.

By The Health Policy Consensus Group The Heritage Foundation, February 22, 2021 Instead of addressing Obamacare’s many flaws and costly mandates, the Democrats’ misguided proposal simply throws more money at insurance companies. The economic dislocation caused by COVID-19 did not appear to have had a significant adverse effect on health insurance coverage. Congress should pursue […]

Assessing President Biden’s Obamacare Expansion Proposals

February 2, 2021 As a presidential candidate, Joe Biden rejected calls from other Democrats to join them in backing a single-payer, government-run health care system, instead saying his plan was to expand and improve the Affordable Care Act. Please join the Institute for Policy Innovation and the Galen Institute for a special Zoom policy event […]

Coalition Supports State Flexibility Rules

December 29, 2020 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken steps to increase states’ ability to reform their individual and small group health insurance markets, and a coalition of health policy experts has provided comments supporting a proposed rule that would codify the agency’s more flexible guidance. Twenty-two health policy experts submitted […]

Medicaid is hemorrhaging $100B on Americans ineligible for the program

By Brian Blase The New York Post, November 28, 2020 Medicaid is meant to cover health care and long-term care for lower-income Americans. But a new report reveals the government — both in Washington and in state capitols across the country — is failing to ensure that only people who are eligible for Medicaid are […]

Forget lockdowns: At home self testing can work for COVID-19 containment

By Doug Badger The Washington Times, November 23, 2020 The pandemic is again raging in Italy, where strict lockdowns and widespread mask-wearing were once believed to have tamed the contagion. The resurgence of COVID-19 in Italy and throughout the West points up an unpleasant truth about our public health strategy: lockdowns + mask-wearing + “wait for […]

COVID-19: Why President Biden’s Response Strategy Falls Short

By Doug Badger The Heritage Foundation, January 27, 2021   There is a natural tendency for a new Administration to focus on the things it can control. Reshuffling boxes on organizational charts, creating multi-agency working groups, and ordering up studies and reports conveys an aura of competent governance. The risk is that the federal government […]

Can Republicans Regroup on Health Care?

By the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Wall Street Journal, November 29, 2020 ObamaCare returned to the Supreme Court this month and the law seems sure to survive a legal challenge from GOP state attorneys general. That lawsuit has long looked like a futile exercise, and the real question for Republicans is: How many elections […]