Trump ‘Better’ at Managing Obamacare Than Obama, Health Secretary Says

By Robert King
Tennessean, Sept. 27, 2018

Obamacare premiums are expected to drop 2% nationally next year, and the total number of insurers on the federal exchange will grow for the first time in four years, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday during remarks in Nashville. Azar credited President Trump for the improving insurance marketplace, saying that Trump had proven “better at managing” Obamacare than the law’s namesake. “It turns out, when you have a president who’s willing to take decisive action, who understands business, who’s willing to work with the private sector, you can find a way to help American patients, even within a failed system like the ACA.”

Health Care Is the Sleeper Issue of 2018

By Karl Rove
Wall Street Journal, Sept. 19, 2018

The Democrats’ most potent national policy issue in the 2018 midterms is health care. The pre-existing-conditions offensive against the GOP is based on its votes to repeal ObamaCare. But the truth is that every Republican in Congress who voted for repeal also voted to require states to provide protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The GOP approach was to let each state figure out how best to accomplish this under a system that worked better than the Affordable Care Act. Republicans trusted leaders in state capitals to do better than Washington for the people of their states.

Congress Can Slash the Cost of Health Care Premiums by as Much as a Third. Here’s How.

By Doug Badger
The Daily Signal, October 3, 2018

A new analysis from The Center for Health and Economy found that recommendations in the Health Care Choices Proposal would reduce premiums for individual coverage by as much as a third. The plan also would modestly reduce the deficit, increase the number of people with private health insurance, and cut Medicaid spending. The proposal, the product of national and state think tanks, policy analysts, and others in the conservative community, embarks on a new path to empower consumers and return authority to the states to provide people with better and more affordable health coverage options. It is built on a foundation of replacing Obamacare entitlements with formula grants to the states and giving states more flexibility in overseeing their health insurance markets.

Real Solutions, Not Empty Promises

By Grace-Marie Turner

Forbes, September 12, 2018

Yes, people with pre-existing conditions should be protected. But, like so many other things with Obamacare, the health overhaul law offers a promise but produces collateral damage in trying to deliver. States have much more experience in overseeing insurance markets, and the Health Policy Consensus Group has developed the Health Care Choices Proposal to provide states with greater flexibility and additional resources to help their citizens, including those with pre-existing additions. The plan would provide dedicated funding so they can help those with pre-existing conditions as well as families who are being hammered by high health costs so both groups can get and keep coverage.

The Facts About the Individual Mandate Repeal and the Increase in Premiums

By Doug Badger
The Daily Signal, July 28, 2018

It turns out sabotage might be overrated. A new study by the Center for American Progress argues Congress’s repeal of the individual mandate and a proposed Trump administration rule that would expand the sale and renewal of short-term policies will have a devastating effect on 2019 premiums. But a closer look at the data shows that’s not the full picture. […]

Trump Aims to Increase Value and Decrease Costs of Health Care, HHS Secretary Says

By Rachel del Guidice
The Daily Signal, July 26, 2018

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday that the Trump administration is working to deregulate health care with the goals of reforming the individual insurance market, lowering prescription drug prices, and creating a “value-based” health care system. “Today, fixing American health care requires disrupting government-dictated systems, building new ones that encourage choice and competition” Azar said in a speech at The Heritage Foundation’s headquarters on Capitol Hill. […]

Should States Allow Insurers to Offer Bare-Bones Health Plans With Fewer Mandated Benefits?

With Commentary By Doug Badger
The Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2018

The Affordable Care Act’s regime of regulations, penalties, mandates and subsidies has accomplished a remarkable feat: It has produced unaffordable insurance coverage that often doesn’t finance care for those who need it most. The federal government should therefore give states flexibility to permit the sale of alternative policies. […]

Dr. Ed Feulner Discusses Obamacare Replacement with Stuart Varney

Dr. Ed Feulner joins Stuart Varney
Fox Business, June 21, 2018

Dr. Ed Feulner joined Stuart Varney on Fox, where he was able to talk about the Heritage Foundation’s partnering with other conservative groups to create a replacement plan for Obamacare. “What you’ve got to do sometimes is lay the groundwork, come up with a good foundation so you can build a better structure,” said Feulner. “We know that the good foundation was not Obamacare.” […]

Conservative Groups Outline New Obamacare Repeal Plan

by Peter Sullivan
The Hill, June 19, 2018

A coalition of conservative groups on Tuesday released the outlines of a new plan for repealing and replacing ObamaCare, indicating that at least some corners of the Republican Party are still pushing for repeal. The plan was drafted by groups led by the Heritage Foundation, the Galen Institute and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who have been leading meetings for months. […]

Once More Into The Breach: Conservative Think Tankers Publish A New Obamacare Replacement

by Avik Roy
Forbes, June 20, 2018

The critical flaw in last year’s Graham-Cassidy replacement plan is that it bore the potential to make health insurance markets worse, not better, because due to design flaws in the bill, most states would have been strongly incentivized to eliminate their private individual insurance markets and replace them with an enlarged expansion of Medicaid. The Consensus Group proposal improves upon Graham-Cassidy by requiring that “at least 50% of the block grant goes toward supporting people’s purchase of private health coverage” […]