The Autumn of ObamaCare

by The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board
The Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2018

Recent insurer requests for premium increases are just the next step in a long series of Obamacare’s fallout. Average premiums doubled between 2013 and 2017, according to Health and Human Services data. Rather than propping up Obamacare with more money, some on the right are working to repeal and replace the law this year, and we’d welcome nothing more. […]

Obamacare’s Cost Sharing Is Too High, Even for HSAs

by Ed Haislmaier
The Heritage Foundation, June 1, 2018

Escalating premiums, higher plan deductibles, higher out-of-pocket maximums, and narrowing provider networks are all manifestations of the basic flaws in Obamacare’s public policy architecture. One effect is that Obamacare’s maximum out-of-pocket limits are higher than those for HSA-compatible plans. […]

Conservative Activists Aren’t Giving Up Their Obamacare Repeal Dream

by Paige Winfield Cunningham
The Washington Post, May 29, 2018

A new reform plan is being forged by leaders at the conservative think tanks The Heritage Foundation and the Galen Institute, along with former senator Rick Santorum and Yuval Levin of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. They’ve been meeting regularly over the past eight months to craft a recommendation for Congress […]

New Push to Topple Affordable Care Act Looms

By Stephanie Armour and Siobhan Hughes
The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2018

A group of Republicans and advocacy groups will soon release a proposal intended to spark another push to repeal the Affordable Care Act, resurrecting a potentially volatile issue in the months before the November midterm elections. The proposal, which would give states more control over health policy […]

Obamacare repeal effort quietly poised for success

by Quin Hillyer
Washington Examiner, May 25, 2018

New numbers on healthcare costs highlight, yet again, how much of a dereliction of duty it will be if congressional Republicans don’t take another crack this year at replacing Obamacare.
The Congressional Budget Office reported on Wednesday that premiums for the basic Obamacare plan will rise 15 percent next year, despite overall price inflation in the rest of the economy remaining at or below 2 percent. […]

Obamacare Is Shrinking the Individual Health Insurance Market

By Ed Haislmaier
Daily Signal, May 17, 2018

New data from insurance company regulatory filings show that enrollment in the individual health insurance market declined significantly last year—by 10 percent, or 1.8 million people. As of the end of 2017, enrollment in individual-market coverage stood at 15.3 million—the lowest level since before Obamacare.

Graham Working on New Obamacare Repeal Bill

By Peter Sullivan
The Hill, May 16, 2018

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is working on a new version of his Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill and has not given up on efforts to do away with the law despite Republicans’ failure last year. “I haven’t given up,” Graham said. “Will there be another effort to replace Obamacare with a state-centric plan? I hope so.” […]

Sen. Alexander Hopes States Can Find A Way To Bring Down Rates

By Tom Howell Jr.
Washington Times, May 8, 2018

In a letter to colleagues, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) thanks supporters for their help with his efforts to lower premiums in the individual market.  He provides an update on his plans to work with the administration to repair the damage caused by the Affordable Care Act and urges states to work to provide relief […]

Conservative Groups Quietly Pursue New Obamacare Repeal Plan

By Alex Ruoff
Bloomberg Law, May 4, 2018

A coalition of policy experts from conservative think tanks and advocacy groups is quietly working to spur Congress to take another shot at overhauling Obamacare before the midterm elections.

The group, which includes former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), has members from the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and the Goldwater Institute who […]