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 […]

Five Steps Policymakers Can Take to Permit the Sale and Renewal of Affordable Alternatives to Obamacare Policies

By Doug Badger and Whitney Jones
Heritage Foundation, April 26, 2018

Policymakers should provide consumers more freedom to choose the insurance coverage that is best for their families. A useful first step: rescinding an Obama Administration–imposed federal rule that improperly limits the sale and renewal of short-term limited-duration (STLD) health insurance policies. While this will afford consumers some relief, Congress should go further […]

Health Policy Consensus Group Calls For Renewability Of Short-Term Health Plans

By Grace-Marie Turner and Doug Badger
Forbes, April 24, 2018

Thirty-nine health policy experts and representatives of a broad cross-section of organizations joined in signing a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding its proposed rule on Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance. They argue that the Obama administration exerted “regulatory overreach” in limiting the sale of short-term policies […]

An Open Letter to the American Public from More Than 30 Leaders

A fresh approach to health reform would provide resources and greater flexibility to the states to steward the return of freedom and personal choice over health decisions to doctors and patients. Our latest Consensus Group letter explains how the new plan would work:

Congressional leaders were poised last month to spend tens of billions of dollars in the omnibus bill to temporarily shore up Obamacare’s failing health insurance system. […]

A New Health-Care Debate

By Yuval Levin and Ramesh Ponnuru
National Review, March 29, 2018

After years of being a central political question, health care is on the back burner. Both parties contain experts and activists who want to make major changes to health policy. But for now, both parties’ politicians are wary. A decentralizing and deregulatory approach to health policy offers a substantively and politically attractive path […]

Why Some Americans Are Risking It and Skipping Health Insurance

By John Tozzi
Bloomberg, March 26, 2018

In tiny Marion, North Carolina, the Buchanan family decided that $1,800 a month was too much to pay for health insurance and are going without it for the first time in their lives. Across America, there are thousands of people like the Buchanans making the same hard decision to go without health insurance […]

How Obamacare Raised Premiums

By Edmund Haislmaier and Doug Badger
The Heritage Foundation, March 5, 2018

The seismic effects of the ACA on insurance markets continue to be felt nearly eight years after its enactment. Premiums for individual coverage more than doubled between 2013 and 2017. Much of that increase resulted from Obamacare’s new regulations, especially prohibiting medical underwriting, guaranteed issue, and banning pre-ex exclusions. […]