The Bipartisan Failure of the Individual Mandate
Seemingly lost in the news of last week’s big tax-cut victory for the GOP was the repeal of the individual mandate — the Obamacare provision that required Americans to have health coverage or else pay a penalty.
This is, to …
GOP Battle Cry: ‘Make Obamacare Voluntary!’
Congress should adopt an idea that President Donald J. Trump offered as he concluded his successful twelve-day Asian sojourn. Lawmakers also should give this policy a better name.
“I am proud of the Rep. House & Senate for working so hard …
John Kasich Leans into the Role of Pro-Obamacare Republican
Ohio governor John Kasich, the most vocal Republican critic of Obamacare-repeal efforts this year, is pleading with Congress to pass the health-care bill proposed by Senator Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) and Senator Patty Murray (D., Wash.).
The Alexander–Murray bill …
Should the House Accept the Alexander-Murray Deal?
On October 17, Senators Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D., Wash.) reached an agreement to provide cost-sharing-reduction (CSR) subsidies to insurers on the exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act. (“Cost sharing” refers to copayments, deductibles, and the like; …
Trump Faithfully Executes Obamacare; Media, Democrats Go Nuts
Why don’t the stories say: “President Trump Faithfully Executes Affordable Care Act”?
In report after sky-is-falling report, the journalism wing of the media-Democrat complex castigates the president over his decision to — as the New York Times put it — “scrap …
The Constitution Finally Takes Precedence over Obamacare
Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared at Chris Jacobs on Health Care. It is reprinted here with permission.
Late Thursday evening, the administration announced that it was immediately ending cost-sharing-reduction payments to health insurers offering plans in Obamacare exchanges. And …
Obama Lied. My Fourth Health Plan Died.
Cue the funeral bagpipes. My fourth health insurance plan is dead.
Two weeks ago, my husband and I received yet another cancellation notice for our private, individual health insurance coverage. It’s our fourth Obamacare-induced obituary in four years. Our first …
The Next Health Care Debate
The effort to enact a health reform through the 2017 budget reconciliation process was reported dead at least half a dozen times this year only to return for another round. But now, with the clock on that process expiring at the …
In Single-Payer, Who Really Pays?
Making the click-through worthwhile: the not-so-solid public support for single-payer, the inconvenient details behind the boast that Hillary Clinton “made history,” a stunningly low percentage of Americans can answer basic questions about how our government works, and the former Democratic …
The Next Obamacare Mess and the Rule of Law
When John Adams wrote into Massachusetts’s Constitution a commitment to a “government of laws and not of men,” he probably assumed that the rule of law meant the rule of laws, no matter how many laws there might be. He …
The Medical-Device Tax Needs to Be Fixed before the End of the Year
There are many tax changes coming our way. And for lower-income Americans, one piece of good news is that, if all goes according to plan, one of the most regressive taxes out there is on the way out; this is …
Obama’s No-Exception HHS Mandate: An Unnecessary Fight that Backfired
It took longer than expected, but the Trump administration finally moved earlier this month to provide broad exemptions to the Obama administration’s notorious HHS contraceptive mandate. The mandate requires employers sponsoring health-insurance plans to cover contraceptives, including some products …
Democrats Yelp as Trump Upholds Constitution
Donald Trump is criticized, often justly, for misstatements of facts and failure to understand the details of public policy. But in two of his most recent controversial actions, he has taken stands upholding the rule of law and undoing the …
Trump Is Right to End Insurance Subsidies, Wrong on Restricting the Press
These days, it is hard to be a constitutionalist. Our system of government is under attack from both the left and the right.
Progressives are gnashing their teeth over President Trump’s executive order cutting federal subsidies to insurance companies. …
Trump Was Right to End Unconstitutional Obamacare Subsidies
It’s a sad sign of our times that the constitutionality of any given government action is now seen as a wholly secondary consideration, subordinate to politics and arguments about politics. And so it is with Donald Trump’s necessary …
The Real Problem with Trump’s Ending of Insurer Subsidies
There’s been a lot of panic and confusion on the left since the announcement last night that Trump will end the federal government’s (illegal) payment of “cost-sharing reduction” (CSR) subsidies for insurers. But perhaps the panic should be more on …
Republicans Should Reject ‘Bipartisan’ Solution for Obamacare
The latest iteration of Obamacare repeal has likely failed. Senate Republicans were unable to pass a watered-down repeal effort that offered states some meager level of federalism in the form of block grants. Now, we’re again going to hear …
Fund Children’s Health, and Harmonize Its Block Grants with Medicaid
Senate leaders recently reached agreement on a five-year extension of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which was due to expire on September 30. CHIP, which helps states provide health-care coverage to low-income kids, is better structured than …
Tom Price Can Deliver Relief from Obamacare
This month brought fresh headlines about how Obamacare continues to implode. No fewer than five insurers have announced they will be withdrawing from the Obamacare marketplaces or raising their rates. Most recently, Medica — the sole Obamacare provider in Iowa …
The Problem with the ‘Otherwise, People Will Die’ Argument for Big Government
It has become the go-to policy argument for many liberals and the media: People will die. Repeal Obamacare#…#and people will die. Cut any social-welfare program by so much as $1#…#and people will die. Reform unsustainable entitlement programs like Social …