Public Policy

  • Improving the ACA: What’s On Employers’ Wish List

    The Affordable Care Act brought some significant changes to employer-sponsored healthcare, which employers factored into their long-term healthcare strategies. Revised plans were built to comply with the law’s many complex requirements, even though employers hoped for relief from the law’s more onerous provisions. Yet, despite the recent legislative drama and the promise of repeal and […]

  • ACA Repeal Could Threaten Employee Mobility

    Though the future of the Affordable Care Act is unclear, there is one thing about the health reform law that is clear: Having access to affordable healthcare coverage that cannot be denied because of pre-existing conditions enables a more mobile and flexible workforce. A number of aspects of the ACA have opened up more possibilities […]

  • King V. Burwell — A Perspective From Policy Affairs Director, John Barkett

    On June 25th, the Supreme Court handed down a much-anticipated decision on the King v. Burwell case. The case, which concerned the status of subsidies for individuals purchasing plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), would either reaffirm subsidies for plans on the federal exchange or eliminate them. The case was based […]

  • Mitch McConnell Would Have Vetoed Keystone if He Were President

    The President has been crystal clear that infrastructure is more than a pipeline from Canada. He also believes that he has already been given the right to determine which pipelines get approved without interference from Congress. And, in Washington, you don’t really give up your chips unless you get what you want. President Obama made […]

  • Health Care Practitioners Say Beverage Tax Has Potential To Reduce Obesity In United States; Voters Remain Divided

    A poll of 754 physicians and other health care practitioners, taken at the annual conference of the Academy for Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM) on October 30, revealed that 55 percent believe a tax on sugar-laden beverages will reduce obesity in the United States. While few would argue that drinking drinks with large amounts of […]

  • Republican Congressman Dave Camp to Oil & Gas Industries: “No More Subsidies”

    Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp’s (R-Michigan) tax reform bill introduced on February 26th removed all subsidies for oil, gas, coal, renewables, and other energy technologies. So, what led to a conservative congressman killing subsidies for oil and gas? Some recent history: in 2011, the environmentalists Friends of the Earth and Public Citizen partnered with climate […]

  • Jimmy Carter’s 1977 Unpleasant Energy Talk, No Longer Unpleasant

    On April 18, 1977, President Jimmy Carter addressed the American people by saying, “Tonight I want to have an unpleasant talk with you about a problem unprecedented in our history. With the exception of preventing war, this is the greatest challenge our country will face during our lifetimes. The energy crisis has not yet overwhelmed us, but […]

  • On the Public Health Insurance Marketplaces: November 2013

    In November, President Obama reversed a controversial provision of the Affordable Care Act, making good on his “if you like your plan, you can keep it” promise by allowing extensions for plans that otherwise would be cancelled under the ACA’s requirements. While some states have rejected the offer to extend plans, many have approved the […]

  • On the Public Health Insurance Marketplaces: October 2013

    Federal officials, state representatives, nonprofit organizers, and uninsured individuals alike waited with baited breath for the October 1st rollout of public health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. Now that we’ve let out that collective breath, let’s look back on the first month and learn what it meant for the states. All 34 states […]

  • Can The Internet Change How We Buy Health Care?

    It’s changed how we’ve consumed nearly every other service. Once health-care reform comes into effect, how will the web change how we deal with insurance companies? The Internet has enabled cost-slashing innovations in many markets–but not in the health care industry.  What makes health care so different? To start, the number of people who pay […]