Democrats and Republicans are committed to the goals of better access to more affordable coverage and better protection for those with pre-existing conditions. We must first start with a commitment to maintain consumers protections and work together to solve the problems of access to care and costs of coverage.

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Medicare’s costs for outpatient prescription drugs are rising quickly, and there is a growing sense that part of the problem lies in the incentives structure that Medicare Part D creates. Last week, the Trump Administration announced plans for a new, voluntary Part D payment model intended to lower Medicare expenditures on prescription drugs. The model’s…

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For decades, we’ve talked and talked and talked about the high cost of American health care. But we haven’t done anything about it. As the above chart shows, the problem has gotten so bad that, today, hospital spending reduces the average family’s take-home pay more than do federal taxes. Overall, as a country, Americans spent…

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Consider what the average American thinks they hear about “Medicare for All.” They probably think everyone would get the same Medicare coverage currently going to their parents and grandparents. Not so. Despite the clever branding, the Medicare for All plan that Harris has supported is actually a universal coverage plan that covers more services than…

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Academic justifications for 70% marginal tax rates, such as Peter Diamond and Emmanuel Saez’s, are nothing more than a veneer intended to deceive a wider audience that doesn’t know better. Diamond and Saez’s original argument for a 70% tax rate—that it would enhance both tax revenue and social welfare—ignores the long-term consequences of high tax…

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Report Highlights: Regional associations launched 71 percent of new AHPs Vast majority of new regional associations are chamber of commerce-based 4 out of 5 new AHPs are insured through a third-party insurance company as opposed to self-funded Maximum savings claims average higher for self-funded plans than fully-insured plans, though both are in double digits Half…

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At a town hall event this week, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who recently launched her presidential campaign, said she wants to eliminate private insurance entirely, which would mean that about 177 million people would lose their existing plan.

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The reason so many Medicaid recipients failed to comply with the Arkansas work requirement may be as simple as this: They didn’t consider the benefits worth the effort. Yet, a study by the Buckeye Institute found that people who favorably respond to work requirements will earn far more—in some cases nearly $1 million more—over the course of a lifetime than those who remain on Medicaid and don’t increase their work efforts.

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The Trump administration is rolling out the policy specifics for a central promise in its plan to lower drug prices—taking on the system’s middlemen. HHS Secretary Azar has long had his eye on PBMs and the rebates that are their bread and butter. HHS has proposed to essentially ban those rebates in Medicare and Medicaid, forcing PBMs to collect a flat fee for their work.

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The federal government now finances 90% of the cost of Medicaid expansion, but that doesn’t make it free. A recent report found that Medicaid represents about 29.7% of total state spending in fiscal year 2018. In 2008 it was 20.5%. These numbers will continue to grow, sucking up more of our limited funds.  Thanks to a…

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