Earlier in July, Jonathan Cohn followed the House Budget Committee's hearings on the heatlh law's Independent Payment Advisory Board. The experience inspired him to offer this reminder of what it is;, how it will work; and why it is essential to controlling Medicare costs.
Conservative critics of Medicaid argue that the program doesn’t actually help beneficiaries. A new study offers empiracle evidence to the contrary.
It’s a good sign – politically -- for President Barack Obama that the report’s findings about the health law’s likely impact on employer-sponsored health insurance don’t hold up. But it also triggers another question: Is work-based insurance actually worth preserving?
Could the health law be overturned on the basis of the requirement that nearly everyone obtain health insurance? Sure. But it would be one more sign that the courts are establishing new limits on federal power, rather than recognizing existing ones. That is not something conservative judges, in particular, say they like to do.
An issue for voters -- both in this week's New York special election and in the run up to 2012 -- has to do with the differences in the two parties' visions for Medicare's future. After all, Medicare cuts come in all different shapes and sizes.
Located in one of the nation's most medically underserved areas, St. John's Well Child and Family Center is bracing for GOP-backed Medicaid cuts that the facility's director says would be disastrous.
A short walk down memory lane -- to a retired auto worker's 1959 congressional testimony -- offers a stark reminder that Republican plans to change Medicare could turn back time and leave many seniors unable to pay their medical bills.
The GOP vision for health care reform, as expressed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., is to limit federal health care spending to levels far below what they are today, and then let individuals make the best of it. The federal health law not only offers a more realistic approach to controlling costs, but a more humane one.
A recent Rand study found that in families with high-deductible plans, kids were less likely to get immunizations and adults were less likely to get cancer screenings. Not only did this seem to jeopardize the beneficiares’ health, it also called into question the cost savings.
The Healthy Indiana Plan is the Hoosier state's alternative to traditional Medicaid. It's boosters also consider it a viable alternative to the dreaded Affordable Care Act. But do they really have a case?