The American people are likely unaware of the risks they face in disclosing their personal medical and financial information to strangers through the enrollment programs and have not been well informed of the potential for state entities to violate federal laws during the implementation of the ACA.
The staid world of diagnostic testing is about to undergo a major disruption with huge advances in sensors and sensing technologies that live in or on our bodies, within our homes and offices, and even within our computers and networks.
A new analysis from the Clayton Christensen Institute outlines the way many aspects of Obamacare discourage the sort of disruptive innovation that makes previously pricey and complicated products more accessible to more people. For instance, the highly regulated exchanges “essentially put a floor on the low end of coverage, thus limiting opportunities for entrants to provide different types of coverage and methods of care delivery.”Obamacare’s operating system might be fixable; its faulty economic logic surely isn’t.
The 29 million non-managerial workers in private-sector industries which pay up to about $14.50 per hour, on average, put in a 27.4-hour week, a level previously matched only at the depths of the recession in 2009.
As the recovery began that summer, average weekly hours staged a recovery that erased most of the recession’s decline. But the workweek recovery began to reverse in early 2012, and the drop-off has accelerated in 2013 — just as the onset of ObamaCare’s employer mandate created new incentives for employers to restrict workers to fewer than 30 hours per week.
Please join Health Affairs Founding Editor John Iglehart on Tuesday, October 8, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, for a Health Affairs briefing at which we will unveil the October 2013 thematic, “Economic Trends And Quality Trade-offs.”
Panels will spotlight two noteworthy studies from the issue: .“Substantial Health And Economic Returns From Delayed Aging May Warrant A New Focus For Medical Research”“Trends Underlying Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Growth For Americans Younger Than Age 65″
WHEN: Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 8:30 – 11:00 am
WHERE: National Press Club,529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC
Far from giving up, Republicans need to redouble their efforts to repeal and replace. That requires a robust debate within the party on the best political strategy (not to mention the best candidates to present the case against the law) as well as vigorous policy work to find solid and salable alternatives to Obama’s $1.4 trillion boondoggle. That Democrats are claiming the Republicans have violated unwritten laws about political probity is actually the surest sign yet that the Grand Old Party is on the right track.
In my interviews with them, Heritage officials could recite chapter and verse on why Heritage turned against the individual mandate — a turn, they claim, that occurred before Romney or Obama adopted the idea. “We still believe universal coverage is a good idea,” Truluck said. But none of the four Heritage officials I interviewed could tell me offhand how the foundation proposes to reform health care and cover the uninsured if Obamacare is scrapped. (Later, an assistant followed up by emailing me links to Heritage papers on “putting patients first,” regulating the health-insurance market, and Medicare reform.)
The rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) thus far has been characterized by missed milestones, a lack of clarity, and partisan squabbling. But does this inauspicious beginning mean that the law will fail in its goal to make health care more available to and affordable for all Americans, or will the ship right itself before it sinks? The American public is concerned with three major aspects of the law: the access to coverage, the affordability of coverage, and how the changes will benefit them. On all three counts, the ACA will fail to live up to the promises made by the Obama administration. Despite that, the law will have a profound impact on the US insurance market.
Health insurance under Obamacare will cost individuals at least $2,988 a year on average, a price that Republican opponents may target as out-of-reach for many Americans who don’t qualify for U.S. subsidies.
While the $249 monthly payment is intended to be discounted through tax credits, less than half of people now buying insurance on their own may get that help. The release of the data by the Obama administration comes just six days before the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges open for enrollment, and a day after Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, took the floor of the U.S. Senate to oppose the law.
The databook below contains information, current as of September 18, 2013, on qualified health plans in the 36 states in which the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will support or fully run the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2014. Plan data is in final stages but is still under review as of September 18 and may be revised in HHS systems before being displayed for consumers, so this information is subject to change.