December 28, 2015
The White House’s defeat on that, as well as several other Obamacare taxes, comes as a series of problems have piled up since coverage expansion kicked in two years ago, from collapsing co-op health plans to double-digit premium increases. No single one of them is likely to prove fatal, but together they have significantly weakened the law that Obama spent much of his presidency fighting for.
By joining with Republicans to delay the Cadillac tax, in particular, the president’s party chose the short-term demands of organized labor — a key ground-game player going into an election year — over the long-term goals of Obamacare. They offered fresh ammunition to Republicans who say the law is a money pit. And they showed a lack of political will to make Americans change their habits on health care spending.
“Is it the death knell? No. But it is harmful,” said Peter Orszag, Obama’s OMB director during the drafting of the law.
Source: Are Democrats crippling Obamacare? – POLITICO
December 21, 2015
The Affordable Care Act also grants substantial flexibility in its implementation, a feature Mr. Obama has repeatedly exploited. The new president could suspend penalties for individuals and employers, enforce income-verification requirements, ease the premium shock on young enrollees by adjusting the community rating system, allow different pricing structures inside the exchanges and alter provider compensation. These actions could begin dismantling the most pernicious parts of ObamaCare and prevent its roots from deepening as Congress debates its repeal and replacement.
Source: Cheer Up, Obama’s Legacy Can Be Erased – WSJ
December 10, 2015
So let’s recap. Obamacare has depressed job growth, costs are escalating at a higher rate, barely a dent has been made in the numbers of uninsured, and insurers are either exiting the markets or failing altogether. Under any other circumstances, a program that failed on its promises so badly would have all sides moving quickly to repeal it and work on a replacement. Don’t bet on that outcome from this White House and its dwindling number of Democratic supporters on Capitol Hill. They will surely try to sell us the illusion of competence and success.
That doesn’t mean we have to buy it.
Source: Obamacare Is Now on Life Support | The Fiscal Times
December 3, 2015
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 8:45 – 11:15 AM
Breakfast will be served.
AEI, Twelfth Floor | 1150 Seventeenth Street, NW | Washington, DC 20036
American health care policy debates have long been divided between those who support greater governmental regulation and those who favor more reliance on market incentives and consumer choice. Passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 did not end the debate, but it did increase pressure on those who are unsatisfied with the steady march toward more federal control. What is the alternative?Ten health policy experts have come together to provide an answer to that question. Their plan, “Improving Health and Health Care: An Agenda for Reform,” will be released and summarized at this public event, with commentary from some of the plan’s coauthors and respected national experts.
PARTICIPANTS Joseph Antos, AEI; James C. Capretta, AEI; Lanhee Chen, Stanford University; Scott Gottlieb, AEI; Chris Jennings, Jennings Policy Strategies; Thomas P. Miller, AEI; Tom Price, Chairman of the House Budget Committee; Robert Reischauer, Urban Institute; Gail Wilensky, Project HOPE.
Source: You are invited: Improving health and health care: An agenda for reform (December 9)
November 6, 2015
Unlike Social Security or Medicare, which produced few if any losers and a vast population of winners, the ranks of ObamaCare losers are growing with every price increase and mandate imposed. Which means that no matter who is elected in 2016, Americans are likely to want the next Congress to overhaul this mess rather than merely preserve a law that is doing at least as much harm as good.
Source: Why ObamaCare Won’t Be Preserved | commentary
November 5, 2015
We believe it is time to reform the filibuster once again. Specifically, it should be eliminated for all appropriations bills and for all judicial nominations, though retained for other legislation. We would also abolish the filibuster for any vote on the repeal of a federal law. These changes would not revolutionize our system of government, but would help restore Congress to the role it is supposed to have in the Founders’ design. To see why, we must recur to the first principles of our Constitution.
Source: Fix the Filibuster | The Weekly Standard