Entries by David Anderson

What problem is this addressing?

Senators Alexander and Corker (R-TN) have a proposal to tweak the ACA. I can’t figure out what the actual problem is that they are trying to fix. Alexander/Corker intro ACA fix: waive mandate penalty for people w/ no options and let them use the subsidy on a plan outside the exchanges. pic.twitter.com/nxrFZFJjOi — Sahil Kapur […]

Potentially good news everybody

Two ACA related stories from yesterday. The first is from the Hill on the Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies: Key House Republicans on healthcare say they want to find a way to fund ObamaCare payments that they previously sued the Obama administration over. The payments, known as cost-sharing reductions, reimburse insurers for providing discounted deductibles for […]

Keep an eye on Cassidy

I’ve been banging the drum that Cassidy-Collins is a plausible framework of a deal since January.  It still is in play. Let’s start with a statement from Senator Cassidy (R-LA) from last week: “There’s a widespread recognition that the federal government, Congress, has created the right for every American to have health care,” he said, […]

Collective action problems and races to the bottom

Insurers in a free, unregulated market with imperfect information and very expensive right hand tails of risk distribution will quickly converge to offering really bad coverage.  This is a sub-optimal for everyone involved.  It hurts people who need good coverage.  It hurts society in general as risk is not distributed efficiently.  It hurts hospitals as […]

I’m not tired of winning

BREAKING: CNN reporting that @POTUS has asked @SpeakerRyan to "pull the bill" — Timothy McBride (@mcbridetd) March 24, 2017 Are you tired of winning? I’m not Next fight is to make sure CMS and the Trump Administration do not sabotage the exchanges and avoids approving horrendous 1115 Medicaid waivers. And yes, I am big footing […]