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August 6, 2012

  

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Wonk Wars - Battle One
Wonk Wars - Battle Two
Forget the Wonk Wars, What About an Actual Court Battle?
Another Tact is to Introduce Legislation to Address a Problem
This Week in Washington
What We're Reading - Cottage Edition
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Wonk Wars - Battle One

Two think tanks captured the health policy community’s attention last week by releasing competing articles explaining how to control costs in healthcare system in the New England Journal of Medicine. The more liberal organization, the Center for American Progress (CAP), uses PPACA as the basis for its proposed reforms. The more conservative group, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), backs a market-driven defined contribution model instead...  Read More

Wonk Wars - Battle Two
Meanwhile, the battle as to whether or not federally-facilitated exchanges can legally distribute federal income tax subsidies to qualified individuals to offset their health insurance premium costs in 2014 is still raging. Conservative scholars Michael Cannon and Jonathon Adler have been arguing back and forth about it with one of PPACA’s biggest fans, Washington and Lee University law professor Timothy Jost. Again, in true wonk fashion, they’ve been doing this arguing via competing blog posts in the journal of Health Affairs... Read More
Forget the Wonk Wars, What About an Actual Court Battle?
Instead of making theoretical arguments about health reform in policy journals, the State of Maine is considering actually doing something about costs and PPACA implementation. The state has submitted a plan amendment to the Department of Health and Human Services asking to pare back their Medicaid program in three areas due to cost concerns, potentially reducing the program’s enrollment by roughly 21,000 people... Read More
Another Tact is to Introduce Legislation to Address a Problem
Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX) bucked conventional wisdom that House Republicans only want to repeal the health reform law and not actually do anything to fix problems in the health care system when he introduced the Guarantee Access to Health Insurance Act, H.R. 6283 last week... Read More
This Week in Washington
This week everyone’s celebrating that Congress has finally left town for their six-week August/half of September recess. We’re particularly excited since before getting out of Dodge, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) agreed on a six-month deal to keep the government’s doors open through the election season... Read More
What We're Reading - Cottage Edition
We’ve escaped the bickering back in DC and send you these picks from a lakeside deck... Read More
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