Romney’s Pre-Existing Condition “Plan” Involves Encouraging the States to Come Up With a Plan

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 7:10 am

The importance of what was not discussed in last night’s debate cannot be overstated. But the post-debate analysis will be tempered by whether the Romney campaign can hold on through the newfound tradition of fact-checking that will follow in the next couple days. Already one issue has been brought up. There was a lengthy but [...]

Romney’s Multiple Positions on Obamacare Shows Difficulty for Him to “Move to the Middle”

By: Monday September 10, 2012 7:34 am

Most of what you want to know about the impact of the two back-to-back political conventions on the 2012 election can be seen in Mitt Romney’s flailing response yesterday on Meet the Press to a question about health care. Mitt Romney said Sunday that he would retain elements of President Obama’s health care overhaul, blamed [...]

Romney’s Health Care Plan Would Allow Pre-Existing Condition Discrimination

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 7:39 am

One thing you’re hearing Republicans grapple with as they face the prospect of the Supreme Court overturning the entire health care law is that they want to keep the more popular provisions intact. Invariably that includes excluding insurance companies from discriminating against potential customers on the basis of a pre-existing condition, perhaps the most popular [...]

Republicans May Opt to Reinstate Parts of Obamacare if Invalidated by Supreme Court

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 1:03 pm

Republicans think they’ve figured out a way to clean up after the ruling on the Affordable Care Act from the Supreme Court. They have articulated a series of options after the fact to retain some elements of the law, the parts they view as the most popular. If the law is upheld, Republicans will take [...]

Insurers Look at Options if Individual Mandate Overturned

By: Monday March 19, 2012 8:57 am

Next week, the Supreme Court begins three days of hearings on the Affordable Care Act. The justices will have to rule on the constitutionality of the individual mandate and the Medicaid expansion, unless they rule that the plaintiffs lack standing to sue because the penalties under the law have not come into existence yet. Jeffrey [...]

Firing Insurance Companies More Myth Than Reality

By: Tuesday January 10, 2012 9:35 am

If people want to say that Mitt Romney “likes to fire people,” I’m not going to stop them. Lord knows that liberals have put up with egregious misstatements of fact and lines ripped out of context for years, if not decades. In fact, Romney did it just a couple months ago. So blowback’s a bitch. [...]

Ill-Fated Health Care Repeal Effort Kicks Off in House Today

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 8:50 am

Debate begins today on a health care repeal bill in the House, which retains the civil title “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.” In a corollary bill, Republicans will direct to the relevant committees instructions for changing the health care bill and coming up with some other solution to what remains a crisis in [...]

Nancy-Ann DeParle: “There’s an Inherent Tension” Between Health Reform and the Insurance Industry

By: Wednesday September 22, 2010 7:54 am

Yesterday, I looked at the myriad ways in which the insurance industry has already tried to take advantage of the wiggle room in the Affordable Care Act. The lack of meaningful checks on their profit-seeking and the lack of meaningful enforcement in areas where they violate the law seem to make this just an obvious [...]

Insurance Industry Taking Every Possible Advantage of Affordable Care Act

By: Tuesday September 21, 2010 7:25 am

I mentioned this in The Roundup yesterday, but this move from the insurance industry is predictable, but nonetheless takes some gumption. Some of the country’s most prominent health insurance companies have decided to stop offering new child-only plans, rather than comply with rules in the new health-care law that will require such plans to start [...]

Dems Tout New Health Care Provisions; GOP Unsure of How to Repeal, Replace, Defund

By: Monday September 20, 2010 8:25 am

This week will mark the six-month anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, and while you need not go to the local gift shop for a Hallmark card, the date will trigger a series of pieces of the law. Provisions include: • Children can stay on their parents’ plans until they are 26, [...]

The Insurance Industry Goes to War on Health Care Regulations

By: Wednesday March 31, 2010 1:26 pm

We’ve been covering the dangers of a pure regulatory structure to deal with insurance company abuses, rather than competition through a public option, for some time, mostly in real time during the health care debate. It didn’t take the insurance companies more than a few minutes once the Affordable Care Act was passed to dispute [...]

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