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For all of the quality care it delivers, the U.S. health care system is one of the most dysfunctional sectors of the U.S. economy.  The government spends nearly 50 cents of every dollar spent on health care, most consumers are almost entirely insulated from the cost of their decisions, and employers decide what kind of health insurance their employees get.

But while the U.S. health care system begs for reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act only exacerbates all of the current problems, promising to devolve into a price-controlled system rationed and micromanaged by bureaucrats.

IPI believes there are much better options: reform the tax treatment of health insurance; remove the state and federal mandates and regulations that make coverage more expensive; pass medical liability reform; and promote policies that create value-conscious shoppers in the health care marketplace.

August 28, 2017

We Might End Up With Single-Payer Healthcare Whether We Like It Or Not


It’s not clear Democrats really want a short-term fix because they increasingly see the collapse of ObamaCare, and the uncertainty swirling around it, as an opportunity, not a failure.

August 22, 2017

The Deadly Descent of Obamacare


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

As the downward spiral quickens, the White House announces it will continue to pay the subsidies and keep Obamacare from crashing until later. Weighing the likely outcome, Merrill Matthews disagrees: “If you’re going to lose anyway, probably best to lose on the side of good policy — and the Constitution — and reject the [subsidy payments].”

August 15, 2017

To Bail or Not to Bail (Obamacare)?


President Trump faces yet another health care dilemma created by President Obama and the Democrats. 

August 11, 2017

Democrats Push Medicare Expansion Because Obamacare Has Failed


Are Democrats now saying their signature legislation has made the problem worse?

August 9, 2017

Reviving Obamacare Repeal By Killing the Health Insurance Tax


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Two weeks after efforts in the Senate to repeal Obamacare were thwarted by a few Republican senators, there is talk of another attempt at taking aim at what is officially called the Affordable Care Act.

August 2, 2017

Obamacare Policy Options: Repair or Wreck


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

While the Republican Party's healthcare proposals languish on Capitol Hill, Matthews says the Trump administration has a golden opportunity to broker a historic healthcare deal with Democratic lawmakers, as long as Donald Trump sits on the sidelines. "If Trump assigns cutting a deal to Mike Pence, he may be able to get it done. Trump seems too volatile."

July 24, 2017

Cruz Plan Allows Obama To Keep His Health Insurance Promise


The Cruz-Lee provision in the Senate health care bill could allow people to return to the policies they once had—and many desperately wanted to keep—before Obamacare effectively outlawed them.

July 21, 2017

If GOP Can't Repeal ACA, Market Stabilization Quick Fixes Are Possible, Observers Say


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

"Probably the best way to stabilize the markets is for states to shift to an invisible high-risk pool, as Alaska and Maine have done," Matthews said. "But it isn't entirely clear how well that works for larger states with multiple carriers. And it isn't clear Republicans will provide any money for that."

July 21, 2017

Coalition Letter Urging the President to End Illegal Obamacare Congressional Exemption


More than 30 national organizations, urge President Donald Trump to end the Obama-era’s illegal Congressional exemption from Obamacare.

July 18, 2017

Lessons from the Republican Health Care Disaster


Republicans said for years they wanted to repeal Obamacare in the worst way—and they did.

 

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