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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 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.

July 12, 2017

Why Democrats Should Love Cruz's Health Care Amendment


Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), may have the solution to the health care stalemate—and it just might allow a functioning health insurance market to emerge once again for most people.

July 11, 2017

Price Transparency Is Critical to Drug Pricing Solutions


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Prescription drug costs are a hot political issue, not as much because of the share of the U.S. health care dollar they consume but because consumers pay a larger share of their drug costs out of pocket than they do for other health care.

July 11, 2017

'You Dingbats Can't Go Home Until You Do Your Job'


If the GOP leadership were to postpone or cancel the August recess, members of Congress would have time--and a lot more pressure--to accomplish what they promised they'd do.

July 7, 2017

Ted Cruz & Mike Lee Have An Rx


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

To be clear, this is not the free-market approach that many of us would like, but neither the House nor the Senate has enough votes to return health insurance to a free market, said Merrill Matthews. What Cruz is trying to do is create a situation where the vast majority of people in the individual health-insurance market would have a wide range of affordable health-insurance options — just like they used to before Obamacare.”

 

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