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June 27, 2017

Senate Adds Waiting Period to ACA Replacement Bill


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The individual mandate has not been effective in convincing healthy people to buy insurance, especially if they don't qualify for subsidies, or have smaller subsidies, experts agree.

"I was never optimistic that was going to work," said Merrill Matthews. "My statement is most major legislation starts out asking what's good policy and ends up asking what's good politics," he said. "We're at the what's good politics now."

June 26, 2017

Californians Love Texas


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The information about Californians moving to Texas confirms what some people already know. "We've been identifying that situation for some time," says Merrill Matthews, PhD, a resident scholar for the Texas-based Institute for Policy Innovation.

June 26, 2017

The Senate Healthcare Bill Is Just 'Obamacare Lite'


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

IPI says that the Senate Republicans’ Health Care Bill Won't Stop the Collapse of the Individual Health Insurance Market. It may be the GOP is willing to sacrifice the individual market in order to achieve the bill’s other important reforms, says IPI's Dr Merrill Mathews in Forbes. The risk is that premiums continue to rise and insurers flee and Democrats, the media and maybe even the public say the Republicans’ “free market” approach didn’t work, so let’s move on to a government-run, single-payer health care system. 

June 22, 2017

Senate Health Care Bill Would Guarantee CSR Payments for Two Years


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The combination of keeping the guaranteed issue and preventing medical underwriting would make the Senate version actuarially unsound, said IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews.

June 16, 2017

Judiciary Committee Advances Amin Nomination

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted Thursday to advance the nomination of White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Vishal Amin to the full Senate. The move also drew praise from BSA|The Software Alliance, the Institute for Policy Innovation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center.

June 16, 2017

House Resolution 1215 - Win-Win or Win-Lose?

“It even overrides state constitutional provisions, that the people of the states have added to their constitutions in order to protect patients and people who are injured by medical negligence,” Conservative writer and public policy consultant Dean Clancy said. Opponents of HR 1215 specifically include the Institute for Policy Innovation, the Taxpayer Protection Alliance and the American Bar Association.

June 16, 2017

D.C. Bill Could Nullify TX Medical Malpractice Laws

Medical malpractice laws in Texas and other states would be nullified under a measure in Congress that could be voted on this week. Opponents of HR 1215 include the Institute for Policy Innovation, the Taxpayer Protection Alliance and the American Bar Association.

June 16, 2017

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Vishal Amin


IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

Vishal Amin has been unanimously approved as White House intellectual property enforcement coordinator (IPEC) by the Senate judiciary committee. IPI welcomed Amin’s confirmation and thanked the Trump administration and Senate judiciary committee for moving the nomination.

June 12, 2017

Proposal in Congress Would Override Texas Medical Malpractice Laws

Medical malpractice laws in Texas and other states would be nullified under a measure in Congress that could be voted on this week. Opponents of HR 1215 include the Institute for Policy Innovation, the Taxpayer Protection Alliance and the American Bar Association.

June 12, 2017

King Measure Under Scrutiny and Criticism

Medical malpractice laws in Iowa and other states would be nullified under a measure in Congress that could be voted on this week. Conservative writer and public policy consultant Dean Clancy says he’s concerned the measure would cancel out any state level malpractice laws. Opponents of HR 1215 include the Institute for Policy Innovation, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and the American Bar Association.

 

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