Category Archives: Health care

An extensive menu of Obamacare changes

The IRS’s illegal distribution of Obamacare subsidies to federal health insurance exchange policyholders in 36 states is just one of many unilateral changes made to the plain text of the federal health law.  The Galen Institute has updated the law’s ever-growing list of significant changes (some are legal, while most are not). Click here toContinue Reading

New at Carolina Journal Online: Special Medicaid session?

At CJ Online, Dan Way reports that the House earlier today unanimously rejected the Senate’s proposed Medicaid reforms. Leaders in both chambers continue to say Medicaid needs to be fixed, lending credence to rumors that the General Assembly will adjourn for several weeks or months and return to deal with the tax-funded health insurance programContinue Reading

Block grants, tax credits among the best reforms for N.C. Medicaid

As state legislators continue to haggle over reform of North Carolina’s Medicaid program, a new John Locke Foundation report explains how fundamental changes in the funding system would improve Medicaid. That includes converting the federal portion of Medicaid into an annual block grant and using tax credits to help healthier Medicaid patients purchase private healthContinue Reading

Obamacare enrollment not that impressive, according to Heritage expert

Ed Haislmaier of the Heritage Foundation explains for National Review Online readers why he’s not that impressed by enrollment numbers associated with the Affordable Care Act. On May 1, outgoing health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius triumphantly reported that 8 million people had picked a plan through the exchanges during open enrollment. Yet, sinceContinue Reading

Opportunities for Obamacare fraud

You don’t believe that a recent Government Accountability Office report on fake enrollments for Obamacare subsidies represents a big deal? Jillian Kay Melchior of National Review Online offers some expert assessments that might change your mind. “Any time there is a government program where government money is flowing to someone or something, it can presentContinue Reading

Who’s going to end up paying the ‘Cadillac tax’?

Alex Adrianson asks that question in an entry for the Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online” blog. The so-called “Cadillac tax,” a tax on high-cost health insurance, is supposed to discourage the kind of overly generous first-dollar coverage that encourages too much health care consumption. That tax was deferred until 2018, but Roger Stark reports that privateContinue Reading

And he called it … a ‘speak-o’

Jonathan “The Architect” Gruber has an explanation for, um, bizarrely and totally accidentally validating the entire premise of Halbig back in 2012 before those awful libertarians happened upon it. I honestly don’t remember why I said that. I was speaking off-the-cuff. It was just a mistake. People make mistakes. Congress made a mistake drafting theContinue Reading

‘Essentially a typo,’ R.I.P.

The initial self-serving lie — “The judges’ ruling rests on what is essentially a typo in the lengthy health care law” — about Halbig has been put to rest. Right, it had already been put to rest, but new revelations are throwing heaping shovelfuls of dirt on the grave. See Katherine Restrepo’s post today forContinue Reading