Nicole Fisher


Posts by Nicole Fisher (page 5)

  • The Joe Biden of Health Reform?

      The last two weeks I have written about Joel Ario, head of the Health Insurance Exchange within the US DHHS and his comments on health reform insurance exchanges.  For further follow-up, here’s a little nugget that the White House couldn’t have been thrilled with,  “[If] the Exchanges work pretty well,…
    Nicole Fisher, April 4, 2011
  • I Love Being Right (Especially About Health Reform)

    In a letter issued today, Joel Ario, head of the Health Insurance Exchange office within the US DHHS, admitted what I said weeks ago about the possibility of employers under ERISA dumping their employees into health insurance exchanges. The letter was issued after similar comments by Joel Ario…
    Nicole Fisher, March 29, 2011
  • Health Care Freedom and Public Opinion

    Although many people are wary of political polling, a lot can be ascertained about the public’s general feelings toward ideas, situations, and legislation. And, while many are right in their skepticism, good polling does exist as an art form, perfected over many years by experts from many fields. Moreover, when…
    Nicole Fisher, March 29, 2011
  • Undermining PPACA Lawsuit Efforts

    It doesn’t matter what Governors or state legislators call it (health reform, ObamaCare, PPACA) or whether they even support the federal reform of health care. What does matter is that so many of them are undermining their state’s stance on the issue and don’t even realize it. States that are…
    Nicole Fisher, March 25, 2011
  • What’s in the Numbers?

    I’ve been asked many times about the discrepancy in reported and published numbers presented by agencies such as the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). People want to know, for example, how one day federal health reform is reported to save the US money and the next day cost billions. Unfortunately…
    Nicole Fisher, March 22, 2011
  • Health Care Compacts: Making State Exchanges Unnecessary?

    Many state legislators are wary of setting up state-based health insurance exchanges, as they should be. However, a new option has become available and being talked about with greater frequency: The Health Care Compact. Health care compacts are interstate compacts, or agreements between states, that allow states to take federal…
    Nicole Fisher, March 21, 2011
  • No One Likes Getting Dumped

    Representative Verla Insko, a former Health Program Administrator, asked during a recent Health and Human Services committee meeting how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) would be impacted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).  What came after was a series of uncomfortable looks from House and…
    Nicole Fisher, March 20, 2011
  • The Art of Talking Around Medicaid and Transparency

    This morning Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, met with the US Senate Finance Committee. At that time she was asked to address many issues pertaining to PPACA and Fiscal Year 2012. You can watch the entire video here.   As always, Secretary Sebelius managed to talk for…
    Nicole Fisher, March 16, 2011