Two years after its passage, President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act remains a hot-button issue. Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate as a tax, substantial questions remain: Was "Obamacare" based on a faulty diagnosis of the U.S. health economy? And what would an alternative model of market-based care look like? From fundamental legal arguments to innovative policy solutions to the economic back story you thought you knew, learn more about health reform in America.
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Mark Warshawsky, a well-known expert in retirement finance and a newly appointed commissioner, will explain the implications of a publicly funded long-term care insurance program. Then a panel will debate whether another government program the best way to ensure that families can afford to provide the necessary services for their aging loved ones.
This history of Obamacare’s political origins makes it all the more ironic that Obamacare, from what we now know, should not be considered a “universal coverage” plan, even by the benchmark the administration was using in 2009.
Chilling effect. That's the term lawyers and judges use to describe the result of government actions that deter people from exercising their right of free speech.
The latest mortal threat to Obamacare’s full implementation next January resurfaced last Thursday in the form of a new lawsuit filed in federal district court in the District of Columbia.
After a political rebuke over the form’s length, the Department of Health and Human Services has released a streamlined, three-page version of the application to sign up for Obamacare’s financial subsidies. The rub? The government’s new form is going to be an invitation to fraud and abuse.
Click here to hear Resident Fellow Scott Gottlieb discuss changes to health insurance prices on WAMU's "The Kojo Nnamdi Show" (interview at 29:12).