Big promises. Big problems. The Affordable Care Act's rocky rollout has exposed deep fault lines in American health care that go beyond malfunctioning website code. From basic questions of coverage to complex federal court cases, many aspects of the sweeping reform remain unsettled. What's gone wrong? Can it be fixed? And where do we go from here? AEI scholars are following the latest developments, offering candid analysis and original research.
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The graph below illustrates data we developed on the doctor networks found in the Obamacare health plans versus comparable private health plans.
Unfortunately, the initial Burr-Coburn-Hatch proposal primarily reveals the limits of most conservative health policy thinking and the bounds of conventional politics. It thus falls short of what is needed to reverse the downward drift of our overregulated, oversubsidized, and overpoliticized health care system.
The Obama Administration’s seemingly imminent decision to give small businesses at least one more year to conform their health insurance plans to new federal rules is a wise if not predictable gesture. But it doesn’t come without costs. Insurance premiums will rise in 2015 to reflect the price of this latest revision.
Has President Obama's claim that families will see premiums drop by $2,500 materialized now that the parts of the law the president decided not to delay for partisan political purposes are in full effect? Was it a reasonable claim to make at the time? Let’s have a look at the evidence.
The “opportunity agenda” was supposed to be the signature initiative of President Obama’s second term. But recent data suggest his administration is waging a war on opportunity instead.
Two of the White House's biggest initiatives—health care reform and raising the minimum wage—will both result in fewer workers, according to Washington's budget oracles. Should you care?