Posted on October 18, 2011 by scjustice
Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and other conservatives have long favored replacing the current healthcare system. (Riccardo S. Savi, WireImage / October 18, 2011)
Seeing a chance to regain power next year, GOP activists are making sure they’re ready to act on a full rollback of President Obama’s overhaul.
By Noam N. Levey
8:45 PM PDT, October 17, 2011
Washington, D.C. – Republican activists, increasingly optimistic they can win the White House and Senate next year, are beginning to lay the groundwork for a multi-pronged campaign in 2013 to roll back President Obama’s sweeping healthcare overhaul.
The push includes an effort to pressure Republican candidates to commit to using every available tool to fully repeal the law, a tactic pioneered by conservative activist Grover Norquist, who made an anti-tax pledge de rigeur for GOP politicians.
Other conservative healthcare experts are developing an alternative to the law, an effort that could protect Republicans from past critiques that their healthcare plans left tens of millions of Americans without medical coverage.
“The window for action comes and goes,” said Tom Miller, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, one of several conservative groups involved in the effort. “We need to be ready.”
None of the leading Republican presidential candidates has offered a healthcare plan. And conservative experts think the GOP needs a strategy to quickly dismantle the current law and replace it before all Americans are guaranteed insurance coverage under the law.
Some activists are so concerned that Republicans will miss their chance that they are trying to lock GOP candidates into using a controversial parliamentary tactic known as budget reconciliation to circumvent Senate Democratic opposition to repeal. (more…)
Filed under: Affordable Care Act | Tagged: American Enterprise Institute, GOP, Grover Norquist, Healthcare Leadership Council, healthcare reform, Heritage Foundation, James Capretta, Michael Needham, Obama, Paul D. Ryan, repeal, Republicans, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Tom Miller | Leave a Comment »
Posted on July 28, 2011 by scjustice
Seniors listen to a round table discussion on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.
By BRETT NORMAN | 7/28/11 8:36 AM EDT
The Affordable Care Act will drive health care spending up slightly, to nearly a fifth of the country’s gross domestic product by 2020, while extending insurance coverage to 30 million more Americans, a new report from CMS projects.
But health care’s hefty share of the country’s economic output is reached through an average annual growth in medical spending of 5.8 percent over the next decade — just 0.1 percent more than would have been spent without the health reform law, the report claims.
CMS published its findings this morning in Health Affairs. The report also projects that once all the data are in, health spending in 2010 will have grown a historically low 3.9 percent — slightly lower than the previous record low growth of 4 percent in 2009.
That’s an aftershock of the recession, which cost millions of people their jobs and, consequently, their health insurance, slowing medical spending. (more…)
Filed under: Health Care Law Implementation, In the news | Tagged: Affordable Care Act, American Enterprise Institute, CLASS long-term care program, CMS Projects, Health Affairs, Joseph Antos, Nancy-Ann Deparle, Rick Foster, Sustainable Growth Rate formula | Leave a Comment »
Posted on June 22, 2011 by scjustice
From The New York Times:
Douglas Holtz-Eakin headed a group of 105 economists opposed to the ACA
The debate over the effects of the federal health care law on employer-provided insurance has been intensifying in recent weeks, with controversial polls and consultants contradicting one another about whether employees will benefit or lose coverage by 2014.
Douglas Holtz-Eakin headed a group of 105 economists opposed to the Affordable Care Act.
After nearly two weeks of widespread queries and criticisms, McKinsey & Company, the management consulting firm, posted on Monday the questionnaire and methodology of an online survey it had released that was denounced by the White House and others for contending that nearly a third of employers would definitely or probably drop coverage for employees when provisions of the health care law took effect in 2014. (more…)
Filed under: Health Care Law Implementation, In the news | Tagged: Affordable Care Act, American Enterprise Institute, California, Census Bureau, Colorado, Congressional Budget Office, Department of Health and Human Services, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Gerry Harkins, health insurance exchange, Ipsos, John Arensmeyer, John McCain, Joseph Antos, Linda J. Blumberg, Maryland, Max Baucus, McKinsey & Company, Nancy-Ann Deparle, National Federation of Independent Business, Senate Finance Committee, Small Business Majority, Southern Pan Services, Urban Institute, West Virginia | Leave a Comment »