Updates | The Week of May 8, 2017
Extensive commentary continued on the American Health Care Act. Senators condemned HHS Secretary Tom Price for closing off agency communication with Congress.
Healthcare Reform Part V: Don’t Forget About HHS
Waivers granted by HHS are critical to the design of the Republican healthcare legislation and may have a huge effect on how it works in practice. Here's a preliminary analysis of how HHS Secretary Tom Price is likely to exercise his discretion with respect to waivers.
The Michigan Morsel
To corral some last-minute votes, the House leadership has endorsed the Upton amendment to the American Health Care Act. That’s a shame: the amendment works at cross-purposes with other parts of the AHCA, is arbitrarily structured, and is ambiguous on a key point. It’s another example of the perils of doing health policy on the fly.
Health Care Reform Part IV: A Reminder that What We Do Matters
The House will vote today on the American Health Care Act. Yet amendments to the bill were published only last night, there has been no updated score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and no public hearings have been held. This is not an appropriate process.
Updates | The Week of April 24, 2017
The House delayed a vote on a revised healthcare bill, denying President Trump a 100-day win. The House Freedom Caucus, which opposed President Trump's earlier plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, now supports a more conservative version of the bill.
Updates | The Week of April 17, 2017
Proposed amendments to an updated Republican health care bill have been circulating, prompting legal scholars and advocates to push back on specific elements.
Updates | The Week of April 10, 2017
Despite the failure of the proposed American Health Care Act, the Trump administration and congressional Republicans continue to discuss plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Trump administration continues to consider the possibility of withholding insurer subsidies.
Health Care Reform Part I: “Nobody Knew That Health Care Could Be So Complicated”
The GOP health care bill would result in millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions losing their insurance. Statements by Trump to the contrary just aren't true. Whether he doesn't understand his own plan or is misrepresenting it, Trump has an obligation to be honest about what he has proposed for the nation's health care system.
What Happens Next for the ACA?
President Trump has said that “the best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode,” and there’s a lot he can do to make that explosion a reality. Here is what you need to know about what might come next.
Reliance Defenses in the Trump Era and Beyond
The transition to President Trump has massively shifted federal enforcement priorities. Does the Constitution protect people who relied on Obama's immigration, healthcare, or marijuana policies?
Confusion Over The Essential Health Benefits
Last night, House Republicans released the text of the final manager’s amendment to the American Health Care Act. If it becomes law, the individual insurance market will likely collapse nationwide in 2018.
Health Care Reform Part II: Real Trumpcare Versus Unicorn Trumpcare
There are important differences between the *real* GOP healthcare bill and the *imaginary* healthcare bill that President Trump has described in interviews. Those differences may affect insurance coverage for millions of Americans and the price of insurance for many more.
Updates | The Week of March 20, 2017
As the President and Speaker attempted unsuccessfully to glue together a coalition to pass their Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement plan, Take Care contributors examined its constitutionality in reference to arguments made against the ACA and looked at the consequences of the administration’s indecision on health policy.
Updates | The Week of March 27, 2017
Last week saw the demise of Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But this week saw concerns that the Trump Administration could nonetheless cause the ACA to implode. On Take Care, Nick Bagley and Rachel Sachs analyzed this possibility.