Tag Archives: Affordable Care Act

Centene rescuing Obamacare as just two US counties still lack insurers for 2018.

The News: Centene Corp. (St. Louis MO) on Tuesday (August 15, 2017) said it will sell Obamacare plans in Nevada’s remaining 14 “bare” counties in 2018. The insurer previously announced… Read more »

Centrists design bipartisan healthcare stabilization plan; reps throw down gauntlet on turf battle with White House.

A coalition of roughly 40 House Republicans and Democrats unveiled a slate of Obamacare fixes last week they hope will gain traction after the Senate’s effort to repeal the law… Read more »

Americans are sicker, die younger while spending the most on health care; what South Korea can teach us.

The News: Typically, the more a developed country spends on health care, the longer its people live. The US, which spends the most on health care, defies that tendency another… Read more »

UnitedHealthcare 2nd quarter sparkles; but time to figure out how Centene, Molina exploit Medicaid?

The News: UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s (Minnetonka MN) second-quarter earnings jumped 11% to beat analysts’ expectations even though the nation’s largest health insurer took a bigger hit than expected from coverage… Read more »

McConnell changes tune on healthcare bill, hints at need for Dems’ input; share the pain maneuver?

The News: Some political policy wonks believe Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking a risk by calling for a bipartisan healthcare plan if the Republican-only bill fails. While his… Read more »

Update: CDC data say docs still making billions from Pharma, med device companies; my personal take.

The News: It’s been a few years since the US government unveiled its Open Payments (OP) database, a collection of drug and device makers’ payments to healthcare providers. The data-collection… Read more »

Trump’s rejoinder to Senate GOP: repeal Obamacare now, replace it later; or just forget the whole thing.

The News: US President Donald Trump urged Republican senators on Friday (June 30, 2017) to repeal Obamacare immediately if they cannot agree on a new healthcare plan to replace it,… Read more »

Universal health care: a “right” or “privilege.” Wrong question, or already settled?

Steve’s Take: Bloomberg’s Ramesh Ponnuru poses the question: “Is there a ‘right’ to healthcare? Our arguments about health policy frequently highlight the question.” He goes on to say that “as… Read more »

CBO clears GOP health bill for Senate; only 23 million to lose coverage this version

The News: A bill to disassemble the Affordable Care Act that passed the House by a razor-thin margin earlier this month would leave 14 million more people uninsured next year than under… Read more »