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Health Care Financing Reform: (42) The House Bill's Public Option – Negotiated Rates or the "5% Solution"

October 21, 2009

     Brian Beuter of Talking Points Memo reported last night that after receiving an encouraging preliminary report from the Congressional Budget Office, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is moving ahead on H.R. 3200, the "America's Affodable Health Choices Act."  This post contains information about the House bill.

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Health Care Financing Reform: (38) AHIP Strategy – In a Box

October 16, 2009

     The health insurance lobbying arm AHIP takes a pretty reasonable position with respect to reforming how we pay for health care.  However, the concessions that the industry has already made may harm its ability to oppose the reform bills being considered by Congress. 

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Health Care Financing Reform: (37) Harry Reid's Next Step

October 15, 2009

     Now that the Baucus bill has passed the Finance Committee, what's next?  Harry Reid has some tough decisions to make.

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Health Care Financing Reform: (36) Baucus Bill Passes Finance Committee / The CBO Estimate

October 14, 2009

     Yesterday, by a vote of 14-9, the Senate Finance Committee passed the Baucus bill, the America's Healthy Future Act.  This posting discusses the political line-up behind the bill and the CBO estimate regarding the cost of the bill to the federal government.

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Health Care Financing Reform: (35) AHIP Reports on Health Insurance Costs

October 13, 2009

     In 2008 America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the industry association for private health insurance companies, issued a report on the causes of rising health care costs and confirming that the cost of health insurance has been increasing and is expected to continue to increase at a rate about double the cost of inflation.  On [...]

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Health Care Financing Reform: (31) Senate Finance Committee Approves Limited Public Option

October 2, 2009

     The Senate Finance Committee narrowly approved a publicly-supported health insurance plan yesterday.  The plan would be open to individuals who are not on Medicaid and who earn between 133% and 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.  More below.

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Health Care Financing Reform: (29) Coverage Requirements and Actuarial Value of Policies under the Baucus Bill

September 30, 2009

     Under the Baucus bill, how much coverage would health insurance policies have to provide?

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Health Care Financing Reform: (22) Improving Competition in the Market for Health Insurance

September 23, 2009

     The principal mechanism that the proposed health care legislation utilizes to broaden coverage and to bring down the cost of medical care is to increase competition in the market for health insurance.  In this respect the Baucus bill is woefully deficient in three respects.  The most important wrangling over the bill will involve changes to [...]

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Health Care Financing Reform: (21) Changes to the Baucus Plan

September 22, 2009

     Senator Max Baucus' bill is the now the focus of the health care debate, principally because it appears that Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) is leaning towards supporting it.  The bill is undergoing substantial revision as it moves towards a vote in the Senate Finance Committee. 

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Health Care Financing Reform: (19) The Baucus Bill

September 17, 2009

     On Wednesday Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) unveiled his long-awaited "compromise bill" on health care financing reform.  Below the fold are links to the bill and people's reaction to it.  I will analyze the bill and compare it to other proposals Monday.

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