One of the more interesting television commercials I see is an ad sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The message: if you have cancer, we want you. Welcome to a small glimpse of how the market for health care might be different. If we had a genuinely free market for health care, ads like…

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In an interview aired Wednesday, President Trump said that his overriding legislative priority is to pass health care reform, but he won’t wait indefinitely to turn his attention to overhauling the nation’s tax code. Trump told the Fox Business Network, “We’re going to have a phenomenal tax reform, but I have to do health care…

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Rep. Mark Meadows intends to deliver an Obamacare repeal and replacement plan to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Tuesday that would leave in place the existing law’s mandates for insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions. “What I’m getting to him is based on conversations that I’ve had with (Tuesday Group co-chairman) Tom MacArthur…

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On April 6, the House Rules Committee discussed an amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that would allocate $15 billion over 10 years to be used to develop an invisible high-risk pool (IHRP)—a risk-sharing mechanism meant to alleviate issues caused by the uneven distribution of health care costs. In a marketplace with some form…

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The Trump administration says it is willing to continue paying subsidies to health insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act even though House Republicans say the payments are illegal because Congress never authorized them. The statement sends a small but potentially significant signal to insurers, encouraging them to stay in the market. The future of…

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Here is something you can take to the bank. If Republicans can’t produce an alternative to Obamacare that solves the real problems of ordinary people, they will never be able to pass a health reform bill. But if they do solve problems, they will have no trouble getting support — even from Democrats. That means…

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Republicans left Washington on Friday without a health-care deal, despite renewed negotiations after last month’s fiasco and a burst of White House diplomacy. Perhaps the two-week recess will be a cooling-off period and we hope the House’s factions can agree on a deal. If they can’t, then at least we’ll learn who’s responsible for defeat.…

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House Republicans continue to work toward a health care deal but are currently in a holding pattern as they await further details from the Trump administration on proposed changes to the bill. “We don’t have bill text or an agreement yet,” Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters after meeting with the GOP conference Tuesday morning. He…

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One of the ill-fated bill’s greatest weaknesses was that it did not have a unifying purpose or goal. Was it about access or coverage? Cost or quality? Individual choice or collective responsibility? The answer was, effectively, a bit of each, due to congressional negotiations and the president’s pre-inauguration pronouncements. Canadian F.H. Buckley caused a maelstrom…

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A second major health-insurer has decided to quit selling individual policies in Iowa, raising fears that tens of thousands of Iowans will have no options for coverage next year. Aetna informed Iowa regulators Thursday that it had decided to stop selling such policies, which cover people who lack access to employer-provided coverage or government plans. The…

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