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Emily Egan, American Action Forum
Wed, 2011-11-02

"What the Supreme Court will focus on, what it will decide, and whether or not a portion of the law can be severed from the act is open to debate. Importantly, the Supreme Court will be able to decide which lower court decisions to review. They are not required to look at all of the cases or every issue in each case. Central questions exist regarding standing, the individual mandate, the employer mandate and state Medicaid expansion. Furthermore, if the individual mandate is deemed unconstitutional, will it render the entire health reform law void- or can the mandate simply be severed from the law?"

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, House Testimony
Thu, 2011-10-27

"Marriage penalties from taxes in general and from the new healthcare law in particular fall into two categories, disincentives to marry and disincentives to work. Lower-income individuals will be primarily affected by the interaction between government-provided health insurance credits and the poverty line, and upper-income married taxpayers will face earnings losses due to increases in the Medicare tax on earned and unearned income."

Charles Blahous, e21: Economic Policies for the 21st Century
Mon, 2011-10-24

"Had it not been for CLASS, health care reform would have been scored as a net budget positive in the first five years of the ten-year window and a net negative in the later five years – that is, when it was fully in effect. The Orszag-DeParle claim of a positive long-term impact would have hinged entirely upon unquantifiable savings claims in the second decade and beyond, and on a thin $8 billion (1% of the bill’s 10-yr cost) plus in 2019 alone -- after a net minus in each of 2016-2018.."

Karlyn Bowman & Andrew Rugg, American Enterprise Institute
Wed, 2011-10-12

"How have attitudes about health care changed since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? This 'AEI Special Report: Health Care Polls' examines the evidence and compares the poll results."

James Sherk, The Heritage Foundation
Tue, 2011-10-11

"President Obama’s health care law requires employers to offer health benefits to full-time employees. This employer mandate will price many unskilled workers out of full-time employment. After paying the new health premiums, the minimum wage, payroll taxes, and unemployment insurance taxes, hiring a full-time worker will cost employers at least $10.03 per hour. Full-time workers with family health plans will cost $13.75 per hour. Employers who hire workers with productivity below these rates will lose money. Businesses employing less skilled workers will probably respond by dumping their employees onto the federally subsidized health care exchanges and replacing full-time positions with part-time jobs."

Douglas Holtz-Eakin and James C. Capretta, American Action Forum
Tue, 2011-10-11

"There is growing concern that the substantial infrastructure necessary for successful implementation of the PPACA’s primary provisions will not be ready by 2014. Moreover, there are serious legal challenges to the law still pending. Finally, significant political disagreements exist over the merits of many PPACA provisions; these are likely to be debated extensively in the 2012 election season. Consequently, there is growing interest in delaying further implementation of the law until the operational, legal, and political concerns can be settled. In this short note, we explore the budgetary implications of delaying the implementation of the PPACA for 2, 3, and 4 years."

Aon Hewitt Report
Thu, 2011-10-06

"Overall, PPACA is anticipated to increase costs by an average of 1.5% in 2011 across the surveyed health plans. Other surveys have offered similar cost estimates. However, it is important to understand that these averages cannot be easily extrapolated to any particular health insurance policy or across different lines of business... Overall, for 2011 health plans reported estimated increases due to PPACA of 4.7% for individual policies, 1.5% for small group plans, and 0.8% for large group plans on a weighted average basis. These impacts are additive to the other trend components discussed previously."

Diana Furchtgott-Roth & Harold Furchtgott-Roth, AdvaMed
Wed, 2011-09-07

"One provision of the new healthcare law is a 2.3% excise tax on the medical device industry which will take effect in 2013. This study estimates the potential effect of the device tax on employment in the medical device industry. The study finds that the tax could reduce employment in the industry by cutting back on the demand for medical devices and by encouraging American firms to shift production overseas."

John S. Hoff, The Heritage Foundation
Wed, 2011-08-10

"CMS’s effort, launched by Obamacare, to use the leverage of Medicare reimbursement to impose and control a favored model of health care delivery is bound to fail, but only after increasing the angst of providers and patients and dissipating large amounts of resources—money, time, and brainpower. It blocks the development of other ideas for reforming health care delivery. However, changes in the proposed regulations to fix the anomalies and problems discussed above, and numerous other provisions like them not discussed here, would not be sufficient to rescue the scheme. The Shared Savings Program and its ACOs are fatally flawed by the overweening assumptions embedded in the PPACA itself."

Ranking Member Report, United State Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Tue, 2011-08-02

"The survey found passage of the new health care law prompted health insurance carriers to stop selling new child-only health plans in many states. Of the 50 states, 17 reported that there are currently no carriers selling childonly health plans to new enrollees. Thirty-nine states indicated at least one insurance carrier exited the child-only market following enactment of the new health care laws. Accordingly, child-only health insurance access and competition in the market have declined significantly since passage of the Act."

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