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Heather R. Higgins: Conservatives: Stop Enabling Obamacare

National Review
Fri, 2015-07-31
Unless conservatives change their strategy soon, history is likely to record them as the unintended enablers of Obamacare’s expansion. Yet another key moment for a turn toward free-market reform is upon us. Will congressional Republicans again pursue a strategy that sounds serious but results in Obamacare’s unimpeded implementation? Or will they try to actually impede the law in real time and make clear to the American people which party is on their side as we approach 2016?
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Philip Klein: Turns out ObamaCare is a Government Takeover

The Washington Examiner
Thu, 2015-07-30
During the legislative debate over the passage of President Obama's healthcare law, supporters of the program were sensitive to any suggestion that it represented a government takeover of the healthcare system.

Michael Cannon: King v. Burwell Expanded Obamacare Even More Than You Know

National Review
Wed, 2015-07-29
In King v. Burwell, Chief Justice John Roberts did the Obama administration a bigger favor than he realized. Writing for a himself and five colleagues, Roberts blessed the administration’s expansion of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, employer mandate, and premium subsidies in the 34 states that refused to establish exchanges — even though the majority, to say nothing of the three dissenters, recognized that expansion was in direct conflict with “the most natural reading of the pertinent statutory phrase.”

Sahil Kapur: Senate Republicans Plan to Repeal Obamacare With 51 Votes

Bloomberg Politics
Tue, 2015-07-28
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell championed a renewed push to bypass a filibuster and repeal Obamacare with 51 votes on Tuesday, he announced in a joint statement with Utah Senator Mike Lee, one of the most conservative Republicans in the chamber.
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Caitlin Owens: The Senate Will Use Reconciliation to Repeal Obamacare AND… Something.

National Journal
Tue, 2015-07-28
After weeks of hemming and hawing on how they're going to use reconciliation, Senate Republicans finally committed on Tuesday to using the budgetary tool to fully repeal Obamacare. But it's what Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not say in a statement released in conjunction with Sen. Mike Lee that leaves room for things to get interesting: He did not say reconciliation would only be used for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
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Brendan Williams: ObamaCare’s Revolving Door

The Hill
Mon, 2015-07-27
Marilyn Tavenner, who spearheaded the fraught Affordable Care Act rollout for the Obama administration, is but the latest ACA insider to cash in. Lobbying for America’s Health Insurance Plans is a natural transition for the former director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Meghan McCarthy: Obamacare, Still In the Spotlight, Gets Slight Bump

Morning Consult
Mon, 2015-07-27
Five years after Obamacare became law, uninsured rates have fallen to historic lows, but attitudes on the Affordable Care Act remain mostly stagnant and entrenched along party lines.

Douglsas Holtz-Eakin: Eakinomics: Health Insurance Merger Mania

The American Action Forum
Mon, 2015-07-27
Health insurance mergers have hit the headlines recently. Aetna and Humana led off by announcing their merger, followed by the agreement by Cigna to be purchased by Anthem. To some, the most notable outcome of these mergers is that they yield two very large insurers, and leave the U.S. with three large health insurers with annual revenues in the $150 billion range. In this populist, “big is bad” era there are already calls for the Justice Department to step in and prevent the mergers. Let’s think this through step by step.

Editorial Board: Don’t Recall the ‘Cadillac Tax’

The Washington Post
Sat, 2015-07-25
FOR FIVE years, Republicans have been trying, unsuccessfully, to repeal Obamacare. But where the GOP has failed, a bipartisan coalition including dozens of Democrats aims to succeed — at least in part. That’s the strange-but-true implication of the new push to repeal the so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-cost employer-paid group health plans.

Megan McArdle: No Wonder Insurers Want to Merge

Bloomberg View
Fri, 2015-07-24
Health care consolidation is not a sexy issue. It's not the sort of thing you want to bring up at a dinner party, unless you've already completely exhausted proposed changes to the local noise ordinances, the weather, and the best way to get from LA to Newport Beach without enduring the 405. And yet, this is a topic you ought to pay attention to, because the mergers creating mega-insurers and mega-providers are going to have a big impact on your life in the near future.

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