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Killing ObamaCare’s Rationing Board

The Wall Street Journal
Wed, 2015-07-01
The Supreme Court has left the ObamaCare demolition job to Republicans, who at least until 2017 will have to chip away at its architecture piecemeal. Last week the House made a good start by voting to kill the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), aka ObamaCare’s rationing board.

Anna Wilde Mathews and Dana Mattioli: New Data Could Affect Health-Insurer Deals

The Wall Street Journal
Wed, 2015-07-01
The federal government’s release of new data on health-insurer payments under the Affordable Care Act is roiling the industry, including potentially affecting the timing of any deal for Humana Inc., as suitors pore over the detailed information disclosed late Tuesday.

Karl Rove: Tell Us Your Health-Care Plans, GOP Hopefuls

The Wall Street Journal
Wed, 2015-07-01
Now more than ever, it is imperative for every Republican presidential candidate to present a concrete plan to replace ObamaCare. The Affordable Care Act remains unpopular: Wednesday’s RealClearPolitics average of polls showed 51.4% disapprove while only 43.6% approve. Voters are more likely to be opposed than are adults overall, and opponents are more fervent than supporters.

Darlene Superville: Obama Aims to Change Conversation Around Health Care Law

The Associated Press
Wed, 2015-07-01
President Barack Obama is aiming to use the momentum from a recent Supreme Court victory for his health care law to change the conversation from talk about undoing his signature domestic achievement to talk about how to improve it.

Grace-Marie Turner: Small Businesses Threatened With $36,500 IRS Fines For Helping Employees With Health Costs

Forbes
Wed, 2015-07-01
Small businesses that reimburse employees for the cost of premiums for individual health insurance policies or pay their health costs directly will be fined up to $36,500 a year per employee under a new Internal Revenue Service regulation that takes effect July 1, 2015.

Peter Sullivan: Five Lingering Threats to ObamaCare

The Hill
Tue, 2015-06-30
The White House’s victory at the Supreme Court last week removed a major threat to ObamaCare that could have rolled back coverage for 6.4 million people. President Obama declared after the ruling that the law has “been woven into the fabric of America,” while allies said the new insurance program and its related policy changes are here to stay.

Dylan Scott: Medicaid Expansion Vexes GOP Governors Running For President

National Journal
Tue, 2015-06-30
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie added his name to the 2016 Republican presidential roster Tuesday, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich is expected to do the same in the next few weeks. Two brash, blunt politicians hoping to capitalize on purple-state bona fides—but both will have to overcome the ultimate apostasy in the GOP primary: their endorsement of Medicaid expansion, one of Obamacare's biggest provisions.

Sarah Ferris: $800M Left Over in ObamaCare Reinsurance Program

The Hill
Tue, 2015-06-30
The federal government announced Tuesday that it has $800 million remaining in its reimbursement fund for health insurers this year, a sign that marketplaces under ObamaCare needed less life support than expected.

Richard Pollock: Failing Obamacare Co-Ops Offer Lavish Executive Pay — And May Violate the Law

The Daily Caller
Tue, 2015-06-30
Taxpayer-funded Obamacare health insurance co-op’s may be running afoul of the law by giving extravagant paychecks to their top executives, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation. More than a million Americans have enrolled in the 23 non-profit Obamacare co-ops since they began in 2011. The co-ops were intended to be consumer-operated non-profits focused on delivering healthcare to the working poor and others needing health insurance.

Dylan Scott: How Far is Obama Willing to Go to Expand Medicaid?

National Journal
Tue, 2015-06-30
President Obama is taking his Medicaid expansion pitch to Tennessee this week to urge Republican officials to expand the low-income insurance program through the Affordable Care Act. Expect more of that. After the law survived its latest potentially devastating legal challenge, Medicaid expansion will be a legacy-defining issue for the president during his last 18 months, one that will determine whether Obamacare achieves its full, desired impact.

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