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How Does the Health Reform Legislation Affect Self-Insured Plans?

Analysis of the application of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to self-insured plans must begin with section 1562 of the Act, which adds section 715 to ERISA and section 9815 to the Internal Revenue Code. These provisions state that all of the provisions of Part A of Title XXVII of the Public Health […]

Gearing up for the Long Aftermath of Health Reform

Post by Christina S. Ho Senior Fellow and Project Director of the China Health Law Initiative O’Neill Institute The passage of universal health care, or (near-universal health care in this case), as Obama proclaimed, finally affirms in principle that as a society, we owe some security to one another against the life-and-death risks that can […]

Immigrants and Reform: An Interview with Kara Ryan, the National Council of La Raza

Kara Ryan is a research analyst at the Health Policy Project of the National Council of La Raza. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with her on March 22. Kara Ryan: We were excited for the House to pass the health reform bill last night. Lester Feder: Well, let me ask you about that, because […]

Atlas Shrugged—So Did Wall Street

The following post is one I’m afraid I’ll look back on and say, “What was I thinking?”! At a time when the right wing is in high dudgeon and many states, with Tea Party encouragement, are essentially fomenting massive civil disobedience against the health insurance reform legislation, I’m making a more positive (albeit contrarian) argument […]

Deem and Pass

The latest constitutional dust-up over health care reform concerns whether the dDeem-and-pass rule proposed by Congresswoman Slaughter for passing the Senate bill though the House is constitutional. The problem, for anyone who has not been following the health care reform battle minute by minute, is that a lot of House members hate the Senate bill […]

The Need for Health Care Regulatory Reform

The current health care regulatory system is a mess. Whatever its stated objectives, there is little evidence that it improves quality of care, provides cost-effective benefits to the public, or is a rational way of monitoring health care delivery. With the prospect of enacting significant reforms of the health insurance system and providing access for […]

Obama’s Concessions

In previous posts, I have directed most of my ire about the failure to enact health insurance reform legislation at the democrats. After all, they have a commanding majority and should be held accountable for the failure to enact their legislative agenda. But it’s time to redress the imbalance and at least note that the […]

Who Killed Health Care Reform? The 2009-2010 Version

Several years ago, I wrote a satirical article called “Who Killed Managed Care: A Policy Whodunit.” I identified the usual suspects, insurers, anti-managed care advocates, physicians, attorneys, etc., and concluded that the cause of managed care’s demise was self-immolation. Sadly, since I’m a strong proponent of serious health care reform, it looks increasingly as though […]

Could Health Reform Create “A Litigation Explosion”?

Nothing apparently excites the readers of the Wall Street Journal more than a threatened “litigation explosion.” Perhaps this is because so many of their readers are lawyers. It was only a matter of time, therefore, before they published an opinion column ominously titled, “Health-Care Reform Could Create a Litigation Explosion.” (See the February 11 issue, […]

How to Finish up Health Care Reform: There is Only One Way

The way forward for health care reform at this moment seems rather murky, indeed, one might say grim. Both the House and the Senate had adopted reform legislation prior to Christmas and the game plan going into January was to try to work out an informal agreement between House and Senate leadership that could be […]