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June 2011

AP Exclusive: Fuzzy math in health law formula


WASHINGTON (AP) — Older adults of the same age and income with similar medical histories would pay sharply different amounts for private health insurance due to what appears to be an unintended consequence of the new health care law.

Aware of the problem, the administration says it is exploring options to address a potential disparity that could mean added controversy for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The law expands coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people and would require most Americans to carry insurance.

The Accountable Care Fiasco

From: WSJ

The Obama Administration is handing out waivers far and wide for its health-care bill, but behind the scenes the bureaucracy is grinding ahead writing new regulations. The latest example is the rule for Accountable Care Organizations that are supposed to be the crown jewel of cost-saving reform. One problem: The draft rule is so awful that even the models for it say they won’t participate.

COMMUNITY COMMENT: Health care law has consequences Federal takeover will hurt recovery

From: Evansville Courrier & Press


As doctors, we’ve seen personally how the rising costs of health care can place even greater strain on individuals, families and employers.

Year after year the cost of care goes up, leading some patients to neglect the treatments or care they need simply because they cannot afford it.

Employers often face the difficult reality of maintaining coverage for their employees or cutting back their payrolls. Taxpayers, at the state and federal levels, are forced to pay more to fund government health care programs intended to serve those in need.

Race to the Exits, Before the Taxpayer Subsidy Doors Close

From: The Enterprise Blog

By Thomas P. Miller

Television viewers of a certain age will recall a recurring circus manipulation act on their small screens, most notably on the Ed Sullivan show of the 1960s. It involved a person frantically spinning more and more plates and other flat objects on poles, without them ever falling off.

New York State’s Highly Regulated, Highly Priced Health Insurance

From: Reason

Peter Suderman

The New York Daily News reports that one health insurance company is now charging $3,319 each month for an individual premium. Another insurer is charging $8,463 each month for a family plan. Meanwhile, of the 13 HMOs serving New York City in 2004, just seven remain, and the number of people purchasing their own insurance has dropped from roughly 100,000 ten years ago to 13,335. The state’s health insurance market, according to insurers and state officials, has fallen into an “adverse selection death spiral”: rising premiums push out younger and healthier customers at the margins, which leads to a smaller, more expensive insurance pool, which pushes out even more of the young and healthy customers and so on and so forth.