Archive for the 'Healthcare Reform' Category

Mar 23 2010

Can the Federal Government Make You Buy Health Insurance?

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A version of this post was published in the Delaware News Journal on Sunday, March 21, 2010.            Certainly states can make you buy car insurance. But states and the federal government are treated differently under our Constitution. The Constitution enumerates certain powers for the federal government, and then reserves the rest for the states and […]

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Mar 01 2010

How Does Congress Do It?

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By Alan E. Garfield As President Obama tries to jump start health care reform this week, it is worth revisiting an issue that has been looming in the background: Where does Congress get the power to require individuals to obtain health insurance? Most of us learned in grade school that the federal government is a […]

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Dec 30 2009

China Hand

Prof. Michele Forzley recently represented Widener at a healthcare symposium in China.  She posts: Forzley China Blog post December 15, 2009 China is in the midst of a massive health reform with a proposed budget of some 124 billion dollars.  As with many countries including the US low rates of access, the high cost of […]

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Dec 19 2009

Coverage Limits Redux

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So the fix provided by the proposed new Senate Amendment to its Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Act”) with respect to annual insurance coverage limits (see my December 13 blog entry) is to retain the notion of allowing annual limits, but only “restricted annual limits” where “essential health benefits” (as defined in the Act […]

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Dec 13 2009

Reasonable Coverage Limits

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CNN, Associated Press and others are now focusing on language in the Senate’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to the effect that the vaunted provisions of the House bill prohibiting lifetime and annual caps on health insurance coverage have been revised in the Senate version with respect to annual caps: The Senate bill would […]

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Nov 24 2009

Crossing Lines

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At an address recently given at Widener, Princeton Professor Paul Starr made the point that the health reform plans currently being promoted by House and Senate Democrats are essentially the plans that were proposed in the past by Presidents Nixon, Reagan and Bush I. Contemporary Democrats have in effect compromised with a Republican party that […]

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Nov 23 2009

Evidence-Based Medicine and Legal Liability

With reference to the recommendations for breast cancer screening released last week by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (a non-governmental, independent panel of physicians and scientists), and for that matter with reference to the guidelines for Pap tests coincidentally released a few days later by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (also non-governmental), […]

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Nov 10 2009

Public Option: Size Matters

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Keep this in mind when you hear opponents of the House healthcare reform bill protest that it would constitute a government take-over of our healthcare system: the Congressional Budget Office and the Kaiser Foundation estimate that a public plan would enroll only 2% of Americans. To put this in perspective, about 15% of the US […]

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Nov 09 2009

Abortion and Healthcare Reform

By John Culhane Nov 7, 2009 (and also available on his blog: http://wordinedgewise.org/) As I write this, the House of Representatives has just approved, 220-215, the vast health care reform bill that has bubbled on the hot stove for much of the year. But before doing so, the Democratic leadership caved to the pro-life members […]

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Oct 28 2009

Repeal McCarran-Ferguson?

As you may recall, on the eve of the approval in concept of the America’s Healthy Future Act by the Senate Finance Committee on October 13, PricewaterhouseCoopers released a study funded by America’s Health Insurance Plans that suggested the net effect of the Senate bill would likely be a dramatic increase in insurance premiums.  In […]

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