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When Public Servants Become 'Public Serpents'

Soon after the presidential election Washington Post reporter Lisa Rein wrote: “President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are drawing up plans to take on the government bureaucracy they have long railed against, by eroding job protections and grinding down benefits that federal workers have received for a generation.” …

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Senate Adds Waiting Period to ACA Replacement Bill

By Mara Lee The Senate revised its Affordable Care Act replacement on Monday in an effort to replicate the effects of the individual mandate.Starting in 2019, people who try to buy a healthcare insurance policy during open enrollment, or because of a life-qualifying event, will …

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Californians Love Texas

In what may be a response to California’s attorney general having a ban on state-funded travel to Texas, the attorney general of Texas has released his assessment of the recent Texas Relocation Report, a study by the Texas Association of Realtors. In the report, Texas ranked …

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The Senate Healthcare Bill Is Just 'Obamacare Lite'

By Barbara Obstoj-Cardwell The big news last week came from the USA, when the Senate eventually released Republican proposals for the reform of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, with what is now dubbed the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which has further increased debate on …

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GOP May Sacrifice Individual Health Insurance For Broader Reforms

A number of positive things can be said about the Senate Republicans’ health care bill, but “stopping the collapse of the individual health insurance market” isn’t one. The first draft of the Senate bill retains several of what Democrats like to call “consumer protections,” by which Democrats …

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Anthem Exits Indiana, Wisconsin Obamacare Exchanges

DALLAS – Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) resident scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews issued the following statement regarding Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield pulling out of nearly all of the Affordable Care Act markets in Indiana and Wisconsin for 2018. “Today, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield announced it will join …

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Senate Health Care Bill Would Guarantee CSR Payments for Two Years

By Frank Klimko A U.S. Senate draft bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would address one of the insurance industry’s gravest concerns by authorizing funding to pay for the cost-sharing reduction program for the next two years. “We appreciate the Senate has funded the …

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National Health Care Policy Analyst Available to Discuss Senate's Obamacare Replacement Bill

DALLAS— Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) resident scholar Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized health policy expert available for insight and commentary regarding the Senate version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as it is unveiled later this week and what the legislation means …

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Supporting Obamacare Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

Democrats, and only Democrats, gave us the political and health care disaster that is known as Obamacare. In a better world they would admit their mistakes, apologize and offer to work with Republicans who are trying to fix this mess.  But this is not a …

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The Wrong Approach to the Border Adjusted Tax

Comprehensive tax reform is hard enough for Congress, since every issue has vested interests that might gain or lose. But it’s become even more complicated this go round, because tax reformers in the House have included an idea that seemed new and unfamiliar to many: …

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