The Takeaway: Why Replace Is So Hard

As the timeline for an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill continues to slip, many writers have written some variant of the idea that technical challenges with how to repeal the Individual Responsibility Requirement (IRR) without undermining the ban on...

Director's Corner: When Words Collide - Same Words, Very Different Meanings for Consumer-Centric Lexicon

For example, think about consumer or patient engagement, something we promote and implement in our work here at the Center. Our vision for consumer engagement regards patients as active partners in their care

Biting back – why it’s important to protect your oral health care

On January 30, 26-year-old Vadim Kondratyuk of California, a father to two small children, died from a dental infection that spread to his blood and his lungs. Tragically, Vadim is not alone. Each year, millions of people go without treatment...

The Takeaway: Same Old Snake Oil In A New Bottle

While the change is a welcome testament to the success of the resistance to date, it does not reflect any change in purpose on the part of most Republicans in Congress.

Recent Victories and Forward Momentum: February is a Key Time for Action

In the wake of Republican efforts to unwind the Affordable Care Act while failing to coalesce around a replacement plan, consumers are increasingly concerned that they will lose the coverage and protections they have gained since passage of the ACA....

The Replacement Charade Begins: Collins, Cassidy and Paul release “plans” to repeal and replace ACA

Republicans recently introduced two bills to “replace” the Affordable Care Act – one co-authored by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and another by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). Neither bill has been endorsed by Republican congressional leadership and...

States Face Immense Budget Impacts If the Affordable Care Act Is Repealed

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the uninsured rate in the United States declined to 8.6 percent in the first quarter of 2016, the lowest level on record.

The Takeaway: With Friends Like These...

Congressional Republicans and President Trump seem to delight in spinning colorful metaphors to describe the Affordable Care Act (ACA), from a collapsing bridge to a traffic accident.

Beware of Block Grants: Along With ACA Defense, We Need to Protect Medicaid Too

Kellyanne Conway signaled the new administration’s desire to convert funding for the Medicaid program to block grants to states, with the assertion that doing so would mean "those closest to the people in need will be administering the program."