A purported Chinese curse -- “May you live in interesting times” -- seems apt for this current chaotic period of American public policy. (It appears that the quote does not actually have Chinese origins and was simply coined by an English politician in the 1930s to sound sagacious.) As a student (and teacher) of health policy, there is no question that the past year, during which Congress and President Trump tried repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), had high political drama, with fingernail-biting day by day acti
Ending Healthcare Payments: Bursting the Balloon or Just Squeezing It?
President Trump has threatened to cancel federal health insurance payments called “cost-sharing reductions.” He hopes this collapses the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, creating leverage for further repeal negotiations with recalcitrant Senators and Congressmen. However, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that ending these payments would actually increase federal costs by $194 billion over ten years and cause a million people to lose health insurance next year.
Ku’s Study is Focus of Washington Post Story on Economic Impacts from Repealing the ACA
Studies conducted by GW Health Policy and Management Professor Leighton Ku with other HPM staffers are mentioned in a Washington Post “Wonkblog” story published on July 25 while the Senate was debating its amendment for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. “1 million jobs on the line as Senate votes on health care’’ begins by citing Ku’s team finding that America could lose more than 1 million jobs if the Senate votes to repeal the ACA.