Graham-Cassidy Proposal Would Eliminate 345,000 Jobs in U.S. by 2026

A new analysis of the Graham-Cassidy legislation suggests that it would trigger the loss of 345,000 jobs by the year 2026.

Cuts to Aid and Advertising Related to ACA Discussed in Major News Publications

The implications of yesterday’s announcement of severe cuts to funds that help Americans sign up for health coverage and learn about the insurances’ availability were discussed in articles in the Washington Post, the New York Times, as well as some more specialized publications including a Health Affairs blog.  

NEJM Analyzes Public Opinion Polls on the Future of the ACA

The New England Journal of Medicine published an analysis of 27 national opinion polls by 12 survey organizations on the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) led by Robert Blendon who serves as senior associate dean for Policy Translation and Leadership Development at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  By looking at the average of recent polls, the research team offered a framework for viewing how the public as a whole saw the issues in this most recent debate.

ACA Helped Reduce Disparities in Health Insurance Coverage, Commonwealth Fund Analysis Finds

An analysis by the Commonwealth Fund "shows that the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance coverage provisions have helped the U.S. make progress toward ensuring that everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity, has access to the health care they need," says Pamela Riley, M.D.  She is the organization’s vice president for delivery system reform and a coauthor of the report.

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.