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Accounting for the ACO Backlash By Recounting DRG Fight | California Healthline

June 22, 2011

... ACOs "aren't directed at the entire concept of accountable care" -- where providers assume more responsibility for patient care and costs -- but "rather against this specific regulation," according to Micah Weinberg of the New America Foundation. ...

How Regulation Keeps Health Care Costs Down

  • By
  • Micah Weinberg,
  • New America Foundation
June 2, 2011 |

Californians are struggling to pay their health insurance bills while insurance companies' profits are on the rise. One apparent fix is Assembly Bill 52 authored by Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, that would allow state regulators to reject excessive rate increases. However, the recent experience of Massachusetts suggests that this California bill may not go nearly far enough.

The Economic Impact of Health Reform in Colorado

May 31, 2011

As initial implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begins, questions remain as to what the actual budgetary impacts will be on Colorado families, businesses and on the state.

IN THE STATES: California Health Benefit Exchange Update

May 24, 2011
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The California Health Benefit Exchange held its third meeting today at an auditorium in downtown Sacramento. It was an opportunity for the Exchange staff to update the broader health policy community – many of whom were in attendance or watched the webcast – on progress toward planning the development of this new portal to coverage for the state.  The substantive focus was on integration with existing state programs and systems.

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State Commissioner Seeks Ability To Regulate Health Insurance Rates | Ventura County Star

April 28, 2011

Some critics of the bill, including health care scholar Micah Weinberg of the New America Foundation, argue rate regulation will conflict with implementation of federal health care reform because it will impede the ability of California's new, ...

COST: Medical Innovation and the Affordable Care Act

January 26, 2011

Senior Research Fellow Micah Weinberg recently delivered a talk about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on medical innovation and health care cost containment at the University of Southern California’s new Leonard Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.  He explained that it was much more important for industries engaged in medical innovation to look forward to the next ten years -- in which cost containment will continue to be a major issue -- rather than to focus on the provisions of the ACA that left them largely unscathed.  Attempting to water down the current attempts at controlling costs and improving medical system efficiency, he argued, will only lead to more difficult cost containment decisions in the future. 

Three Most Important Things to Know About Healthcare 'Repeal'

  • By
  • Micah Weinberg,
  • New America Foundation
January 25, 2011 |

The Republican majority has passed a bill out of the House of Representatives to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law last year by President Obama. Though the vote itself is symbolic, the hostility to the law is very real.

Here are the three most important things to understand about the “repeal” effort.

COMMENTARY: Three Most Important Things to Know About Healthcare “Repeal”

January 24, 2011
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This article is cross-posted at newamericamedia.org.

The Republican majority has passed a bill out of the House of Representatives to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law last year by President Obama. Though the vote itself is symbolic, the hostility to the law is very real.

Here are the three most important things to understand about the “repeal” effort.

The repeal ain’t gonna happen...yet. The full-scale repeal bill is extraordinarily unlikely even to come up for a vote in the U.S. Senate as Democrats maintain a majority there.  However, this may no longer be the case after the elections in 2012. If the Republicans gain a majority in the Senate and win the presidency, all bets are off. The major provisions of the bill aren’t implemented until 2014, so there would still be plenty of time for the Republicans to “repeal and replace” much of federal healthcare reform. Between now and then, they will hold a series of oversight hearings and advance small initiatives designed to defund and otherwise handicap the process of implementing the bill.

Ultimate GOP Aim is a Slimmer Health Plan | Boston Globe

January 19, 2011

Micah Weinberg, a health policy specialist at the New America Foundation, a public policy think tank, said Republicans will have a difficult time rolling back the expansion of Medicaid to insure more low-income Americans, and subsidies to help people pay for private insurance — elements that lie at the heart of the law. ...

IN THE STATES: Will Healthcare Reform Kill Jobs? Not in Colorado

January 19, 2011
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The Republicans have named their healthcare bill, "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act." This is very good news. I am henceforth naming prime rib with creamy mashed potatoes a "weight reducing meal."  I am also going to name watching the Sacramento Kings on television "strenuous cardiovascular exercise."

It turns out, of course, you cannot change the nature of something just by changing its name. And many analysts, the New America Foundation included, have concluded that the healthcare reform bill will create jobs, not destroy them.

Economic analysis, though, is an inherently flexible exercise and a great deal depends on one's assumptions.  The claim that we can be certain that healthcare reform eliminates jobs, though, has no justification. It's not an irrational position, but there is vastly stronger justification for the claim that it will create jobs than that it will eliminate them.

The more an analysis drills down into the actual dynamics of local industries and economies, the more accurate it is likely to be.  Recently, we released an in-depth economic analysis of the impact on healthcare reform on the economy of the state of Colorado that we conducted in conjunction with the Center for Colorado's Economic Future (full report here). Our research team on this project was headed up by Dr. Len Nichols, a respected health economist, now the director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics at George Mason University.  This report, funded by the Colorado Trust and the Colorado Health Foundation, projected that reform would both increase economic activity in Colorado and reduce the rate of growth of healthcare costs.

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