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Policy Perspectives: The Individual Mandate Fight Goes On – This Time, In A Tax Bill

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Opinion writers question the policy rationale, math and impact involved as Congress considers a GOP plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate as part of a Republican tax overhaul proposal. They also examine other health policy issues, including how rising health care costs cut into everyday American’s take-home pay and a program that involves unions and home health workers.

Giant In The Health Policy Landscape Uwe Reinhardt Dies At 80

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Uwe Reinhardt was an economist who helped shape health care deliberations for decades as a prolific contributor to numerous publications, an adviser to White House and congressional policymakers, a member of federal and professional commissions and a consultant and board member, paid and unpaid, for private industry.

Repeal Of ACA Individual Mandate To Be Added To Senate Tax Bill

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Following a renewed push from President Donald Trump and conservative senators, Senate Republicans agree to include a measure repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate to their version of the tax bill.

After Navigators’ Budget Slashed, Consumers Being Directed To Get Help From Private Brokers

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But advocates worry that shifting from a nonprofit model to one where the agent stands to make a commission will ultimately hurt consumers. Meanwhile, a study finds that competition in the Affordable Care Act exchanges has gone down, Democrats seize on health care as a political weapon, and five states ask a judge to halt the rollback of the health law’s birth control mandate.