Interview with Charles Grassley

On Thursday afternoon, I caught up with Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), who is one of the more influential members of the Senate when it comes to health care issues.  As Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, Grassley was influential in passing numerous health care bills including the Medicare Prescription Benefit and others.…

Handicapping the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is expected to deliver “the decision of the century” next week.  Many expect the individual mandate piece to be found unconstitutional.  Others, including myself, believe the majority of the law will be upheld.  So what does that mean for state governments, employers, and you?  Check out my appearance on the 1110 KFAB…

Rest Your Eyes

The health reform legislation has been pushed onto the back-burner recently.  Not to worry as action will pick up significantly when the Supreme Court issues its decision on whether or not the individual mandate, among other components, are unconstitutional.  The end of June cannot get here soon enough for many policy wonks and those in the business community who have…

Why is the Law so Unpopular?

There is no question the law does a lot of good things for several key groups, but public opinion remains skeptical about the complicated Affordable Care Act. Many people have not read the bill, including the members of Congress who passed it. Uncertainty about compliance is troublesome to businesses, who fear expansion because many of…

More on Essential Benefits

One important section of the Affordable Care Act is section 1302, which sets standards for essential benefits.  Essential benefits are the benefits that all companies intending to use health insurance exchanges, must provide.  While this provision is important to the overall goal of providing access to affordable and quality health care, it is very general,…

2014: Emma, the Employee

This is the third in a series of health reform scenarios designed to illustrate what the changes might look like with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare. Each scenario presents a snapshot from a patient, healthcare, or business point of view. This scenario in particular, addresses recent headlines.  It coincides with…

Question of the Week

What if the Supreme Court overturns the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), does this mean Obamacare is over?  The individual mandate is a critical piece of the law, but it is highly controversial.  Many feel that the mandate is necessary to hold the coverage pieces in place, because the Obama health reform…

Drop it Like it’s Hot

The debate over the Affordable Care Act will be heating up, once more information comes out about the numerous unintended consequences created by this legislation, particularly regarding new government rules and regulations.  We have seen political firestorms and Supreme Court arguments thus far, but pretty soon our insurance coverage could be in serious jeopardy. Should health care costs…

Michael the Millennial

Michael is considered a member of the Millennial generation (see previous column), and at 25 years old is unhappy that he has not met his goals of career and family. Raised to believe that a college education would lead to the American dream, Michael graduated from college with honors and pursued a graduate degree, until…