America’s Healthcare Challenge 2

Episode two of America’s Healthcare Challenge has reaction to the decision of the century from the Senior United States Senator from Iowa, Charles Grassley.  On Thursday, June 28th, the Supreme Court ruled the individual mandate constitutional as enforced through the tax code.  A political firestorm has ensued.  What does that mean to you and your…

Decision of the Century

Thursday, June 28th was a big day in American history.  In case you are just joining us, the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, is Constitutional.  The curve ball  of the day was the fact that the individual mandate was deemed unconstitutional under the commerce clause, but it survived as a…

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,…