Twenty states sue federal government, seeking end to Obamacare

The individual mandate was previously justified as a tax. Without the penalty as a part of the new tax code, there is no longer a tax so the mandate is being challenged.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare/twenty-states-sue-federal-government-seeking-end-to-obamacare-idUSKCN1GB06R

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Cato Handbook for Policymakers (8th Edition)

A long list of policy positions and explanations that will give candidates ideas to use for their own positions.

https://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/serials/files/cato-handbook-policymakers/2017/2/cato-handbook-for-policymakers-8th-edition_1.pdf

Washington health insurance market in flux

According to data from the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner, premiums are slated to increase in 2018 by roughly 34 percent, up from a 14 percent hike in 2017 and negligible changes in 2016 and 2015.

SB 6084 would establish a state-level individual mandate to replace the now-repealed federal version. As written, the legislation would exempt certain demographics, such as members of Native American tribes and undocumented immigrants.

SB 6062, which was requested by Commissioner Kreidler, would institute a state reinsurance program for healthcare providers who cover high-cost people. The legislation would take advantage of federal waivers established through the Affordable Care Act to finance the insurer reimbursements.

www.kirklandreporter.com/northwest/washington-health-insurance-market-in-flux/

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Administrative Overhead in Healthcare is Growing

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“Surprisingly, 10 of the 16 non-doctor workers are purely administrative and management staff, receptionists and information clerks, and office clerks. The problem with all of the non-doctor labor is that most of it is not primarily associated with delivering better patient outcomes or lowering costs.”

https://hbr.org/2013/09/the-downside-of-health-care-job-growth

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For the first time, more Americans say 2010 health care law has had a positive than negative impact on U.S.

Today, more Americans say the 2010 health care overhaul has had a mostly positive than mostly negative effect on the country (44% versus 35%), while 14% say it has not had much effect.

Overall support for the health care law also has grown since last year. Currently, 56% of the public approves of the law while 38% disapproves, according to a new national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Nov. 29-Dec. 4. The law drew majority approval for the first time in February, when 54% expressed support for it.

Today, about as many say its effect on them and their families has been mostly positive (28%) as say mostly negative (24%); nearly half (48%) say it has not had much personal effect.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/12/11/for-the-first-time-more-americans-say-2010-health-care-law-has-had-a-positive-than-negative-impact-on-u-s/

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