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Obamacare 2.0

TCF fellow Harold Pollack argues that Medicaid should be expanded further in an article on Politico about the impacts of Obamacare.

On the ground, the Affordable Care Act is working better than one dared to predict upon its passage. Uninsured rates have declined. Spending growth is far below predicted levels. Quality indicators are improving. Hospitals are reporting sharply reduced rates of uncompensated care. Health insurance marketplaces are offering surprisingly affordable premiums, with dozens of new insurers signing on. The ACA has become a permanent part of the fabric of American life.

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Tags: obamacare, medicaid expansion, medicaid, healthcare costs, health insurance, affordable care act, aca

What’s wrong with the new conservative answer to Obamacare

TCF fellow, Harold Pollack has been quoted in an LA Times article about conservatives' alternatives to Obamacare.

The best sign that conservatives have finally given up their childish campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is that they've been cooking up proposals to keep some of the ACA's most important provisions in place, without fully abandoning Republican nostrums like tort reform.

Most of these proposals are what social policy expert Harold Pollack aptly calls "vaporware" -- schemes designed to show that the GOP has something to offer, but that are essentially unworkable structurally or politically.

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Tags: obamacare, insurance, healthcare reform, healthcare policy, health insurance, affordable care act

What your 1st-grade life says about the rest of it

September 2, 2014 BY: Stefanie A. DeLuca TOPICS: Social Insurance

TCF fellow, Stefanie A. DeLuca has been quoted in a story about social disadvantage on the Wonkblog.

In the beginning, when they knew just where to find everyone, they pulled the children out of their classrooms.

They sat in any quiet corner of the schools they could claim: the sociologists from Johns Hopkins and, one at a time, the excitable first-graders. Monica Jaundoo, whose parents never made it past the eighth grade. Danté Washington, a boy with a temper and a dad who drank too much. Ed Klein, who came from a poor white part of town where his mother sold cocaine.

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Tags: inequality begins at birth, inequality

Fleischer sides with Obama’s pen pushers on inversions

TCF fellow, Edward D. Kleinbard has been quoted in a Politico article about the corporate tax rate. 

The former JCT chief of staff and University of Southern California law professor weighs in on Corporate America's argument that the 35 percent corporate tax rate is driving U.S. firms to offshore havens, in a paper that will soon appear in Tax Notes.

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Tags: tax rules, tax inversions, corporate taxes, corporate

Kentucky Show Why We Fought for the ACA

TCF fellow, Harold Pollack, has written a blog for the Washington Monthly about the Affordable Care Act. 

This pre-post map of Kentucky health insurance coverage puts a lump in my throat.

This is what we fought for ACA, and what we will eventually achieve when low-income red states eventually embrace the Medicaid expansion.

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Tags: healthcare system, healthcare reform, healthcare, health insurance, affordable care act

Could This Chicago Program Be The Answer To Insuring The Mentally Ill?

TCF fellow, Harold Pollack, has been quoted in a PBS article about a mental health pilot program.

Just outside Chicago’s city limits in Oak Park, Ill., Ruthie Anderson finally has a place that feels like home.

Her sun-filled, one-bedroom apartment is sparely furnished — the walls are mostly blank, and there’s just a table and four chairs outside the kitchen and an easy chair in the living room. But it’s a place where the 59-year-old mother of seven can finally spend time with her ten grandchildren.

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Tags: mental health, health insurance

 

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