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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

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

Slipping Through The System: Are Mentally Ill Americans Getting Adequate Health Care?

TCF fellow, Harold Pollack, talks to NPR about the importance of helping vulnerable people navigate healthcare reform.

Gail Davis is 52-years-old and lives on Chicago’s South Side. Every day she prepares lunch for her 82-year-old mother who suffered a stroke and is now stricken with dementia. Gail is her mom’s primary caregiver — yet Gail herself has struggled for decades with mental illness...

...Harold Pollack is a public health researcher, also at the University of Chicago — he’s an expert on the national health care reform law — and a supporter of it. He says Gail’s difficulties show how important it is to help vulnerable people navigate healthcare reform.

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Tags: mental health, healthcare reform, health insurance

No, the Halbig case isn’t going to destroy Obamacare

TCF fellow, Harold Pollack, is quoted in Ezra Klein's article on Vox about the Halbig case.

The Halbig case could destroy Obamacare. But it won't. The Supreme Court simply isn't going to rip insurance from tens of millions of people in order to teach Congress a lesson about grammar.

As Adrianna McIntyre explains, the Halbig case holds that Obamacare's subsidies are illegal in the 36 states where the federal government runs (or partly runs) the exchange. The plaintiffs rely on an unclearly worded sentence in the law to argue that Congress never intended to provide subsidies in federally-run exchanges and so the subsidies that are currently being provided in those 36 states are illegal and need to stop immediately.

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Tags: obamacare, healthcare exchanges, healthcare


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