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Rubio’s Health Plan Is a Fresh Breeze

As the starting gate loads for the large field of 2016 presidential candidates in the Republican party, there has not been much differentiation thus far in what the leading contenders have said about health policy.

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CBO Says ACA Will Insure Fewer People Than Predicted

The Congressional Budget Office’s new report shows updated cost projections for the insurance coverage expansion in the Affordable Care Act. With the debate over the ACA remaining so intensely polarized, advocates moved aggressively to spin this routine update as reflecting favorably on the law.

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How to Handle Victory in King v. Burwell

A Supreme Court ruling on King v. Burwell in favor of the plaintiffs would force Congress and President Obama to the negotiating table. Besides passing legislation that allows already-promised subsides to remain, this could be used as an opportunity to return flexibility and state control to health insurance markets.

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A Post-King Bridge to Somewhere Better

As we approach oral argument this week at the Supreme Court in the King v. Burwell case, a series of policy reversals is presumed to immediately produce a devastating cascade of premium spikes, policy cancellations, insurer exits, unpaid hospital bills, and millions of newly uninsured Americans. However, the formulaic, knee-jerk forecast of a death spiral throughout the individual and small-group insurance markets is exaggerated for political effect and built on linear projections of static and unrealistic assumptions. 

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Millions of Americans in Danger of Losing Key Obamacare Tax Subsidy

On March 4 the U.S. Supreme Court will hear King v. Burwell, the case challenging health insurance-premium subsidies for those who buy their insurance on the 37 federal exchanges.

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Mindless Yes, Austerity No: The Real Budget Problem

As long as spending growth in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the ACA continues unabated, we can expect the share of national resources devoted to other federal government priorities to continue to decline. As former President Clinton might say, “it’s arithmetic.”

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A New Fix for Obamacare

If the Supreme Court decides that the Affordable Care Act means what it says — that subsidies are available only if a state establishes its own exchange — then President Obama’s signature legislative initiative would be significantly weakened in two-thirds of the states. Fortunately, there is a way out, one that President Obama, forced by the court to the negotiating table, might be willing to accept. 

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Three Economic Priorities for 2015

In 2014, the stock market reached record highs, GDP continued to grow, and the unemployment rate declined. The New Year offers many challenges and opportunities for U.S. policymakers to speed economic growth. Here are three priorities to help the economy improve on 2014’s performance. 

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Three Ways the Government Criminalizes Economic Activity

“Although many politicians say they support economic growth, the federal government goes out of its way to criminalize broad ranges of economic activity. It’s as simple as this: A person or a company wants to provide a good or a service, and Uncle Sam says no.”

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Gruber and Barro Are Wrong to Assume the Public is Stupid

A ton of virtual ink has been spilled over Obama Administration advisor Jonathan Gruber’s admission that he and others intentionally misportrayed the effects of the Affordable Care Act to facilitate its passage. Here I want to explain how Gruber’s characterizations of the “stupidity of the American voter,” as well as subsequent comments by Josh Barro, are incorrect on the substance.

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