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How good is the Obamacare good news after year two?

Friday, March 27, 2015, 6:00 AM
The White House has reported that after the second year of open enrollment in Obamacare as many as 16.4 million people have signed up on the federal and state exchanges. They cite 14.1 million individuals who have signed up on the exchanges themselves and 2.3 million children under 26 who were added... Read more

The Supreme Court can force the essential debate on the ACA

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 6:00 AM
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of King v. Burwell. Intervention by the Court results from a challenge to a ruling by the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit that upheld IRS regulations extending subsidies to people enrolled in Obamacare through federal insurance exchanges.... Read more

Gruber me a Bronze plan

Friday, November 21, 2014, 11:23 AM
Jonathan Gruber, the now infamous professor from MIT, famously said at a Wharton academic conference that the lack of transparency and the stupidity of the American people were essential to passing Obamacare. Such is the origin of the Bronze plan. The key feature of the Bronze plan is its low premium... Read more

People do what you incent them to do

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:00 AM
The U.S. spends almost twice as much per capita on healthcare as the average developed country. Healthcare spending is 17 percent of our nation’s economy and is expected to rise sharply. Other countries typically spend between 9-10%. We have a health care spending problem. It threatens the economic... Read more

So how good is the good news on Obamacare and jobs?

Monday, August 18, 2014, 6:00 AM
The most recent Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index survey found that the percentage of those without health insurance in the U.S. has fallen to 13.4%. The unemployment rate in July fell to 6.2%. However, looking inside these numbers tells a somewhat different story. Gallup’s findings of the... Read more

Obamacare: Lingering uncertainty will prove costly in 2015

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 6:00 AM
Generally, markets in any industry do not like uncertainty and ambiguity. The general human reaction to vague circumstances is to protect against possible downsides. So it is with Obamacare. We are in a period of high uncertainty and ambiguity. This ambiguity will be further fueled by the political... Read more

Obamacare: Pain but No Gain in Driving Down Uninsured

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 6:00 AM
President Obama in a speech to Congress in September 2009, stated that the central goal of the Accountable Care Act (aka Obamacare), is extending health care coverage to the “…more than 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage.” Yet here we are less than two weeks away... Read more

Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid policy: working together to make our hospitals economically fragile

Friday, January 17, 2014, 6:00 AM
The economic condition of U.S. hospitals is more tenuous than private sector businesses. Citi Healthcare Investment Banking Group reports that hospital operating margins are 2 to 3.8%. These margins are very low when compared to target profits for commercial enterprises. Three factors will further... Read more

Obamacare's Unspoken Intentions Likely to Bring Host of Unfavorable Results

Monday, November 11, 2013, 6:00 AM
We are one month into the official roll out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is quickly becoming clear that the ACA has explicit policies, and the Obama Administration has unspoken intentions that will produce unforeseen consequences for our healthcare system and could have broad societal implications... Read more
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Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Professor, School of Law & Drexel School of Public Health
Jeffrey Brenner, MD Founder of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Medical Director of the Urban Health Institute at Cooper University Healthcare
Andy Carter President & CEO, The Hospital & Healthsystem Assoc. of Pa.
Robert B. Doherty Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs & Public Policy American College of Physicians
David Grande, MD, MPA Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Tine Hansen-Turton Chief Strategy Officer of Public Health Management Corporation
Drew A. Harris, DPM, MPH Director of Health Policy Program at the Jefferson School of Population Health
Antoinette Kraus Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network
Laval Miller-Wilson Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project
David B. Nash, MD, MBA Founding Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health
Mark V. Pauly, Ph.D. Professor of Health Care Management, Business Economics and Public Policy at The Wharton School
Howard J. Peterson, MHA Managing Partner of TRG Healthcare, a national healthcare consulting firm
Paula L. Stillman, MD, MBA Healthcare consultant with special expertise in population health and disease management
Elizabeth A. W. Williams Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer for Independence Blue Cross
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