Author Archives: Ignatius Bau

Republican Policy Brief: Obamacare Repeal and Replace

Here is the policy brief released today by House and Senate Republicans on how to “repeal and replace Obamacare”, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The plan repeats the promises made by President Donald Trump and Republican Congressional leadership to achieve the … Continue reading

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Trump Health Rule Would Reduce Tax Credits, Raise Costs, For Millions of Moderate-Income Families

This policy brief from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analyzes the proposed rule misleadingly named as “market stabilization” released yesterday. The proposed rule would raise premiums, out-of-pocket costs, or both, for millions of moderate-income families. If finalized as proposed, … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Proposed Rule for ACA “Market Stabilization”

In stunning governmental doublespeak, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued this proposed rule misleadingly named “marketplace stabilization” that will severely narrow access the health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and reduce costs … Continue reading

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Breaking News: Richard Bresser Named as President/CEO of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has named Richard Bresser, MD, as its next President/CEO. Dr. Bresser currently is the chief health and medical editor for ABC News and a former acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among … Continue reading

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University of California Berkeley Labor Center: California’s Projected Economic Losses Under ACA Repeal

This research brief from the University of California Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education estimates the economic losses in California from a repeal or re-funding of the key sections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). An estimated 3.7 million … Continue reading

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Commonwealth Fund: Repealing Federal Health Reform – Economic and Employment Consequences for States

This issue brief from the George Washington University Miliken Institute School of Public Health describes the economic and employment impact of repealing or de-funding the key sections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Based on economic modeling, it is estimated that … Continue reading

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National Immigration Law Center: Federal Guidance on Public Charge

With President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration law and policy issued earlier this week, many immigrants, as well as health and human service providers, are gravely concerned about renewed attacks on immigrant eligibility for public benefits. One of Trump’s executive … Continue reading

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Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

This executive order issued by President Donald Trump focuses on immigration law enforcement activities in the interior, non-border areas of the United States, and has the purpose to “direct executive departments and agencies to employ all lawful means to enforce the … Continue reading

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Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements

On January 25, 2017, President Donald Trump issued two executive orders about federal immigration law and policy.  This executive order focuses on immigration enforcement policies at the U.S.-Mexico border.  Consistent with his campaign pledge, this executive order states that it … Continue reading

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Caps on Federal Medicaid Funding Would Give States Flexibility to Cut, Stymie Innovation

This issue brief from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities describe the impact of changing federal funding provided to states for Medicaid into either block grants or per capita caps, with the explicit intent of reducing federal government spending … Continue reading

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