Health Care Reform consists of two separate laws, the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), Pub.L. 111-148 (March 23, 2010), and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HCERA), Pub. L. 111-152 (March 30, 2010). The laws often are collectively referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  "The Employment Situation." Economic News Release. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm.  For a comparison of the various deficit reduction proposals, see, Kaiser Family Foundation, Comparison of Medicare Provisions in Deficit Reduction Proposals (January 2011), http://www.kff.org/medicare/upload/8124.pdf.  "Preliminary Analysis of the President’s Budget for 2012," March 18, 2011, http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=12103.  Even before enactment of health care reform, experts argued that lowering spending growth in Medicare is only possible if lower spending growth is reflected in the private sector. Gail Wilensky, "The Challenge of Medicare," in Restoring Fiscal Sanity 2007: The Health Spending Challenge, Brookings Institution Press, 2007.  Congressional Budget Office, H.R. 2, Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. Feb 18, 2011, available at: http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=12069  "2010 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds," August 5, 2010, https://www.cms.gov/ReportsTrustFunds/downloads/tr2010.pdf.  PPACA §§ 3601, 3602.  Douglas W. Elmendorf, Director, Congressional Budget Office, Letter to the Honorable Paul D. Ryan, November 17, 2010, http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/119xx/doc11966/11-17-Rivlin-Ryan_Preliminary_Analysis.pdf; Paul N. Van de Water, Ryan-Rivlin Plan Would End Guaranteed Medicare, Shift Medicaid Costs To States And Beneficiaries(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, March 17, 2011), http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3429.  Ryan-Rivlin Plan Would End Guaranteed Medicare, Shift Medicaid Costs to States and Beneficiaries, supra.  Ibid.  PPACA §§ 3203,3301, 3315 4103, 4104, HCERA § 1101,amending 42 U.S.C. §§1395l(a)(1), 1395w-22(a)(1)(B); and adding 42 U.S.C. §1395w-114A.  Alice Rivlin and Paul Ryan, A Long-Term Plan for Medicare and Medicaid, November 17, 2010, available at http://paulryan.house.gov/UploadedFiles/rivlinryan.pdf  Medicare Payment Advisory Committee, Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy, Chapter 8 (March 2011) http://www.medpac.gov/documents/Mar11_EntireReport.pdf.  Report of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, The Moment of Truth, December 2010.  Ryan-Rivlin Plan Would End Guaranteed Medicare, Shift Medicaid Costs to States and Beneficiaries, supra.  PPACA §§ 3308, 3402, amending 42 U.S.C. §§ 1395r(i), 1395w-113(a).  Center for American Progress, "Higher Tolls on the Roadmap", February 15, 2011, available at http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/02/ryan_roadmap.html.  HCERA §§ 1102, amending 42 U.S.C. §1395w-23.  PPACA, §§ 6401-6411, HCERA § 1304.  Congressional Budget Office, H.R. 2, Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, supra.  PPACA §§ 3001-3015.  PPACA §§ 3021, 3022, adding 42 U.S.C §§ 1315a, 1395jjj.  PPACA § 2602, adding 42 U.S.C. § 1315b.  PPACA §§ 3302, 3303,amending 42 U.S.C. §§ 1395w-114(a),(b).  Edwin Park, Matt Broaddus, Medicaid Block Grant Would Shift Financial Risks and Costs to States, (Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, February 23, 2011) http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3409.
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San Jose Mercury News: Barbara Lee Bill Would Push States To Roll Back Criminal HIV Laws California and other states would be pressured to amend or repeal criminal laws that single out HIV-positive people under a bipartisan bill co-authored and introduced this week by Rep. Barbara Lee. Lee, D-Oakland, said 32 states and two U.S. territories have laws that criminalize exposing another person to HIV even if the virus isn’t actually transmitted. And 36 states have reported at least 350 cases in recent years in which HIV-positive people have been arrested or prosecuted for consensual sex, biting and spitting, according to the Center for HIV Law and Policy (Richmond, 5/9).
GOP Again Tries to Take Away Health Care From Millions of Seniors, Women and Families
Make it more expensive to get preventive care. Preventive health services are now provided without co-pays in all new private insurance plans and through Medicare. These benefits include an expanded list of preventive health services for women, from domestic violence counseling to contraception. More than 71 million Americans have already benefited from the full range of these services. Repeal would restore co-payments and increase out-of-pocket costs for everyone.
Fact Check:Will Increased Longevity Bring Down Medicare?
The customary formulation of this myth is that Medicare is doomed by its own success in keeping its beneficiaries alive. Not only will the ranks of the program’s beneficiaries increase as the vaunted baby boom generation reaches the statutory age of eligibility, but because people are staying alive longer, Medicare’s costs will explode. The first part of this contention is indisputably true: entitlement to Medicare occurs when a person reaches age sixty-five, and the baby boom generation that is generally calibrated as starting in 1946 has arrived at that threshold. As a result, additional Medicare beneficiaries enter that program every day, and because the baby boom generation dwarfs any preceding age cohort, it is highly likely that more beneficiaries will be added to the program than are lost as older beneficiaries pass away. Consequently, the number of Medicare beneficiaries will inexorably increase over the next decade or so. Ceteris paribus, more beneficiaries mean higher aggregate costs.
Nationalized health care would have saved Medicare an extra $34.1 billion in 2012, say advocates
“We’ve long known that Medicare has been paying private insurers more than if their enrollees had stayed in traditional fee-for-service Medicare, but no one had added up the total extra cost to the taxpayer since contracting with private insurers began 27 years ago,” said Hellander, lead author of the study. “Nor has anyone systematically examined the many ways that private insurers have gamed the system to maximize their bottom line at taxpayers’ expense. In 2012 alone, private insurers are being overpaid $34.1 billion, or $2,526 per Medicare Advantage enrollee.”
Medicare Advantage – or DISAdvantage?
Following a 20-year career as a corporate insurance executive, Wendell Potter left his position as head of communications for Cigna in 2008 to advocate for comprehensive health care reform. He is now an analyst at the The Center for Public Integrity and president of Wendell Potter Consulting. He has also served as a consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. His book, Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans, was awarded the Ridenhour Book Prize for “outstanding work of social significance” in 2011. Previously, he wrote A helping hand for Marsha Blackburn and Want to fix health care? Watch this movie. for the Health Insurance Resource Center Blog.
Study Takes on the Myth of Medicare Cost Shifting
Contrary to the theory, I found that hospital markets with relatively slow growth in Medicare inpatient hospital payment rates also had relatively slow growth in private hospital payment rates during 1995–2009. Using regression analyses, I found that a 10 percent reduction in Medicare payment rates led to an estimated reduction in private payment rates of 3 percent or 8 percent, depending on the statistical model used.
In attack on health reform, Republicans target Medicare advisory board
Rockefeller argued that politics needed to be taken out of the equation when it comes to setting Medicare payments to providers. So he and others proposed a 15-member board of health care experts, appointed by the President for six-year terms, which is required to recommend Medicare spending reductions if costs exceed fiscal targets set out in the health care reform law. Its first report to Congress is due in 2014.
Progressives Suddenly Support Health Insurance Marketing
One of the many claims that progressives made was that because private health insurance was for profit, then the denial of claims went directly to profit. This argument was was invalid for several reasons. 1) health insurance companies have strong disincentives against denial of valid claims due to threat of suit, whereas, government death panels have sovereign immunity from suit. 2) The easiest way to increase Health insurance companies profits is to increase market share. With more market share, they are able to spread the risk and they are better able to dictate prices in markets. Same as hospitals are better able to dictate prices in markets where the hospital chain has greater market share. If the health insurance company begins to deny claims, especially in the group plans, the agents and large employers in a market begin to seek alternative plans.