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MICHAEL F. CANNON, CATO INSTITUTE President Trump has nominated Alex Azar to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. Azar will appear tomorrow for questioning before (and sermonizing by) members of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Here are 14 questions I would ask Azar at his...
MICHAEL F. CANNON, CATO INSTITUTE Yesterday, I posted “Five Questions I Will Use to Evaluate the Phantom Senate Health Care Bill.” The phantom bill took corporeal form today when Senate Republicans released the text of the “Better Care Reconciliation Act.” So how does the Senate bill fare with regard to my...
In 2013, Nelson Admitted He Didn’t Know if the ACA Offered Subsidies in Federal Exchanges MICHAEL F. CANNON, CATO INSTITUTE The plaintiffs in King v. Burwell claim the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act only offers premium subsidies, as the statute says, “through an Exchange established by the State.” Members of...
MICHAEL F. CANNON, CATO INSTITUTE Vox’s Sarah Kliff reports that Harvard University’s Theda Skocpol has produced a study purporting to show Congress intended for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to authorize health-insurance subsidies through exchanges established by the federal government—even though the statute expressly and repeatedly says those subsidies are available only...
MICHAEL F. CANNON, CATO INSTITUTE As an irony junkie, this New York Times article on the outrage among Harvard’s faculty that they should face greater cost-sharing in their health benefits – and the incredulity of Harvard’s health economists at their colleagues’ reactions – is one of the most wonderful things I...