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Bad Health Care Bill Puts Administration in No-Win Situation

by James GelfandThis morning's "Newsweak" story by Joel Schectman berates limited benefit health plans (which offer very limited coverage for a very small cost to workers), while also beating up on the Administration. Here is a short excerpt: "This puts the administration in an awkward position as

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Interim-Final or Government Knows Best

Randy Johnson and James Gelfand write on The Daily Caller: Americans have long been fascinated—and often disgusted—by how Congress passes laws. Many citizens became irate when they learned that most members of Congress hadn’t even read the health care bill, which clocked in at about 2,300 pages. S

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Health Care Reform: Kill the Job-Killers

My latest on the National Journal Health Care Experts Blog, in response to the questions "What's Next To Change In The Health Reform Law?" Click through for supporting links. The 1099 paperwork burden needs to go for many reasons - not only will it hurt businesses and cost jobs at a time when we ca

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Digging Up Bad Ideas

// Below is my National Journal Health Experts answer to "Will New 'Public Option' Fare Better?" It's almost as if they want to give the GOP an excuse to make the election even more about health care than it's already going to be... maybe they really do believe that the bill is going to be a net po

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Health Care Reform and The Deficit

Over at the National Journal Meghan McCarthy asks: Should Congress or new authorities created by the law take additional steps to reduce the deficit through policy changes? Should certain provisions be abandoned, even if it means less federal savings? The Congressional Budget Office last week rele

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Health Care Reform: Hard To Keep Your Plan

Over on the National Journal I talk grandfathering: If you are a business, especially a small business already struggling to keep up with the costs of providing health insurance to employees, you want to keep the plan you have – you want it to be grandfathered. Grandfathered plans are exempt from

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Health Care Reform - The Admin Costs

Then: [Reconciliation Bill] SEC. 1005. IMPLEMENTATION FUNDING. (a) IN GENERAL.—There is hereby established a Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund (referred to in this section as the ‘‘Fund’’) within the Department of Health and Human Services to carry out the Patient Protection and Affordab

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Health Care Post-Op: What Businesses Large and Small Need to Know

Today the Chamber held an event, and released this booklet, "focusing on the issues and timeline surrounding businesses complying with the new health care law." C-SPAN was there:

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Aftermath: Managing Plan Costs and Avoiding Penalties Under the New Health Care Law

Now that both the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (PPACA) and the reconciliation “fixer” bill, the “Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act” have been signed into law, employers must take a new look at the offering of health insurance benefits. Yesterday we looked at "To Offer, or

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Aftermath: New Realities for Businesses in the Wake of the Health Care Law

Now that both the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (PPACA) and the reconciliation "fixer" bill, the "Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act" have been signed into law, employers must take a new look at the offering of health insurance benefits. This below is not legal advice, but