Assigned Reading: Health Care (Class # 14, Feb. 27)
Read Sallie Thieme Sanford, The Struggle to Bury Pre-Existing Condition Consideration, 7 St. Louis U. J. Health L. & Poly' 405. This short law journal —articlepublished the year the ACA’s key access provisions went into effect—includes information about Washington State’s individual market in the 2000s.
Read a recent newspaper article summarizing the key political and practical issues Congress faces in trying to craft a replacement proposal for the ACA, e.g.:
Law Professor Tim Jost writes frequently for the Health Affairs blog and has a series of posts about the ACA and, more recently, about what the Trump administration and Republican Congress might do regarding health reform. He also writes for the Health Affairs journal. In particular, please read Timothy Stoltzfus Jost,, First Steps of Repeal, Replace, and Repair, Health Affairs, Feb. 2017. [The blog is available to anyone; the journal is UW Restricted.]
The “Empowering Patients First Act” (the bill introduced by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD when he was a representative)
The “A Better Way” proposal (Representative Paul Ryan’s plan).
If a prominent replacement bill is introduced before our class session, it will also be summarized there.
Please compare the portions of these summaries that focus on Medicaid, insurance subsidies, individual mandates, pre-existing condition protections, employer mandates, and insurance coverage requirements. You might also find it helpful to poke around that website for health reform-related information of interest.