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None Dare Call It… | John Goodmans Health Policy Blog | NCPA.org

None Dare Call It… | John Goodmans Health Policy Blog | NCPA.org.

But what threatens the foundations of a free society most of all is when it is the government (and its allies in the private sector) who are doing the attacking, and when the reason there is no response is that the victims of the attacks have been threatened and bullied into silence.

I believe that is where we are today ― not just with respect to health insurance, but with respect to health care generally. I’m afraid other industries are not far behind.

During the debate leading up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, I talked to a number of CEOs of large health insurance companies. I frequently heard such comments as, “Don’t tell anyone I told you this” or, “If you use this information, don’t mention my name” and even, “Don’t tell anyone that we ever had this conversation.”

As far as I can tell, things have gotten worse. In fact I don’t know any employee of any health insurance company that is willing to go on the record with any statement that is critical of the Affordable Care Act.

– See more at: http://healthblog.ncpa.org/none-dare-call-it/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=HA#more-34055

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Why insurance is the wrong model for health care | DIRECT primary CARE JOURNAL

Why insurance is the wrong model for health care | DIRECT primary CARE JOURNAL.

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Popular Provision Of Obamacare Is Fueling Sticker Shock For Some Consumers – Kaiser Health News

Popular Provision Of Obamacare Is Fueling Sticker Shock For Some Consumers – Kaiser Health News.

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Labor Unions May Get Health Law Tax Relief – Kaiser Health News

 

Unions, a key Obama ally, have increasingly criticized the Affordable Care Act as threatening the generous medical plans held by many members.

 

Eliminating the reinsurance fee was one of several resolutions adopted at the AFL-CIO’s September convention, along with giving union plans access to ACA tax credits for lower-income members.

 

In September the White House said the law disallowed health-law tax credits for union members on top of their company insurance. Now the administration seems to be moving toward part — but not all — of what labor wants on the reinsurance fee.

 

While it intends to waive the fee for 2015 and 2016, unions also wanted it scrapped for 2014, when it will be greatest. Taft-Hartley plans are collectively bargained and run jointly by unions and employers to allow workers to move from job to job without losing coverage.

Labor Unions May Get Health Law Tax Relief – Kaiser Health News.