In Part IV of our blog series, Very Opaque to Slightly Transparent: Shedding Light on the Future of Healthcare, we discussed a few post-inauguration developments with respect to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  In this Part V, we provide a brief overview of some of the key provisions of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the latest in the ongoing saga of the ACA’s future.

On March 6, 2017, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan unveiled his much anticipated ACA “repeal and replace” bill, the AHCA. Although it is currently undergoing markup in the House of Representatives, and thus is subject to change even in the immediate future, it is worth considering some of the legislation’s core features, as they establish a general framework within which a successful repeal and replace effort may operate.  For example, in its current draft form, the AHCA includes various key components, including those set forth in the following abridged list:


Continue Reading Part V: A Brief Overview of the American Health Care Act

In Parts I-III of our blog series, Very Opaque to Slightly Transparent: Shedding Light on the Future of Healthcare, we considered the healthcare landscape before implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and explored potential market outcomes under partial repeal and potential “repeal and replace” scenarios.  Although we are just a couple weeks into the Trump Presidency, we have already seen a number of ACA-related developments.
Continue Reading Part V: The ACA, Post-Inauguration

One thing that has become clear since the election of Donald Trump last week is that efforts to repeal or amend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be a high priority legislative item for next year’s Congress and the incoming Administration. But to have a better grasp of what the future of health care might look like under the Trump Administration, it is important to understand how the current healthcare landscape came to be. This first post in our blog series, Very Opaque to Slightly Transparent: Shedding Light on the Future of Healthcare, takes us on a brief stroll down memory lane of how and why the ACA became enacted, and how it has helped lead to the developments and trends we have seen in the healthcare industry.
Continue Reading Part I: How We Got Here: President Obama to Obamacare to President-elect Trump

In a November 14, 2016 Forbes article entitled, “Under Trump, Americans Can Finally Put ObamaCare Behind Us,” Sally Pipes wrote, “ObamaCare in a full-on ‘death spiral,’ voters were clearly in no mood for Clinton’s plan to ‘build on’ the president’s healthcare law. Instead, they chose a president who has said that his first order of business following President Trump’s inauguration on January 20, will be to ‘ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of ObamaCare.’”  Notwithstanding Ms. Pipes confidence in a full repeal, in a Wall Street Journal article dated November 11, 2016, “Donald Trump, in Exclusive Interview, Tells WSJ He Is Willing to Keep Parts of Obama Health Law” by Monica Langley and Gerard Baker, Mr. President-elect Donald Trump said that he favors keeping the ObamaCare provisions which prohibit insurers from denying coverage because of existing conditions and which allows parents to provide additional years of  coverage for children on their insurance policies.  “I like those very much,” Mr. Trump is reported as saying.
Continue Reading Very Opaque to Slightly Transparent: Shedding Light on the Future of Healthcare