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“Cadillac Tax” Will Initially Have Limited Impact

October 14, 2015

The excise tax on high-cost health plans (or “Cadillac tax”) will initially affect a tiny share of workers and an even tinier share of health plan costs, according to recent estimates by the Treasury Department.  The new estimates are much smaller than other frequently cited...

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Health Policy Experts Issue Statement Supporting Excise Tax on High-Cost Plans

October 1, 2015

A group of 101 prominent health economists and policy analysts — including two Nobel prize winners, four current or past presidents of the American Economic Association, and former officials in both Democratic and Republican administrations — have sent Congress a letter about health reform’s...

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The Excise Tax on High-Cost Health Plans Should Stay

September 29, 2015

The House will soon consider budget reconciliation legislation that includes a provision to repeal health reform’s excise tax on high-cost health plans.

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4 Reasons Why the Netherlands Isn’t a Model for Disability Insurance

September 17, 2015

The Netherlands — where disability reforms have tightened eligibility, trimmed benefits, and imposed greater responsibilities on employers — isn’t a model for Social Security Disability Insurance, according to a...

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Medicare Isn’t Going “Bankrupt”

July 31, 2015

Some politicians continue to claim erroneously that Medicare is running out of money.  House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan asserts that Medicare’s Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund “will go bankrupt in 2030.”  Presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush...

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House Should Not Repeal IPAB and Rescind Prevention Funding

June 23, 2015

The House is expected to vote this afternoon on repealing health reform’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) — a presidentially appointed commission charged with developing ways to slow the growth of Medicare spending.  Repealing IPAB would restrict efforts to contain health care costs and would put Medicare beneficiaries at greater risk of benefit cuts, as we have...

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CBO: Repealing Health Reform Would Increase Deficit

June 19, 2015

Even using "dynamic scoring," which incorporates estimates of how legislation would affect the size of the economy and, in turn, federal revenues and spending, repealing health reform would increase the deficit.

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Repealing Two Health Reform Measures Would Be Unwise

June 17, 2015

The House will soon consider two bills that would repeal health reform’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) and its excise tax on medical devices.  Repealing these provisions would be unwise, as we’ve previously explained.

IPAB is a presidentially appointed commission charged with developing ways to slow the growth of Medicare spending.  Repealing IPAB would cost an estimated $7...

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Repealing Health Reform’s IPAB Would Be Unwise

June 1, 2015

Repealing IPAB would be bad for Medicare's beneficiaries -- and for controlling health care costs. 

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Keep the Medical Device Tax

April 22, 2015

The Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Health Care will hold a hearing tomorrow on the 2.3-percent medical device excise tax that Congress enacted to help pay for health reform.  We recently updated our...

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