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Monthly Archives: October 2009

“We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us.”

Mark makes some excellent points, particularly regarding the limited benefits likely to be derived from removing health insurers’ antitrust exemption. Although health insurers are convenient targets for expressing dissatisfaction with the health care delivery system (indeed, I’ve taken my share of pot-shots), reforming health insurance markets is simply one aspect of a much more intractable […]

Connector Conundrums: An Interview With Jamie Katz

Jamie Katz is general counsel to the Massachusetts Connector. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with him on October 23rd about lessons Massachusetts’ exchange offers for national health reform legislation. Lester Feder: One of the questions for federal lawmakers is how much authority they give to the exchange or exchanges. Has that been challenged in […]

Do We Need More Competition Among Insurers?

All the talk about repealing insurers’ antitrust exemption and creating a public plan to compete with them raises the question: what will more competition among health insurers really accomplish? Recall that competition among hospitals often increases rather than reduces prices. Can insurer competition work better that that, or than it does now? One key is […]

Some Progress on Procedural Protections

In my post of September 27, I raised the issue of the absence of procedural protections in the proposed health reform legislation. The Senate Finance Committee America’s Healthy Future Act shows some progress on these issues. Section 2225(e) of the bill obligates the states to require insurers who offer plans through the exchanges to provide […]

More Legal Issues Raised by Health Insurance Exchange Legislation

The following is part of a memorandum on legal and policy issues raised by health insurance exchanges, which will be presented at the O’Neill Center’s Legal Issues in Health Care Reform conference on Monday, October 26. The full paper from which it is taken is available here. In my last post, I discussed the constitutional […]

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