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It’s Constitutional: Now What?

Two weeks after the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act the forecast for the future health insurance landscape is unclear. The media is, unsurprisingly, awash in commentary but for solid background the SCOTUS blog has a down-to-earth summary of the proceedings, and our own Adam Huttler discusses the importance of this victory for the [...]

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Gary Shapiro Does Not Approve of Your Sloth

Fractured Atlas has campaigned tirelessly to make benefits like health insurance available to artists and other creative entrepreneurs. So we couldn’t help but notice this blog post by Gary Shapiro, President of the Consumer Electronics Association, attacking House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for promoting the idea that artists should have access to affordable health insurance.
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Op Ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer

I’ve got an Op Ed in yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer. Here’s the complete text:
America’s artists: Canaries in the health-care mine
America’s two million artists understand what it means to be a worker in the 21st century, independent, untethered, and mostly expected to fend for themselves.
So for them, the number of uninsured Americans isn’t an abstract statistic. It’s [...]

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Tell Obama About the Arts and Health Care

The Obama administration is looking for personal stories about the need for health care reform. This is a great opportunity to ensure that the arts community isn’t left out of this debate.
Remember that not all health care reform proposals are created equal. Some - such as those designed to expand employer-based coverage - would actually [...]

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Federal Regulation of Insurance

My apologies for another wonky health insurance post hot on the heels of the last one, but when there’s a major newspaper op ed on a subject I’ve been ranting about for years I can’t resist…
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Congressman Ed Royce (R., Calif) makes the case for federal regulation of the insurance [...]

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Compare the Presidential Candidates Healthcare Platforms

I realize that I’m a healthcare policy nerd and that most folks find this stuff boring and impenetrable. That’s one reason why organizations like Fractured Atlas are needed; we deal with the esoteric minutia so you don’t have to.
Still, it never hurts to educate yourself, especially with an election coming up. The [...]

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Dismantling Employer-Based Healthcare

It’s not often that events in the auto industry have a major long-term impact on the arts community. However it’s worth taking note of the groundbreaking new contract that GM just signed with the UAW. As this morning’s Wall Street Journal reports:
The labor agreement reached by General Motors Corp. is the most striking [...]

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Massachusetts Healthcare Goes National

The MIT economist, Jonathan Gruber, who consulted on the creation of the Massachusetts healthcare reform plan and who is now working with California on their plan has released a nationalized version of the Massachusetts model.
I’m very impressed with what they’ve been able to pull off politically in Massachusetts, but I do have some serious concerns: [...]

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Health Insurance Intermediaries: Critical Advocates or Middleman Bloat?

There’s little question in my mind that the maelstrom of health care reform proposals we’re suddenly seeing from every corner of the political and business landscape is starting to converge on a two key concepts: 1) universal coverage backed by individual mandates and 2) some kind of public/private hybrid approach that allows the mighty insurance [...]

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