While health care has largely been eclipsed in national media, significant policy decisions are happening in states, like Idaho, that may fundamentally alter the insurance landscape everywhere. Governor Butch Otter is quickly moving to expand Idaho’s Medicaid program and alter its insurance exchange ostensibly to lessen skyrocketing premiums. The governor’s plan, now being considered in Idaho’s state legislature, would restructure the current eligibility for the state’s health insurance exchange to allow childless working adults to buy subsidized health insurance on the marketplaces while moving the state's sickest adults onto Medicaid.
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Matthew Kandrach is President of CASE – Consumer Action for a Strong Economy.
Though President Trump has yet to give our nation’s onerous regulatory state a nickname, he’s nonetheless making good on his promise to eliminate the scourge of regulation that for decades has been a consistent fork in the eye of economic opportunity and growth. Unfortunately, the task is monumental.
When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
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Recent polling confirms what many in Washington have long known: Tax reform is a top priority for Americans, regardless of party. People across the spectrum agree that taxes are too high, too complicated and skewed to favor special interests.
With true game-changing tax reform one step closer to the finish line with the 2018 budget resolution passing the House and scheduled for the Senate vote during the week of October 16th, Washington policy wonks have had a field day debating and clashing swords over the tax reform framework GOP leaders released last month. Unfortunately, lost in the muddle of their pie charts, graphs and projections is how all of this will impact America’s consumers.
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