I don’t often use the morning read to point In Boxers back toward NCPR’s own stuff, but this morning we have a pair of stories that give new context to the Obamacare debate as it shapes our lives locally.
Julie Grant talks with one of the architects of the new healthcare insurance exchanges being created in New York as part of Obamacare, with $88 million in funding from the Feds.
Politics aside, work on creating a health insurance exchange in New York is moving forward. The state department of health has already gotten $88-million-dollars from the federal government, to provide a model of how states can create these new health insurance markets. Much of that money is being used to improve New York’s information technology, to make it simple, and convenient for people to choose and enroll in health plans.
We also have a fascinating piece from Chris Morris, who contrasts the approaches to health insurance of incumbent Democrat Bill Owens (who voted for the Affordable Care Act) and Republican Matt Dohney, who would like to repeal it.
Doheny is laying out a range of ideas for how to make insurance more affordable, without Federal intervention, including a plan to allow purchase of coverage across state lines.
“I’ve said this many times: You can go online and buy something through Amazon, Google or any other e-commerce around the world or the country and that’s not allowed for health care,” he said. “(It) makes no sense.”
Also adding food for thought this week was the independent Congressional Budget Office, which concluded that Obamacare as written will “in the aggregate reduce budget deficits.”
The CBO also concluded that repealing the reform law would add “$109 billion to federal budget deficits” between now and 2022.
Before commenting, I urge you to check out the details. Read over the CBO’s estimates, check out the details of Chris Morris and Julie Grant’s reporting. Dig into Matt Doheny’s ideas about what better approaches might look like.
Then have at it — your views always welcome.