Oped: ACA

Read this op-ed in the Boston Herald (September 4, 2016). Sometimes the Affordable Care Act (ACA) seems like part of history. While headlines about implementation pains persist, many changes are taking place under the radar. One such change that has received almost no attention is a new fee on Medicaid, called MassHealth in Massachusetts. The ACA...
By Josh Archambault Date: April 10, 2014 Read it here. Seven months after open enrollment began under the Affordable Care Act, Massachusetts’ online health insurance exchange doesn’t work, and the state government is just firing the primary contractor CGI, without a final plan for how to fix it. Since we can’t change the past, the...
Op-Ed by Mary Connaughton & Josh Archambault Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Think because you live in Massachusetts you’re protected from the Obamacare insurance premium spikes that you have seen in the national news? Think again, especially if you work at a small company. Ineffective cash-flow management is the No. 1 cause of business failure and layoffs....
Governors need to require greater flexibility in order to tailor reforms to their state. As the key months for implementing the Affordable Care Act begin, 30 governors are resisting key provisions of the law. But these leaders don't need to act just as a phalanx of opposition; if they work with President Obama and Obama...
President Barack Obama has consistently said that Massachusetts was the template for the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as ObamaCare. So the conventional wisdom has been that the new law won’t change much here. But a new Pioneer Institute study demonstrates just how wrong the conventional wisdom has been. Starting in 2018, the federal...
http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2012/07/mass-health-reform-as-pig-in-a-poke I had to look up this expression to make sure I was using it correctly, but yes, indeed, the opinion piece in the Boston Herald today from The Pioneer Institute’s Josh Archambault argues that the legislature is buying a pig in a poke when it comes to the cost-cutting health reform measures soon up...
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/09/obamacare-more-taxing-than-romneycare-two-laws-differences-debated/ President Obama's camp chafes at the notion the health care law's individual  insurance mandate packs the threat of a tax. One way Democrats have been  responding to to such criticisms is to point the finger at Mitt Romney and the  health care law he signed as governor of Massachusetts. "Let's get down to the...
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/06/gop-pushes-carrot-approach-to-insuring-americas-over-obamacare-mandate-stick/ Part of the the effort to repeal and replace the President Obama's health  care law, as Republicans see it, is to find a way to entice the uninsured to buy  insurance rather than force them to do so. The existing law that the Supreme Court recently upheld relies on the  proverbial stick -- the...
http://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/spinning_the_supreme_courts_he.php?page=all In the days before and after the Supreme Court’s decision, spin doctors were hard at work peddling their experts, positions, and takes on what might happen, and then what did happen and what might happen next. This is all to be expected, but the scope and the volume of the spin was extraordinary. “I...
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/07/06/44000_uninsured_massachusetts_residents_paid_penalty_in_2010/?page=2 Francisco Machado of Lowell had long gone without health insurance. Strong and healthy, he preferred to save the money or send it to family in Brazil, until pain and buzzing in his ear sent him to the emergency room. The $600 bill persuaded him to enroll in a plan offered by his employer, a...