Health Care

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Building a Better Health Care Marketplace

Policy Brief #2: Negotiating for a Better Deal: A well-made state exchange can help deliver lower costs for individuals and small businesses. Just as big businesses negotiate with insurers, using the bargaining power of their employees to push for lower premiums, so too can exchange enrollees benefit from a muscular exchange that negotiates on their behalf for better choices and lower costs.

News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

Bipartisan Health Care Fix Wins Obama Endorsement

The bipartisan Empowering States to Innovate Act (S. 248), which enables states to develop inventive policy solutions to the rising costs and dysfunctional insurance markets that plague our health care system, is a win-win for consumers and small businesses in states across the country.

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Effective State Exchange Key to Lower Health Costs for Texas Consumers

Texas policy-makers can address rising health care costs by implementing an effective health insurance exchange, according to the first in a new series of policy briefs released today by consumer advocacy group TexPIRG.

Report | TexPIRG | Health Care

Building a Better Health Care Marketplace

Policy Brief #1: Ensuring Accountability: The opportunity to create a state exchange will allow Texas to increase competition and improve choices in our insurance market. However, to fully realize this opportunity, the exchange must be accountable to the public, and the individual and small business consumers who will buy their coverage through it.

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Senate Defeats Health Care Repeal

Opponents of last year's health care reform law were defeated in the Senate today in their attempt to attach a health care repeal amendment to a bill about the Federal Aviation Administration. Passage of the repeal amendment would have driven health care costs for American consumers and businesses sky-high.

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Ruling on Health Care Lawsuit Threatens to Burden Consumers with Higher Costs

Consumers and small businesses would face significantly higher insurance premiums, if higher courts ultimately uphold Judge's Vinson ruling to reverse last year's federal health care law

 

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Texas Groups: Texans Will Lose Big if Health Care Repealed

As Congress prepares to vote to repeal the federal health reform law this afternoon, Cover Texas Now, a coalition of consumer and faith-based organizations, reminds state lawmakers of  the high cost of repeal and the opportunity we have to make health care more secure for Texans.

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Health Care Repeal Would Have Costly Consequences for Texas Consumers and Small Businesses

Consumers and small businesses in Texas will face significantly higher insurance premiums and could see costly coverage denials and price discrimination if efforts to repeal the federal health care law prevail in Congress or in the courts, according to The Cost of Repeal: Examining the Impact on Texas of Repealing the New Federal Health Care Law, a new report released today by TexPIRG.

Report | TexPIRG | Health Care

The Cost of Repeal

On March 23, 2010, after a long congressional debate, President Barack Obama signed into law comprehensive federal health care reform legislation, known as the Affordable Care Act or ACA. But the enactment of the law did not end the debate. This year, Texas’ elected officials will face their own choices regarding proposals to repeal or roll back existing law. This report examines the costs and benefits of repeal for the taxpayers, consumers, and businesses of our state.

News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

Health Care Suit Threatens to Burden Consumers with Higher Costs

 

 

 

Statement of TexPIRG Advocate Melissa Cubria on the opening of oral arguments today on McCollum v. DHHS, the lawsuit brought by state attorneys generals and governors against the new federal health care law. If this lawsuit were to eventually succeed in stripping out individual responsibility from the new health care law, consumers will be the ultimate losers.

 

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