Sunday, January 13, 2013
Are we witnessing the resurgence of the Garden State's venerable history of healthcare reform?
Sunday, January 13
By Joel C. Cantor [Joel C. Cantor is the director of the Center for State Health Policy and professor of public policy at Rutgers University. He has authored numerous studies of health insurance regulatory policy, healthcare delivery system performance, and access to care for low-income and minority populations. He serves frequently as an advisor on health policy matters to New Jersey state government. The views expressed in this essay are solely those of the author and are not endorsed by funders of the Center for State Health Policy.] Observers of healthcare in New Jersey can be forgiven for being a bit cynical about its future. Cynics would point to New Jersey’s poor performance on myriad measures of health system performance. (See, for…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
In a complicated decision, the justices upheld most of the health care reform legislation popularly known as Obamacare.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Do you agree with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Thursday upholding most of President Obama's signature health care reform legislation? By a 5-4 vote, the justices upheld most of the act, although the opinion is a complicated one. The court upheld the requirement that every American purchase health insurance or else pay a penalty, as a tax decision and upheld it on those grounds, in an opinion written by Chief Justice Roberts. "Our precedent demonstrates that Congress has the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000 under the taxing power, and that Section 5000 need not be read to do more than impose a tax," Roberts wrote in one of the key sentences from the opinion. Click here to read the full text of the opinion. Vote in our …
Saturday, March 31, 2012
As U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments, local advocates gather to celebrate anniversary of Affordable Care Act.
As any parent knows, age two can be tough, and advocates for healthcare reform are finding out just how tough the “terrible twos” can be. With the Supreme Court appearing split on the fate of the overhaul, grassroots advocates nonetheless turned out this week to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the federal Affordable Care Act at a restaurant in the Valley Arts District. The television above the bar at Hat City Kitchen tuned to the nightly news recap of three days of historic Supreme Court arguments on the most wide-reaching and controversial aspect, requiring most people to buy basic insurance, the irony not lost on guests of the Citizen Action Education Fund. They understood the fight had not ended when President Obama signed the …
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Opponents of the reforms, which were approved by the Senate on Monday, have called the legislation an attack on the middle class.
Proposed legislation to increase contributions by public employees to their health care and pension costs is expected to be approved by the state Assembly today, clearing its final hurdle before heading to Gov. Chris Christie to be signed into law. The state Senate adopted the pension and health care reform bill on Monday by a margin of 24-15, with 16 Republican Senators and eight Democrats voting in favor of bill S-2937. The bill would require teachers, state and local government workers to pay an additional 1 percent of their salaries toward their pensions as of July 1, and an additional 1 percent phased in over the next seven years for a total of 7.5 percent. Police and firefighters would pay an additional 1.5 percent of their salaries …