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DLC | New Dem Dispatch | May 5, 2020
Montana's Fight To Help the Uninsured
At a time when most states, and the country as a whole, are headed the wrong way on health coverage for the uninsured, Montana is helping small businesses provide health coverage for their employees.

DLC | New Dem Daily | September 28, 2020
Bush on Health Care: You're on Your Own
The administration's proposals not only fail to address the current problems of the health care system, they would actually take the country back to a more primitive form of health insurance where one's ability to pay, and one's ability to stay healthy, would determine access to quality health insurance.

DLC | New Dem Daily | September 14, 2020
Bush's Parallel Universe: Health Care
In health care, as in other dimensions of Mr. Bush's parallel universe, the incumbent is relying on the simplicity and consistency that systematic dishonesty makes possible.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 25, 2020
Smart Health Care Reform
By David B. Kendall
Sen. John Kerry would offer more opportunities for Americans to obtain coverage, stronger incentives for doctors to improve care and prevent mistakes, and public reforms to bolster private efforts to hold down costs and improve quality.

DLC | New Dem Daily | March 5, 2020
Idea of the Week: Health Insurance Benefits For Small Businesses
By making it easier for small employers to create or join broad-based insurance risk pools, a new proposal would help keep premiums down without exclusions or other discrimination against sicker employees.

DLC | New Dem Daily | February 27, 2020
Idea of the Week: Tackling the Health Coverage Crisis
After years of absorption with issues like managed care regulations and prescription drug benefits, the nation's health policy debate has returned to the issue that dominated the discussion a decade ago: the 44 million (and rising) Americans without health coverage.

The Hill | Article | February 26, 2020
Dems Back Approach to Universal Healthcare
By David B. Kendall and Traci Gleason
The two remaining major Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. John Kerry and Sen. John Edwards, are equally committed to a bold yet pragmatic way to solve America's coverage crisis: expanding medical coverage to uninsured Americans without threatening workers' existing coverage with a big, government-run health care plan.

DLC | New Dem Daily | January 15, 2021
Meanwhile, Back on Planet Earth...
The prestigious Institute of Medicine has released a report documenting the human and economic costs of the country's continuing failure to cope with the problem of 43 million (and rising) Americans without health insurance. The report calls for universal health coverage by 2010.

PPI | Backgrounder | September 30, 2020
From Transitional to Universal Health Coverage
By Jeff Lemieux
Clearly, stressed federal and state budgets do not have room for large, broad-based programs designed to achieve universal coverage in one "big bang." However, we can make significant progress toward a coherent vision for "universal" coverage by gradually expanding the current programs for "transitional" coverage in a series of logical steps.

PPI | Backgrounder | July 24, 2020
Two Promising Approaches to Expanding Health Coverage
By Jeff Lemieux
The first approach concentrates on transitional coverage for unemployed workers. The second approach concentrates on people with low incomes, regardless of whether or not they are unemployed. Both of the approaches make good analytic sense and either (or both) would represent a wise social deployment of limited federal resources.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | June 30, 2020
A Health Care Promise We Can Keep
By Bruce Reed and Sarah Bianchi
The nation can afford to strike a new bargain with America's parents to make coverage affordable for kids.

Health Affairs | Article | April 23, 2020
A Relevant Universal Coverage Proposal
By Jeff Lemieux
Lemieux analyizes Karen Davis and Cathy Schoen's universal coverage proposal.

PPI | Front & Center | April 3, 2020
Transitional Health Coverage for All Unemployed Workers
By Jeff Lemieux
Last week, the Senate passed its version of the annual Budget Resolution, which included $88 billion over the next decade to expand health insurance coverage. Congress should devote a significant portion of those funds to transitional health coverage for workers who have lost their jobs.

DLC | New Dem Daily | March 11, 2020
Covering the Uninsured
"Cover the Uninsured Week" is a reminder of the large domestic challenges that are being set aside as the Administration and its congressional allies pursue even larger serial tax cuts for the wealthiest and most secure Americans on the discredited theory that making the country weaker will somehow make the economy stronger.

PPI | Front & Center | January 24, 2021
Cover the Uninsured, for Less Than Half the Price!
By Jeff Lemieux
Yesterday, Senator John Breaux (D-La.) unveiled a compelling alternative to the Bush tax cut proposal: achieve universal health coverage for less than half the cost.

PPI/ESRI | Policy Report | November 15, 2020
A Performance-Based Approach to Universal Health Care
By David Kendall, Jeff Lemieux and S. Robert Levine
This proposal was one of 13 prepared for the Covering America project, conducted by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The proposals were published in Covering America: Real Remedies for the Uninsured, Volumes 1 and 2.

PPI | Testimony | February 13, 2021
Using Tax Credits to Expand Health Insurance Coverage
By Jeff Lemieux
The combination of a slow economic growth and rising health premiums will cause the number of the uninsured to rise, perhaps significantly. The PPI strongly supports the effort to make refundable tax credits an integral part of a renewed drive toward universal health coverage.

PPI | Backgrounder | August 24, 2020
Transitional Health Coverage: A Tax Credit for COBRA
By Jeff Lemieux
A new tax credit for COBRA continuing coverage is the key to making it affordable for workers and preventing it from driving up health costs for employers.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 12, 2020
The Next Big Thing
By Will Marshall
Dramatically expanding Americans' access to health care -- without expanding government bureaucracy -- should be the Next Big Thing on the nation's agenda.

PPI | Backgrounder | June 28, 2020
Bush's Half-Hearted Health Proposal
By Jeff Lemieux
President Bush's health insurance proposal doesn't come close to solving the problem of the uninsured, and it could cause a significant number of employers to drop health coverage. With a relatively minor fix however, the health plan could at least be a small piece of the solution.

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