Rea S. Hederman Jr.

The Buckeye Institute: Policymakers Should Take Bolder Strides on Health Care Reforms that Country Can Follow

Rea S. Hederman Jr. March 19, 2018

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute’s Rea S. Hederman Jr., executive director of the Economic Research Center and vice president of policy, submitted public comments on Ohio’s two Medicaid waiver proposals – the work and community engagement waiver and the state innovation or 1332 waiver.

Can States Repair Obamacare’s Damage?

Rea S. Hederman Jr. March 02, 2018

In National Review, Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Doug Badger call on Congress and the administration to give states more latitude to fix their health insurance markets, which is the central recommendation of their new Mercatus Center study.

In New Paper for Mercatus Center, Buckeye's Rea Hederman Looks at Why State Innovation is Key in Health Care Reform

Rea S. Hederman Jr. February 27, 2018

In a new study for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University Doug Badger and Rea Hederman argue that Congress and the administration should empower states—as opposed to Washington—to devise new ways to make health insurance more affordable for more people. The way to do that is through the ACA's Section 1332. 

State lawmakers have a responsibility to reform Medicaid

Rea S. Hederman Jr. February 13, 2018

Buckeye’s Rea Hederman Jr. and the Mackinac Center’s Lindsay Boyd Killen look at the need for states to reform Medicaid, writing in The Hill, “It is now time for states like Michigan and Ohio to move forward on Medicaid reform, and for them to embrace the new opportunities coming out of Washington.”

Work requirements in Medicaid reform will work

Rea S. Hederman Jr. January 12, 2018

When President Bill Clinton signed welfare reform into law, many critics warned of impending calamity for welfare recipients. Individuals on welfare would be unable to comply with work requirements and would face dire poverty. These critics underestimated the ability of welfare recipients to find work and stay employed. Today, the debate is over the amount of gains welfare recipients who returned to work made, not whether or not they fell into dire poverty. Many recipients, particularly women, made large strides in the work force and increased their family income by work. It appears, this debate is going to be repeated, this time over Medicaid work requirements.

Ohio residents will benefit from GOP tax bill

Rea S. Hederman Jr. December 16, 2017

In the Dayton Daily News, Buckeye's Rea Hederman looks at the benefits of tax reform for Ohioans. "Even with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, Congress is finding time for some last-minute business – the most sweeping tax reform bill in a generation. The centerpiece of the legislation is corporate tax reform, but people in Ohio and Dayton will benefit from lower rates and a simpler tax code."

Spring promises of partnership on health care reform are growing cold for states

Rea S. Hederman Jr. November 02, 2017

In March, the Trump administration announced new plans for state flexibility on health care waivers for both Medicaid and state innovation 1332 waivers found in the Affordable Care Act. Recently, states have found this promised flexibility is not becoming a reality for either innovation or Medicaid waivers. If the Trump administration wants to fulfill the promise made earlier this year, then they need to send a strong signal to states that they indeed have a willing partner in Washington.

Getting Less for More: Ohio’s Proposed Drug Price Control Policy (a.k.a. “Issue 2”)

Rea S. Hederman Jr. October 30, 2017

Next Tuesday, Ohioans will decide whether to enact a policy that would create price controls for pharmaceuticals that are paid for by the state of Ohio. Advocates claim that these price controls can save the state of Ohio money. Opponents argue that these savings are dubious and price controls will create a host of other problems.

Kasich/Hickenlooper, ObamaCare by a Different Name

Rea S. Hederman Jr. September 13, 2017

Ohio Governor John Kasich and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper issued a letter that laid out their ideas for fixing the Affordable Care Act. In a nutshell, the plan’s goal is to increase government spending and enforce the individual mandate in an effort to prop up the ACA insurance markets. Unfortunately, simply spending more taxpayer money does little to fix a core flaw of the ACA – heavily regulating insurance companies – which has driven up premiums and caused insurers to leave markets and leave Ohioans with few or no insurance options.

Ohio is blazing the trail on healthcare reform

Rea S. Hederman Jr. June 28, 2017

In an opinion piece in The Hill, Rea S. Hederman Jr. looks at bold health care initiatives that Ohio’s General Assembly just passed. “The state’s General Assembly has just insisted that Governor Kasich submit two significant waiver requests to Trump’s Administration by early next year. The waivers will reduce Ohio’s Medicaid costs and create a more-seamless transition for people moving from Medicaid into affordable private coverage — something vitally important given the current death spiral of Obamacare exchanges.”