Rea S. Hederman Jr.

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.”

States need freedom to improve health for Medicaid recipients

Rea S. Hederman Jr. June 07, 2017

In an opinion piece in The Hill, Buckeye’s Rea S. Hederman Jr. looks at the need to give states more flexibility to, “change Medicaid overall and think of how to deliver the best care, to the most patients for the best price.”

New Buckeye Institute Report Finds Louisiana’s Proposal to Raise Taxes Will Hinder Economic Growth

Rea S. Hederman Jr., Bryce Hill, and Lukas Spitzwieser June 05, 2017

Columbus, OH – A new report, Addressing Louisiana’s Budget Shortfall: Strategies for Growth, released today by The Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center, found that Louisiana’s proposal to raise taxes to finance more government spending will hinder economic activity and growth. 

What the Ohio Senate Should Do with the Biennial Budget

Daniel J. Dew, Rea S. Hederman Jr., and Greg R. Lawson May 22, 2017

Now that the Ohio House of Representatives has approved its version of the state’s biennial budget, it falls to the Senate to improve House Bill 49 and address the missed opportunities for significant reform. To help the Senate improve the budget and keep Ohio on the road to success, The Buckeye Institute offers the following suggestions.

Obamacare: What's next for the states in the new administration?

Rea S. Hederman Jr. March 28, 2017

Speaker: Rea S. Hederman Jr., Executive Vice President, The Buckeye Institute and nationally recognized health care policy expert

The Impact of Renewables Portfolio Standards on the Ohio Economy

Rea S. Hederman Jr. and Joe Nichols March 03, 2017

The Economic Research Center (ERC) at The Buckeye Institute analyzed the likely economic impacts of the RPS by applying the ERC’s proprietary dynamic model of Ohio’s economy. The ERC’s findings support repealing the mandates entirely.

Fiscal Policy, Theory and Measurement: The State of Wyoming

Rea S. Hederman Jr. February 09, 2017

Wyoming policymakers face many different decisions on how to change fiscal policy to improve growth or fund the government. Using a dynamic macroeconomic model to simulate the Wyoming economy, this paper examines several different policy scenarios where taxes can be raised or lowered to pay for more or less government spending.