Rea S. Hederman Jr.
On the very day he was inaugurated, President Trump issued his first executive order directing all federal agencies to cooperate with and “provide greater flexibility to States” as they looked for ways to stop the premium pains of Obamacare. So far, 500 days later, that order has yet to be followed, writes Buckeye's Rea S. Hederman Jr. in The Hill.
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 to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Ohio’s work requirement waiver application. These comments follow ones Hederman submitted to the Ohio Department of Medicaid on March 16, 2018.
Actions by the federal government have taken health care out of the hands of state officials and centralized it in Washington. The result: families are paying ever higher health insurance premiums for coverage they often do not want or need. This means less money to pay other bills, college tuition, or even buy food.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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."
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.