Author Archives: Nicholas Bagley

Uncertainty (Still) Has Consequences – and Trump Knows It

by Nicholas Bagley — Thursday, Apr. 13, 2017

This post was co-authored with Rachel Sachs, a professor at Washington University School of Law. It has been cross-posted at Take Care, a blog concerned with President Trump’s constitutional duty to take care to faithfully execute the law. Yesterday, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, President Trump admitted that he’s toying with the idea […]

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Waivers and the future of repeal and replace

by Nicholas Bagley — Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017

Over at National Review, Yuval Levin argues that a Republican consensus over repeal and replace might slowly be emerging: It now seems that the familiar debates about tax credits vs. deductions and even about spending levels aren’t exactly where the dividing lines are in the House conference. Rather, … the Freedom Caucus Republicans want to […]

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Too little, too late

by Nicholas Bagley — Friday, Apr. 7, 2017

In their latest amendment to the American Health Care Act, House Republicans have created something called an “invisible risk sharing program.” The amendment is befuddling. The invisible program is a minor tweak that won’t improve the AHCA’s dismal coverage numbers. It’s not even really a program. If there’s any prospect at all of salvaging Republican-style […]

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The complications of House v. Price

by Nicholas Bagley — Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017

I’ve got a piece at Vox discussing what happens next with House v. Price, the Obamacare litigation over whether Congress has appropriated the money to make cost-sharing payments. To bring you quickly up to speed: a district court in Washington, D.C., concluded last year that the Obama administration was breaking the law in making the […]

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What happens next to the ACA?

by Nicholas Bagley — Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017

This post was co-authored with Rachel Sachs, a law professor at Washington University School of Law. It has been cross-posted at Take Care, a new blog concerned with President Trump’s constitutional duty to take care to faithfully execute the law. In his speech after withdrawing the Republican health care bill from consideration on Friday, Speaker of […]

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Confusion over essential health benefits

by Nicholas Bagley — Friday, Mar. 24, 2017

The post has been revised to take into account feedback on how best to understand the manager’s amendment. Last night, House Republicans released the text of the final manager’s amendment to the American Health Care Act, including changes to the rules governing the essential health benefits. With these tweaks, the House hopes to pass the bill today. House […]

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Sherley You’re Joking

by Nicholas Bagley — Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017

In a provocative post from last week, Adam White argued that the D.C. Circuit’s 2012 decision in Sherley v. Sebelius could create difficulties for parties who challenge agency actions taken pursuant to President Trump’s executive orders. Adam makes some good points, but I think Sherley is so badly reasoned that its holding ought to count […]

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A new law blog: Take Care

by Nicholas Bagley — Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017

Today marks the launch of Take Care, a blog “devoted to insightful, accessible, and timely legal analysis of the President’s adherence to [his] duty” to take care that the laws are faithfully executed. For those worried about the rule of law in an Age of Trump (or indeed in any age), the Take Care Blog will be […]

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No, Secretary Price, you can’t fix the CBO score by regulating

by Nicholas Bagley — Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2017

With the release of the dismal CBO report on the American Health Care Act, the administration is playing defense. Secretary Price says the report is “just not believable” because it does not take into account the regulatory changes that he intends to make to bring down the cost of coverage. It also “ignored completely the […]

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Preserving wellness programs by infringing on privacy

by Nicholas Bagley — Monday, Mar. 13, 2017

A bill is moving through Congress—the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act—that would effectively allow businesses to require their employees to disclose lots of sensitive medical data, including their genetic information. It’s an ugly piece of legislation. Explaining why is tricky, but bear with me. * * * The point of workplace wellness programs is to […]

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