The new high risk pools

My latest Kaiser Health News piece about Lebron James—I mean about Republican criticisms of the new high-risk health insurance pools. I have been concerned about this issue for a long time.

Given the venue (KHN, not ESPN) and some final edits, the piece reads a little more naively bipartisan than I had intended. I don’t believe that Senator Enzi and his Republican colleagues are very sincere when they lambaste the Affordable Care Act for defects that were actually worse in Republicans’ own proposed health care plans. The Obama administration would nonetheless be smart to take Enzi and his colleagues at their word in seeking greater resources for an important under-funded program.

PS: If you haven’t checked out the new, where information about these risk pools and other matters can be found, you should. Pretty impressive.

Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect,, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.