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Linda J. Blumberg

Senior Fellow

My work focuses largely on monitoring and evaluating the effects of the implementation of health care reform, nationally and at the state level. I am acutely interested in identifying the policy decisions and other factors that affect the ability of the reforms to meet their goals. Changes to private health insurance and insurance markets, along with their interactions with public programs, are my primary focus.

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Brief

Congress is currently considering passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This bill would repeal large portions of the Affordable Care Act, including most of its sources of revenue, and would introduce significant changes to the Medicaid program and the private nongroup insurance market...

March 23, 2017
Linda J. Blumberg, Matthew Buettgens, John Holahan, Gordon B. Mermin, Frank Sammartino
Brief

Opposition to the ACA’s “Cadillac” tax is growing. This excise tax applies to employer health benefits exceeding a threshold. There has been broader support over time for a cap on the tax exclusion of employer contributions to health insurance, including from many who now want to repeal the...

October 22, 2015
Linda J. Blumberg, John Holahan, Gordon B. Mermin
Research report

Opposition to the ACA’s “Cadillac” tax is growing. This excise tax applies to employer health benefits exceeding a threshold. There has been broader support over time for a cap on the tax exclusion of employer contributions to health insurance, including from many who now want to repeal the...

October 21, 2015
Linda J. Blumberg, John Holahan, Gordon B. Mermin
Brief

President Bush's new health care proposal ignores the most important problems in the current health care system: a lack of guaranteed affordable, accessible, and adequate insurance coverage for those with modest incomes or with high health needs. The proposal's focus on limiting the tax...

February 1, 2007
Linda J. Blumberg, John Holahan
Testimony

This testimony was presented before the the House Small Business Subcommittee on Workforce, Empowerment, and Government Programs. Linda Blumberg addresses Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and HR 3901, a proposal to make private non-group premiums for the high-deductible health plans associated...

March 18, 2004
Linda J. Blumberg
Commentary

Here's one message from the new "bipartisan" Medicare bill being debated in Congress: low-income elderly people are having a hard time paying for their prescription drugs, so we need...another tax cut for rich people! Today's tax cut for rich people—health savings accounts (HSA)—has been all but...

November 21, 2003
Leonard E. Burman, Linda J. Blumberg
Brief

Tax credits are being touted as possible mechanisms for expanding health insurance coverage in the United States. Analysts, members of Congress, and the Bush administration have all developed tax credit proposals in the past few years. However, although tax credit approaches are clearly...

August 1, 2001
Linda J. Blumberg