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Brian Blase referenced in Forbes – May 13, 2024

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Brian Blase
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Brian Blase, Ph.D., is the President of Paragon Health Institute. Brian was Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House’s National Economic Council (NEC) from 2017-2019, where he coordinated the development and execution of numerous health policies and advised the President, NEC director, and senior officials. After leaving the White House, Brian founded Blase Policy Strategies and serves as its CEO.

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On May 13, 2024, Paragon’s research on short-term limited-duration health insurance, by Brian Blase, was referenced in Forbes.

From the article:

The new rule effectively forces Americans to overpay for benefits they’ll never use and don’t want, instead of choosing a plan tailored to their needs and risk profile.

Critics of short-term health insurance offerings argue that cutting them will “improve” the Obamacare marketplaces. By “improve” they mean that young and healthy people will overpay for insurance to subsidize older, sicker people.

And ironically, this unfair policy won’t even work as Biden administration apparatchiks intend. A September 2023 study from the Paragon Health Institute found that states that were favorable towards short-term health insurance enjoyed 62.7% higher Obamacare exchange enrollment, 105% higher insurer participation in exchanges, and larger decreases in insurance premiums than states that were unfavorable to short-term plans.

In other words, states that permit short-term health insurance options see more robust markets, higher exchange enrollment, and lower costs. Democrats’ theory that short-term plans would fatally undermine Obamacare is not accurate—just as their fears that the exchanges would collapse without the individual mandate proved overblown.

The full article can be found in Forbes.

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