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Mike Hennessy | Friday, November 07, 2014
In the wake of the landslide Republican victory in the midterm Senate and Congressional elections, the stage is set for renewed attempts for pragmatic reform of the Affordable Care Act.
Mike Hennessy | Monday, July 28, 2014
In a potentially crippling setback to the Affordable Care Act, a panel of judges from a federal court of appeals ruled it is illegal for the federal government to provide subsidies for health insurance purchased through federally run exchanges.
Mike Hennessy | Thursday, April 17, 2014
Focusing only on the number of people who have enrolled for insurance through the exchanges ignores indications that the ACA is failing in its primary mission.
Mike Hennessy | Thursday, March 13, 2014
A union report warns the ACA threatens the middle class with higher insurance premiums, fewer full-time jobs, and less comprehensive health coverage.
Mike Hennessy | Tuesday, March 04, 2014
The recently proposed Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act would provide consumers with greater insurance choices, reduce healthcare costs, and severely rein in government interference in the healthcare market.
Mike Hennessy | Friday, January 17, 2014
Despite Affordable Care Act supporters’ promises and predictions, healthy young consumers have not been flocking to the health insurance exchanges to sign up for coverage. Now the Obama administration is planning a full-court press to convince them to enroll.
Mike Hennessy | Friday, November 29, 2013
President Obama has been called out for falsely assuring Americans they could keep their current insurance if they liked it. Now we’re learning that the second part of that promise – that Americans would also be able to keep their doctors – was also false.
Mike Hennessy | Saturday, November 02, 2013
Millions of Americans will soon find out that even if they like their current health insurance, the Affordable Care Act ensures they won’t be able to keep it.
Mike Hennessy | Tuesday, October 22, 2013
If a luxury item is by definition something you can do without, by targeting so-called “Cadillac” insurance plans to help pay for the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration is making it clear that it’s more concerned with limiting healthcare choices than it is with ensuring Americans have access to high-quality insurance.
Mike Hennessy | Tuesday, September 17, 2013
When promoting the virtues of the ACA, President Obama famously promised that people who were happy with their current insurance would be able to keep it. However, thousands of Americans are finding out that’s not true at all.
Mike Hennessy | Friday, August 16, 2013
The Affordable Care Act was sold to the public as an effective means of providing affordable health insurance to millions of Americans who currently do not have coverage, particularly the poorest members of our society. It turns out that the law will push more Americans into part-time jobs that are ineligible for employer-provided insurance, forcing them to choose between purchasing expensive coverage through an insurance exchange or forgoing insurance altogether and paying a fine.
Mike Hennessy | Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Now that it’s becoming clear the ACA is a train wreck, some of the president’s staunchest allies are openly calling for repeal of the law.
Mike Hennessy | Thursday, July 18, 2013
Recent announcements of major delays in implementing key parts of the law demonstrate the Affordable Care Act is fundamentally flawed.
Mike Hennessy | Monday, July 01, 2013
Months before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) fully takes effect, it is already having negative effects on business and hiring in the US.
Mike Hennessy | Friday, May 03, 2013
As predicted, many insurers are set to raise premiums for health insurance policies as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) comes fully online next year. The high prices will be out of reach for many of the people the ACA was touted as helping, forcing consumers to choose between paying for budget-busting health insurance or forgoing coverage and paying a penalty.
Mike Hennessy | Thursday, April 18, 2013
The central promise of the ACA is that it will increase access to care for millions of Americans. However, because the ACA will also worsen an already chronic shortage of physicians, it is likely to make it harder, not easier, for Americans to obtain quality medical care.
Mike Hennessy | Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a flawed attempt at health care reform that will make it harder for physicians to maintain independent private practices and incentivize doctors to become hospital and health system employees, leading to a decline in physician productivity and reduced access to care for millions of Americans.
Mike Hennessy | Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The sad fact is that this the fiscal cliff deal doesn’t really solve anything at all. It merely defers some of America's toughest spending problems for another two months. It’s time for our leaders to stop acting like fiscally irresponsible children and start acting like sensible adults.
Mike Hennessy | Friday, October 12, 2012
One of the major issues being negotiated right now the amount of protection for the intellectual property of pharmaceutical and biotech companies. And failure to protect the intellectual property rights will actually hurt patients more than the companies.
Mike Hennessy | Friday, August 10, 2012
While the direct "tax" of mandatory insurance purchases levied on the public by the ACA is onerous enough, it is the raft of hidden and "stealth" taxes enacted by this legislation that make it such a bad deal for all Americans.

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Mike HennessyMike Hennessy is Chairman of MJH Associates, Inc., a full-service healthcare marketing, education, and communications company that features a comprehensive network of print and digital products that reaches nearly every sector of the healthcare market, including physicians, pharmacists, oncologists, managed care professionals, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals. As a businessman and entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare publishing industry, Hennessy is intimately familiar with the financial, administrative, and clinical challenges physicians face in today's competitive practice environment.
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Hennessy's Highlights dissects the healthcare policy issues that impact physicians, particularly those who are running their own practices.