Author Archives: Ashley Fox

About Ashley Fox

Ashley Fox, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Health Evidence and Policy. Learn more about Ashley here.

From All-Payer to Single-Payer?

With the bungled roll-out of the Federal Healthcare Exchange,, attention has moved to examples of state-level success at enrolling uninsured individuals in health care plans. In this respect, Connecticut stands out as a leader: since the state’s healthcare exchange opened last October, CT has enrolled 170,021 residents , a number … Read More

Bringing Sexy back to the States fixes may have met its December 1st deadline for improving the online health-insurance marketplace, but the unrelentingly flow of criticisms over the glitches will continue to pester the Obama administration. However, what is often not mentioned in the “Obamacare narrative” is the Republican Party’s role in the bungled roll-out … Read More

Why I wish we all had Medicaid

Medicaid, a means-tested program designed to provide health insurance to the very poor, has been pejoratively been labeled as “welfare medicine.” The program was hastily constructed in 1965 as an afterthought to Medicare, whose mandate is to cover the costs of health care among older Americans, people age 65 and … Read More

Tea Party Politics and Health Care Reform: How a small minority is holding the majority hostage

The recent government shutdown that was precipitated by the House Republicans’ inability to accept the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as the legitimate law of the land has brought the stark political divisions in this country to a new zenith. The willingness of Republicans to hold the nation hostage to its … Read More

To Mandate or not to Mandate?

Even as Obamacare revs up to go into full effect in January of 2014, it suffered a major setback last month when the Obama administration announced a one-year delay in the law’s mandate that larger employers (>50 employees) provide coverage for their workers or pay significant tax penalties. Like most … Read More