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Commentary by Ken Jacobs in Berkeley Blog

There are economic consequences to budget cuts

When it comes to jobs and the economy, not all solutions to the state’s budget shortfall are equal. Most measures designed by well-meaning state leaders to reduce the deficit also will depress employment and economic growth in California. But the magnitude of those impacts will vary significantly – depending on what measures are enacted – and the worst effects can be avoided.

Commentary by Ken Jacobs in Berkeley Blog

The end game on health reform

Health reform is reaching an end game. Obama came out strong in his speech today for the first time drawing sharp distinctions between the two parties views on health care reform, and calling for an “up or down vote” on the bill.

Commentary by Ken Jacobs in Berkeley Blog

Do Health Savings Accounts Lower Costs?

Consumer directed health care has been touted as an important means of achieving health cost savings. The theory is that the more people pay out of pocket for health care, the more prudent purchasers they will become. One of the major tools to achieve this has been high deductible health plans with Health Savings Accounts (HSA).

Commentary by Ken Jacobs in Berkeley Blog

Pass the bill

The House should act quickly and pass the Senate bill as is. They should simultaneously use the budget reconciliation process to deal with the main outstanding financial issues: improving the subsidies for lower income families, amending the excise tax on high cost plans and other changes as needed on the financing of the bill.

Commentary by Ken Jacobs in Berkeley Blog

A step forward

The health care proposals under consideration would take an important step towards expanding access to affordable health care for all Americans. The UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, in collaboration with NORC and Watson Wyatt, has released a series of reports on the impacts of the proposed bills on California which provide important context for the debate.

Commentary by Ken Jacobs in Berkeley Blog

Health Reform and Jobs

Over the last few months, we have heard any number of outrageous claims about the potential impacts of the proposed health care bills (death panels, end to private insurance, etc.). Still, the claim made by Republicans during debate in the house—that the bill would result in a loss of 5.5 million jobs—stands out.

Commentary by Ken Jacobs in Berkeley Blog

There are economic consequences to budget cuts

When it comes to jobs and the economy, not all solutions to the state’s budget shortfall are equal. Most measures designed by well-meaning state leaders to reduce the deficit also will depress employment and economic growth in California. But the magnitude of those impacts will vary significantly – depending on what measures are enacted – and the worst effects can be avoided.

Commentary by Ken Jacobs in Berkeley Blog

The end game on health reform

Health reform is reaching an end game. Obama came out strong in his speech today for the first time drawing sharp distinctions between the two parties views on health care reform, and calling for an “up or down vote” on the bill.

Commentary by Ken Jacobs in Berkeley Blog

Do Health Savings Accounts Lower Costs?

Consumer directed health care has been touted as an important means of achieving health cost savings. The theory is that the more people pay out of pocket for health care, the more prudent purchasers they will become. One of the major tools to achieve this has been high deductible health plans with Health Savings Accounts (HSA).

Commentary by Ken Jacobs in Berkeley Blog

Pass the bill

The House should act quickly and pass the Senate bill as is. They should simultaneously use the budget reconciliation process to deal with the main outstanding financial issues: improving the subsidies for lower income families, amending the excise tax on high cost plans and other changes as needed on the financing of the bill.

Commentary by Ken Jacobs in Berkeley Blog

A step forward

The health care proposals under consideration would take an important step towards expanding access to affordable health care for all Americans. The UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, in collaboration with NORC and Watson Wyatt, has released a series of reports on the impacts of the proposed bills on California which provide important context for the debate.

Commentary by Ken Jacobs in Berkeley Blog

Health Reform and Jobs

Over the last few months, we have heard any number of outrageous claims about the potential impacts of the proposed health care bills (death panels, end to private insurance, etc.). Still, the claim made by Republicans during debate in the house—that the bill would result in a loss of 5.5 million jobs—stands out.