Posts Tagged ‘ ObamaCare ’

Is ObamaCare working?

July 16, 2014
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner  

"Two recent surveys have shown a significant reduction in the number of Americans without health insurance since the start of Obamacare in October 2013. ... All of which has led Obamacare supporters to pop the Champagne corks. As New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote for perhaps the hundredth time since 2010, 'Health reform is -- gasp! -- working.' It is still unclear, though, how much of the credit for the drop in the number of uninsured should go to Obamacare." (07/15/14)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/obamacare-working  

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Health spending grew slower in US than in other developed countries, 2007-2011 (but the trend won’t last)

July 15, 2014
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R. Graham  

"It is unlikely that Obamacare explains the slowing rate of growth in health spending. A new research paper by Luca Lorenzoni and colleagues, from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, confirms not only that the slowdown occurred well before Obamacare, but that health spending has slowed more in the United States than in Canada, France, Germany , the Netherlands, and Switzerland. ... The report also gives us more insight into a more important question: Do we spend too much on health as a share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) versus other countries? The answer remains 'no.'" (07/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qc3mt59  

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ObamaCare is a game of Jenga

July 15, 2014
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Lawson Bader  

"Last fall, I compared the U.S. health care system to the game of Jenga -- a tangle of layer-upon-interlocking-layer of inconsistent and half-baked policies and attempted reforms (or quick fixes to the unintended consequences of those half-baked policies and attempted reforms). But Jenga is also a metaphor for the reality that, administration triumphalism aside, Obamacare is only a few weak links away from collapsing." (07/14/14)

http://cei.org/content/obamacare-game-jenga  

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Supply-side contraceptives

July 15, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"Free contraceptives are only one example of how the Obama administration gets it priorities wrong when it comes to health insurance. For example, the Affordable Care Act requires employers and insurers to provide a long list of preventive services (such as mammograms, blood-pressure screening, cholesterol screening, etc.). And as in the case of contraceptives, Obama administration officials have been claiming that the money spent on these procedures will result in overall savings. Yet here again the evidence says otherwise. Most preventive procedures cause health care spending to go up not down. And while we are spending scarce premium dollars on low-dollar items of sometimes dubious value we are continuing to leave people exposed for large catastrophic costs." (07/14/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5025  

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ObamaCare is costing a lot more than you think

July 10, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"Everybody knows that the new health reform program is expensive. But just how expensive is it?" (07/09/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5015  

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Understanding waiting times for healthcare

July 8, 2014
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R. Graham  

"In Sunday’s New York Times, reporter Elizabeth Rosenthal discusses evidence that that waiting times for medical care in the United States do not always compare favorably with those of other developed countries. ... Unfortunately, the article evolves into an apologetic for waiting times as a good thing. I would also quibble with Ms. Rosenthal’s description of U.S. health care as 'market-based,' which it certainly is not. I don’t think I’ve met anyone, pro- or anti-Obamacare, who does not expect waiting times to increase as long as Obamacare exists. So, we better get used to them. How to explain them?" (07/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pfmaa9n  

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Today: New Georgia health freedom law goes into effect

July 2, 2014
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Maharrey  

"Things just got a lot harder for federal health mandates in Georgia. Today, a law that bans the state from participating in significant portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into full effect. This represents the first step in the nullification of the federal act in Georgia. It certainly doesn’t end the unconstitutional healthcare program in the Peach State, but it creates impediments to further implementation and lays the groundwork for future action. Now, Georgians need to begin gearing up take it to the next level." (07/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pqan6f9  

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SCOTUS rules for religious exemption to ObamaCare contraception mandate

July 1, 2014
posted by

Washington Post    

"The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. The justices' 5-4 decision Monday is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. And it means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free [sic] contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies' health insurance plans." (06/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q7nzgf9  

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The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision isn’t about corporations — it’s about people

July 1, 2014
posted by

Peter Suderman Reason
by Peter Suderman  

"It's pretty clear that complying with the contraception requirement would have violated the religious beliefs of the individuals in the small family that owns Hobby Lobby, a closely held corporation that expressly says in a statement of purpose that it is committed to 'operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.' (As Alito also notes, no one questioned the sincerity of their beliefs.) It's the free exercise of those individuals that the RFRA is designed to protect, and it's their individual religious freedoms that most concern Alito. The focus on these individuals, with their clearly defined religious beliefs, also suggests why the ruling might not apply to large public corporations where it is arguably much harder to pin down any individual interests." (06/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oga364j  

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Health spending and first quarter GDP: What happened?

June 30, 2014
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R. Graham  

"A couple of months ago, the Bureau of Economic Analysis told us that first quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was going to decline by one percent, prevented from tanking only by explosive growth in health spending. However, the final estimate of real first quarter GDP has thrown everyone for a loop, reporting an annualized decline of 2.9 percent. It was the hugest revision in years. The huge error in the earlier figure was almost entirely driven by a poor estimate of the effect of Obamacare by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) ..." (06/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p879ea9  

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There’s only one meaningful metric that will determine ObamaCare’s future

June 26, 2014
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Benjamin Domenech  

"It’s a mistake to assume there is a magic number, a point of uninsured who gained insurance, a statistic of Medicaid signups, or a percentage of average premium increases which will mark the point where Obamacare is safe from Republican assault. The average American voter and policymaker is not watching these factors – they are aware of Obamacare’s performance primarily through how it impacts their livelihoods, costs, and constituents. The opponents of the law are far louder and more motivated than its supporters. And that is very unlikely to change any time soon. This is why I do not understand the assumptions of inevitability on the part of the law’s supporters." (06/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mf96vfg  

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Remember the death panels?

June 25, 2014
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign for Liberty
by Norm Singleton  

"Sarah Palin stirred up a fuss in 2010 when she tweeted a reference to Obamacare's 'Death Panels.' While Obamacare did not explicitly give the government the power to ration health care, Governor Palin was correct that there are several provisions in Obamacare that could lead to 'backdoor' rationing. Governor Palin's 'death panel' tweet was a reference to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The IPAB is a board of 'experts' empowered to make 'recommendations' on limiting Medicare spending." (06/25/14)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/national-blog/reember-death-pannels/  

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Blame DC, not doctors, for raising health care costs

June 25, 2014
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign for Liberty
by Norm Singleton  

"Writing in USA Today, Arkansas Neurologist Kathryn Chenault explains how the federal regulations increase the cost of health care and make it impossible for her to provide the best possible care to her patients. Dr. Chenault makes a point that Campaign for Liberty Chairman Dr. Ron Paul has often made: that while Obamacare 'worsened the bureaucratic burden like nothing I've ever seen,' government distortions of the health care market did not start with Obamacare. Thus, while it is important to repeal Obamacare, Congress must not stop there." (06/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ndx7afe  

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Do Republicans have an alternative to ObamaCare?

June 15, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"The bottom line: increased taxes on people who have health insurance in order to subsidize insurance for people who don’t have it. If you think this is good politics, consider that about 97% of voters have health insurance." (06/13/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5000  

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ObamaCare: Still failing

June 11, 2014
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner  

"It may turn out that the VA scandal and the controversy surrounding the prisoner swap for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl were actually good news for congressional Democrats. That’s because they’ve managed to keep the media and voters from focusing on the latest bad news about Obamacare. And that news just keeps getting worse." (06/11/14)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/obamacare-still-failing  

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Non-hospital healthcare jobs are growing fast

June 11, 2014
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R. Graham  

"Hopefully, this indicates a shift to more productive ways of delivering care. However, the perverse incentives in Obamacare (which cut hospital payments bluntly) caution against optimism. Furthermore, the government-medical complex continues to provide safe employment, despite much wailing from the trenches. The unemployment rate among workers in education and health services is just 3.9 percent. Only government workers (3.0 percent) and those in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (2.6 percent) are doing better." (06/10/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pmpee95  

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About that high-quality insurance

June 10, 2014
posted by

David Henderson EconLog
by David Henderson  

"Paul Krugman writes: 'the quality of insurance has gone up, too, because canceled policies were canceled because they offered little real protection.' Of course, as with much of what Paul writes about ObamaCare, he doesn't back up this assertion. So let me tell you a true story about a friend of my wife's in coastal California. Her husband is a contractor and so they buy their own insurance. Their old insurance policy didn't comply with the new ObamaCare rules and so they had to buy insurance through Covered California." (06/09/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/06/about_that_high.html  

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Data discrepancies found in roughly one in four applications for Obamacare

June 5, 2014
posted by

PBS NewsHour [US state media]    

"Roughly a quarter of Americans who signed up for private health insurance under President Obama’s health care law has inconsistent data in their applications, which could lead to them potentially losing coverage, according to government officials. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a new report identifying the discrepancies, which were first reported by the Associated Press. It showed that roughly 1.2 million enrollees filed applications with questionable income data, while roughly another million had problems with either their citizenship or immigration information." (06/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qg2bwk7  

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Obamacare motivates insurers to shun the sickest patients

June 3, 2014
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R. Graham  

"Readers of this blog know that we have long warned that Obamacare creates incentives for insurers to avoid covering the sickest patients. Insurers are not allowed to charge premiums appropriate for applicants’ expected medical claims. This is somewhat mitigated by a limited open-enrolment period. However, if applicants have chronic diseases, the rate-restriction provision gives insurers little protection. Although Obamacare has three methods for transferring money to insurers that over-enroll sick patients, none eliminates the incentives for insurers to design plans that are unattractive to the very sick." (06/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m36xq3m  

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OR: Kitzhaber may sue Oracle over state’s failed ObamaCare exchange

May 30, 2014
posted by

Fox News    

"Gov. John Kitzhaber said Thursday he's seeking a lawsuit against Oracle Corp. over Oregon's online health insurance enrollment system, the failure of which embarrassed the state and resulted in multiple investigations. In a letter to Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, Kitzhaber said he's fired state managers in charge of Cover Oregon, and now it's time to hold accountable the website's main technology contractor. 'This is a very serious decision taking on a very large corporation, the second largest software corporation in the world, but I do not believe they've delivered for the State of Oregon,' Kitzhaber told The Associated Press during an interview in his state Capitol office." (05/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nj89rbh  

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The biggest myths of ObamaCare

May 29, 2014
posted by

John R. Graham National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R. Graham  

"Four years after its passage, Obamacare has now been largely implemented, and millions have had their coverage disrupted. For years, the administration has propagated a number of myths about Obamacare. Some have already crumbled, and others will fall as Obamacare continues to change the American health system." (05/29/14)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ib144  

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Once again, government replaces real aid

May 29, 2014
posted by

Mary Theroux Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux  

"The history of the growth of government is riddled with government programs driving out well-functioning arrangements for the private provision of assistance and social services, including welfare, healthcare and hospital services, unemployment assistance, disaster relief and more. So it should come as no surprise that now Obamacare is doing the same." (05/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lx7zfvm  

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Obamacare’s “bailout” of insurers is still a live, moving target

May 21, 2014
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R. Graham  

"The Obama administration continues to move the goalposts of the so-called 'bailout' of health insurance companies that lose money in the Obamacare exchanges. Formally labelled 'risk corridors,' the bailouts are a process by which the administration will take money from insurers that profit more than expected in the exchanges, and transfer that money to insurers that lose more money than expected. Unfortunately, taxpayers are at risk because the revenue coming into the risk corridors is determined by insurance premiums, whereas the payouts are determined by medical claims. If, overall, the insurers charged premiums that are too low, the risk corridors will suffer deficits." (05/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ksjs9wq  

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A 2003 law blunts the worst of Obamacare

May 20, 2014
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R. Graham  

"Although it’s hard to believe, Obamacare could have been worse. Fortunately, we still have tools that result from a 2003 law, which now benefit over 26 million Americans. These tools bent the curve of health spending and gave more choices and control of health-care dollars to patients. These tools are called Consumer-Driven Health Plans and Health Savings Accounts." (05/19/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=4982  

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If you like your (medical) privacy you can(‘t) keep it

May 16, 2014
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign for Liberty
by Norm Singleton  

"Of all the problems with Obamacare, one of the most serious, and least discussed, is the threat the bill poses to medical privacy. Obamacare gives the IRS authority to enforce the 'individual mandate.' This means the IRS (yes THAT IRS) will collect medical information about millions of Americans." (05/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lk7f3p7  

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