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  • A Temporary Medicare SGR “Patch” Is Better Than Permanent Deficits

    House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) have just reached an agreement on a temporary, 12-month Medicare “doc fix” that would block a 24 percent cut in Medicare physician payment, which was scheduled to go into effect on April 1. It would also keep Medicare … More

    Medicare: An Irresponsible "Doc Fix" Could Cost $2.3 Trillion—or More

    Flawed solutions to complex health policy problems can be very costly. Scrutinize, therefore, the congressional compromise legislation (H.R. 4015 and S. 2000) to repeal the unworkable Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which updates Medicare payments to physicians. The initial 10-year cost of the SGR repeal legislation would be $138 billion, … More

    The Flawed SGR Replacement Bill: A Missed Opportunity

    This Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on HR 4015, a bill that would replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)—the formula used to update Medicare payment for doctors. A Missed Opportunity By stabilizing physician payments and preventing a 24 percent payment cut, this new bill is … More

    Congress and Obamacare: Another Escape Hatch for Members and Staff

    If Members of Congress and staff don’t like being enrolled in Obamacare, they can retire. If they qualify as retirees, Members and staff can then continue to get their health insurance coverage in the popular and successful Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), the largest group health insurance program in … More

    Funding the Medicare SGR Fix: Forget the “Funny Money”

    House and Senate leaders have forged a bill (H.R. 4015/S. 2000) to repeal Medicare’s unworkable physician payment update formula, known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). While the flawed SGR should be repealed, it should be done right. The legislation, however, falls far short of what should be done. Moreover, … More

    Not One Dime of Deficit Spending to Fund Medicare’s SGR Replacement

    Members of Congress have come to an agreement to replace the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula with a new system that would reward quality over mere quantity in the delivery of medical services. But the proposed replacement of SGR would entail an estimated $150 billion of additional Medicare spending … More

    For Health Insurance Portability, Policy Differences Matter

    A CBO report this week projected that under Obamacare, the collective reduction in hours worked by millions of Americans would be equivalent to a loss of 2.5 million full-time workers. Both Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers at the White House and Alex Wagner of MSNBC have … More

    The New Medicare SGR Bill: Time for Close Scrutiny and Fiscal Responsibility

    House and Senate negotiators have just come to an agreement on a policy framework to repeal the unworkable Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which annually updates Medicare payment for doctors, and replace it with a new payment program. According to a joint press release issued today by the Senate … More

    Replacing the Medicare SGR: Why Congress Should Expand Options for Doctors and Patients

    Currently three major congressional committees are working feverishly to finalize language to repeal and replace the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Whether they will succeed in protecting the practice of medicine from intrusive government interference remains to be seen. The Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 created the SGR physician … More

    Obamacare Hits 'Target': Why More Coverage Cancellations Are Coming

    Bulls-eye. Target, one of the nation’s largest retail companies, just announced its decision to drop coverage for their part-time employees. For workers losing their coverage, they’ll get a $500 contribution toward new coverage. Under Obamacare, part-time employees are defined as those who work 30 hours or less each week. Target … More