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  • Fix Medicare Physician Payment, But Fund It With Structural Reforms

    Medicare physicians will soon face a 24 percent pay cut.  The statutory formula that updates Medicare physician payment, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), requires it. The purpose of the formula is “sustainable growth”, meaning that Medicare physician payment is to track growth in the general economy, as measured by the … More

    Solve Medicare's Payment Problem, But Protect the Doctor-Patient Relationship

    This year Medicare physicians face a 24 percent pay cut. The reason:  Medicare payment is fixed by statute, including the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) update formula. And, as in the past, that Medicare formula requires another deep cut. While complex, the SGR formula basically attempts to limit the growth in … More

    It's Official—HHS Says Obamacare Is a Hardship

    The latest announcement from the Obama Administration has confirmed what so many Americans already know: Obamacare is a hardship. With millions of reported insurance cancellations, unbalanced by just 500,000 sign-ups for coverage on the Administration’s excuse for a website, the White House is or should be in full panic mode. … More

    Senator Reid’s Special Obamacare Staff Exemption

    In case you didn’t think it could get any worse, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) is apparently exempting his congressional leadership and committee staff from Obamacare, which specifically provides that “notwithstanding any other provision of law, all Members of Congress and congressional staff shall enroll in a Federal health … More

    Congress and Obamacare: A Big Double Standard

    Are lawmakers and  their personal staffs “exempt” from Obamacare, as some conservative critics are saying? Well, not exactly. Members of Congress and their staffs  must be enrolled in the Obamacare exchange plans effective January 1, 2014.   Under Section 1312 (D) of the Affordable Care Act,   they can no longer get … More

    Medicare Reform that Saves Seniors and Taxpayers Money

    America’s finances are in a mess, and Medicare is one of the main reasons. But the good news—just confirmed by the Congressional Budget Office—is that there’s a way to save money for Medicare patients and taxpayers. Our health care spending crisis is largely due to the structural deficiencies and demographic … More

    The Vitter Amendment on Obamacare: Senate Liberals’ Curious Complaint

    Last week, Senator David Vitter (R–LA) proposed an amendment that would end exemptions for White House political appointees and stop illegal taxpayer subsidies for Congress and staff enrolled in Obamacare’s new health insurance exchanges. In other words, political appointees, Members of Congress, and their staffs would receive the same coverage … More

    Senator Vitter’s Response to Obamacare’s Outrageous Exemptions

    Here’s a simple democratic principle: Those who make the laws should be subject to the laws they make. The Problem. President Obama, the White House staff, Cabinet secretaries, and all of the Administration’s political appointees are exempt from any legal requirement to enroll in Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges. While Members … More

    The Royal Baby and Class-Based Health Care

    On Monday, Duchess Kate gave birth to royal baby Prince George in a private suite in the posh Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital for a cool $9,600 a night. And while we’re sure the duchess received excellent (private) health care, for ordinary Britons enrolled in the public National Health … More

    Medicare Trustees Report Gives Seniors, Taxpayers a Bleak Future

    The 2013 Medicare trustees report reconfirms a basic fact: Seniors and taxpayers face a bleak future. The trustees project that Medicare’s share of the economy will almost triple over the next 75 years, forcing higher taxes to pay for an ever growing program. The recent slowdown in health care spending … More