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  • New Congress Begins Fight to Repeal Obamacare and Get Health Care Reform Right

    As the 112th Congress begins, the new majority in the House of Representatives has already unveiled plans to repeal Obamacare and start over with health care reform. Obamacare moves the United States health care system in the wrong direction, and to get reform right, Congress should start by repealing this … More

    A New Year and a New Direction for Health Care Reform

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became the law of the land in 2010, but debate over its existence and implementation will rage on in the New Year.  The law’s serious policy flaws are already impacting health insurance and costs, but these are part of a deeper and broader … More

    To Reform Health Care and Restore Fiscal Responsibility, Don’t Forget Medicaid

    In 2010, both health care reform and the need for deficit reduction gained the policy spotlight. What was largely neglected as a crucial part of both of these discussions, however, is the need to reform Medicaid, the federal–state health program for low-income Americans. Recommendations to put the nation’s fiscal house … More

    Breaking Health Care Research: A New Way Forward in Medicare Reform

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) will impact every corner of the health care system, especially Medicare. Unfortunately, the new law speeds the program’s travel in the wrong direction by building upon existing problems and creating new ones. There’s a better way to restore Medicare, as Heritage’s … More

    Side Effects: Number of Waivers Grows As a Result of Obamacare Authors’ Sloppy Handiwork

    Jamie Dupree recently reported for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the number of waivers granted by the Obama Administration for a certain provision in the new health care law has now reached 222. That’s double the amount of just three weeks ago. The waivers apply to a provision of Obamacare prohibiting … More

    Doctors Avoid Medicare Pay Cut for Another Year—but Then What?

    Senate leaders reached an agreement Monday to delay cuts to physician reimbursement rates under Medicare for one year. The details of the negotiations have yet to be ironed out, but if the deal makes it through Congress, doctors will avert a 23 percent pay cut scheduled for January 1. Heritage … More

    Side Effects: What Doctors Have to Say About Obamacare

    No one is more familiar with the health care system than doctors. So what do they have to say about Obamacare? Nothing good, according to a recent survey. The Physicians Foundation found that “rather than a sign of progress, the survey suggests that most physicians view health reform as a … More

    Time’s up for the President’s Deficit Commission

    Today marks the deadline for the President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform to vote on a proposal to reduce the federal deficit and put runaway entitlement spending on a sustainable path. From the current looks of things, it is unlikely that the labors of the bipartisan commission will … More

    One More Step toward the Right Medicare and Medicaid Reforms

    The President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is not set to release its final recommendations on how best to tackle deficit spending and entitlement reform until December 1. However, several of its members have already gone public with proposals to reduce runaway spending and put Medicare and Medicaid, … More

    Social Security Shortfall Is Real and Best Addressed Now

    Both liberals and conservatives agree that Social Security’s coming fiscal problems need to be addressed soon or they will only grow worse. A recent analysis for the Pew Charitable Trusts by Charles Blahous, one of the two public trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds, and Robert Greenstein, … More