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  • Side Effects: The Obamacare Threat to Your Liberty

    Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that several health insurers “plan to raise premiums for some Americans as a direct result of the health overhaul.” Starting this year, Obamacare prohibits plans from placing lifetime limits on coverage, severely limits rescissions, and requires all plans to cover children up to … More

    Side Effects: Fuzzy Math Won’t Bend the Health Care Cost Curve

    Obamacare will force health care spending to rise faster and higher over the next decade than if Congress had just left the nation’s health system unchanged.  That’s according to a recent report from the Office of the Actuary at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The report projects the … More

    Side Effects: More Americans Will Feel the Pain of Medicaid’s Shortcomings

    Lawmakers shoved through Obamacare on the promise that it would decrease the number of uninsured Americans. The new law does this by expanding Medicaid’s eligibility to cover an additional 16 million Americans by 2019, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).  However, recent analysis from former CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Widens Health Care Disparities

    In a recent op-ed in the Spanish media, President Barack Obama espoused the new health reform law would ensure that minorities like Latinos would have access to health care services through better coverage options. However, the President left out that the bulk of this “coverage” is pushing many Hispanic and … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare’s Small Business Tax Credits Won't Go The Distance

    Will more small businesses be able to offer their workers health coverage under Obamacare?  The legislation creates a tax credit to encourage just that.  But a new report from The Commonwealth Fund says it probably won’t help much. Though small firms eligible for some level of the tax credit employ … More

    Obamacare and the Medicare Bureaucracy: A Dangerous Duo

    While Medicare held the spotlight for much of the debate over health care reform last year, the changes to the health care program for seniors and the disabled that were most widely acknowledged were the $575 billion in cuts to the program.  These cuts threaten to result in reduced benefits … More

    Side Effects: More Bad News for Those Who Like Their Current Coverage

    When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Americans would have to wait until Congress passed Obamacare to find out what was in it, she wasn’t kidding. Since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Car Act nearly six months ago, Americans have been faced daily reality checks from the … More

    Social Security: Waving the Bloody Shirt Will Delay Needed Reform

    Following the Civil War, the Republican Party won elections by characterizing their opponents as the party responsible for the conflict. These fear tactics carried the GOP to several successes over the course of about 20 years. This election strategy is still alive and well today. Now, it’s liberals who are “waving … More

    The Medicare Bureaucracy: Ready To Disrupt Seniors’ Drug Coverage

    “If you like your health care plan you can keep it.”  This was a mantra from President Obama throughout the health care debate.  The President also promised that his health care overhaul would not affect seniors’ benefits. But, despite all the promises, a new report from Avalere Health shows that, … More

    Side Effects: Future of Private Insurance Rests in Secretary Sebelius’ Hands

    Obamacare requires insurers to meet a federally-specified medical loss ratio.  That is, they must spend a certain percentage of premiums on medical expenses.  The remainder can be used to cover administrative costs and, if there’s anything left, profits.  But if insurers don’t shell out enough in medical losses to meet … More