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  • Side Effects: Obamacare Spreads the Wealth by Cutting Medicare

    Is Granny “disposable”? Some seniors may get that impression once Obamacare kicks in. As noted in a recent Wall Street Journal article, the new law cuts $200 billion from Medicare Advantage, a public-private “hybrid” of Medicare.  As a result, more than 11 million seniors will likely see their Medicare Advantage … More

    The CLASS Act: Obamacare’s Other Public Option

    The American people made it clear during the recent health care debate that they were leery of a public option. But included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed by Congress is the CLASS Act, a public option of a different sort: a government-run long-term care entitlement. … More

    Reduced Use of Health Care Could Cut Costs—That Is, Until Obamacare Makes Its Mark

    The President signed Obamacare into law last March as an attempt to get spending and costs under control, but the new law will likely fail at this mission. In fact, The Wall Street Journal reports that, in recent months, Americans have already begun to cut back on health care usage, … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Causes Some Insurers to Stop Offering Coverage for Kids

    The effects of Obamacare are getting weirder with each passing month. Now, new requirements created by the law are causing some insurers to consider no longer offering “child-only” policies to avoid having to raise rates. Most children are covered by parents’ employer-provided insurance or by government programs. But some parents … More

    Side Effects: Small Businesses Won’t Find a Friend in Obamacare

    One of the promises of Obamacare was that it would give folks working in small businesses access to affordable care. Unfortunately, like so much else in the law, it doesn’t look like that’s going to work very well. To solve the problems small firms have with finding affordable health coverage, Obamacare … More

    Side Effects: Premium Hikes for Arizona State Employees, Courtesy of Obamacare

    Arizona v. President Obama. This time it’s not about immigration but health care. A recent letter from the Arizona Department of Administration to 135,000 state employees informed them that, depending on their type of coverage, they can expect their monthly health insurance costs to jump by as much as 37 … More

    Another Public Option? How Many Do We Need?

    The public option has reared its head once again. Last week, H.R. 5808 was introduced in the House Ways and Means Committee to add a public option to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The plan would be administered by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Payment … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Encouraging Insurers to Cut Corners

    With or without Obamacare, health insurance costs are on the rise.  And that has businesses searching for more affordable options. One increasingly popular option: health plans covering services provided by a relatively small number of participating doctors and hospitals.  These plans are most attractive to small employers, but The New … More

    Side Effects: House Fix Is Just the Beginning to Plugging the Holes in Obamacare

    Though Democrats’ health care bill has already been signed into law, work on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is anything but complete. Last Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would make several technical corrections to the health bill hastily passed last March. The authors of the … More

    Obamacare Is Not Entitlement Reform

    The United States faces financial collapse due to out-of-control government spending, and entitlement programs have a lot to do with it. Washington has promised more than it could ever possibly deliver. Medicare in particular puts the government on the hook for $38 trillion in long-term unfunded liabilities, and reform to … More