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  • Federal Bailouts of Medicaid Encourage the Unsustainable Status Quo

    In the past few months, the Senate has made several attempts to extend the Medicaid bailout included in the stimulus package. States share the cost of Medicaid with the federal government, and because of the influx of new beneficiaries due to increased job loss, the federal government increased the portion … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Could Punish Docs for Better Quality Care

    “Pay-for-performance” medicine has gained popularity in recent years, and Obamacare makes it a reality for Medicare enrollees.  But that’s not necessarily a good thing. Pay-for-performance allows third parties to pay physicians based on treatment outcomes.  In theory, this sounds like a great way to encourage doctors to improve outcomes.  But … More

    Side Effects: Medicaid Reimbursement Crisis Hits Texas

    Obamacare promises that, some years down the road, every American will have health insurance. But the whole point of having health insurance is to get medical care when you need it, and that’s not part of the Obamacare promise. The new law aims to use Medicaid to cover 16 million … More

    Bigger Government and More Spending? America Isn’t Buying It

    Still in the midst of a recession, the United States finds itself at a crossroads regarding which path will lead to economic growth and job creation. There are two choices: further government involvement and a stronger role for Washington—accompanied by higher taxes and heavier regulation—or the path of less government, … More

    Side Effects: IRS and Businesses Unite Against Obamacare?

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently unearthed yet another undesirable side effect of Obamacare—one that will hit the taxman as well as business owners. The Taxpayer Advocate Service, “an independent organization within the IRS whose employees assist taxpayers,” reports that both the IRS and taxpayers will have trouble complying with … More

    Commission Should Focus on Bipartisan Solutions to Social Security Reform

    Serious doubts surround President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, which has been tasked to make recommendations to Congress to reduce the federal deficit. Many fear that the commission will recommend the creation of a value-added tax (VAT) or similar tax increases to pay for Washington’s reckless spending. … More

    Rep. Paul Ryan Walks the Walk on Fiscal Reform

    Lawmakers in Washington are quick to talk the talk of fiscal reform these days. Solutions to the nation’s abysmal financial outlook are at the tip of everyone’s tongue, and even Democrats have conceded that maybe conservatives were right when pointing out that the United States doesn’t have a tax problem … More

    One Hundred Days Later: The Best Way Forward with Obamacare is to End It

    Exactly one hundred days ago today, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law.  The President promised that the law would extend access to high quality care to the millions of uninsured Americans, while at the same reducing costs and overall health spending. Forget it. It’s … More

    Battle Over Health Care Reform Has Only Just Begun

    Before passage of the president’s health care legislation in March, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) infamously exclaimed that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”  It has now been months since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became law, and … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare's Exploding Medicaid Costs

    The states are in Big Trouble. While Americans are fearful of record federal deficits, the states also are facing increased costs. Most of the exponential growth comes from increased Medicaid costs, and the taxpayers in the states are going to pay for it. A new Deloitte study gives predictions that … More