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  • States Fighting Back Against Obamacare: Virginia

    Although President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law , the battle against the federal takeover of health care is far from over.  To the contrary, states continue to fight against the vast overreach of Washington marked by the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable … More

    Calling Doctor Berwick: We Have A Mild Case of Rationing

    Dr. Donald Berwick may not be a household name yet, but if he is confirmed as the head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the position for which he was nominated by President Obama, he may soon determine the direction of health care of millions of Americans. So … More

    The Time is Now for Social Security Reform

    Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its Social Security Policy Options report, which highlights some of the proposals made by policymakers and legislators to restore the Social Security program to long-term sustainability. Social Security, which provides living assistance to retired workers and those with disabilities, is in need of … More

    Deficit Reduction Isn’t Just a Matter of the Right Policy—Politics Matter, Too

    At this point, Americans on every imaginable side of the deficit debate agree that federal spending is out of control. Something must be done—but the question is, what, and how, and by whom? Lawmakers on Capitol Hill talk about deficit reduction an awful lot—so why haven’t they done anything about … More

    CBO: Obamacare Unlikely to Reduce Spending on Health Care

    Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office released its annual long-term Budget Outlook, which provides a look at mandatory federal spending on health care after passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. One may have expected to see drastic changes after the passage of Obamacare.  After all, this legislation was … More

    If Deficit Commission Is Serious, They Ought to Look at Welfare Reform

    Today, Heritage budget expert Brian Riedl testified before the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, more commonly known as President Obama’s “deficit commission.” The commission has been tasked to offer suggestions to reduce the federal deficit—a necessity which was proven even more serious today by the release of the … More

    Price Transparency in Health Care: Will it Bend the Cost Curve?

    Recently, the New York Times highlighted a booming trend toward greater price transparency in medicine thanks to up-and-comers such as Castlight, a new company aiming to create a search engine of health care prices.  Others sharing in this endeavor include both public and private entities in Tennessee and New Hampshire, … More

    Telling Congress to Reduce the Deficit by Cutting Spending

    On Saturday, June 26, America Speaks will host a national town hall meeting in which any and all Americans will be able to voice their opinions on the federal budget and the devastating effects that Washington’s growing deficits will have on the U.S. economy.  The discussion will focus on ways … More

    Speak Out on Out-of-Control Spending

    This upcoming Saturday, AmericaSpeaks, a non-partisan organization devoted to re-energizing democracy in the U.S., will hold a nationwide discussion on the federal budget and runaway spending in Washington.  Americans with all viewpoints are encouraged to make their voices heard regarding this crucial aspect of America’s future. With the president’s National … More

    Side Effects: Bureaucracy in a Bind

    Health care is a life-and-death matter.  It’s also a huge part of our economy (one-sixth, to be exact). With so much at stake, it makes sense to “go slow,” when it comes to reforming the system.  But rather than take the time to get it right, the liberal leaders of … More