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  • Greenspan: Time to Hit the Brakes on Federal Spending

    Many Americans mistake the United States’ capability to borrow money as an indicator that our nation is incapable of incurring the same fiscal mess Greece currently finds itself in.  In reality, this isn’t so, and this mentality could prove dangerous for America’s future if used to placate lawmakers regarding the … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Discourages Docs

    The United States faces a major physician shortage, and it will only get worse.  Aging baby boomers will create a growing demand for medical services at the same time Obamacare comes on line with its new demands. Complicating matters is the fact that many physicians are also baby boomers—meaning part … More

    In Medical Malpractice Reform, States Should Shirk the Washington Way

    It’s long been established that part of controlling rising health care spending in the United States will mean enacting meaningful medical malpractice, or “tort”, reform.  Though tort reform is not a silver bullet to creating savings, it is one of many changes vital to containing patients’ medical costs. Unfortunately, in … More

    Side Effects: Regulatory Pillow to Smother Grandfathered Plans

    The Department of Health and Human Services has rolled out regulations governing health plans in effect prior to the passage of Obamacare.  You know, the plans that “if you like it, you can keep it?” The new regs will mostly affect the 170 million-plus Americans who carry employer-sponsored coverage.  The … More

    Social Security in the Red

    In February, we reported that in 2010, Social Security would start running deficits in 2010.  Well, Social Security deficits have officially arrived, as analyst Michael Barone lays out in the Washington Examiner: Social Security tax receipts for the first half of 2010: $346.9 billion; Social Security benefits payments for the … More

    Side Effects: Donut Hole Hold-Up

    Last Thursday, the White House trumpeted Obamacare’s first step in closing the Medicare “donut hole.” Checks in the amount of $250 were sent to 80,000 seniors in the “hole”—a gap in Medicare’s coverage of prescription drug benefits for seniors. Ultimately, Washington will cut 4 million of these checks, totaling $1 … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Adds to the Ranks of the Uninsured

    Imagine if Washington applied Obamacare’s regulatory approach to car sales. Forget choosing your ride based on your own needs and what you can afford. Instead, your wheels would be dictated by what Uncle Sam thought was best for you. For example, you might want—and be willing to pay for—a Mercedes, … More

    Side Effects: Like Your HSA? Enjoy it While You Can

    All presidential assurances to the contrary, you can’t keep what no longer exists—not even health coverage you like. Millions of people like Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) paired with high-deductible insurance plans.  The approach is so popular, in fact, that it’s the fastest growing type of coverage in the country.  But … More

    Yes, Mr. President, You Can Cut Spending

    Today, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and budget director Peter Orszag released a joint memo asking government agencies to create lists of ineffective programs with the intention of enacting future budget cuts of 5 percent. This initiative follows in the footsteps of proposed legislation that would give the … More

    Lessons from Canada: Stay Away from Nationalized Medicine

    The United States isn’t the only country in North America grappling with the fiscal problems caused by an aging population and mounting federal deficits—Canada faces a similar fate.  The difference is that, while the United States just passed a $1 trillion-plus government overhaul of health care, incorrectly justified by claims … More