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  • Obamacare: No Friend of Small Business

    Obamacare was marketed to the American people as health care reform that would expand coverage to reduce the number of uninsured.  One of the ways this would be accomplished, proponents said, was by making it easier for small business to offer insurance.  Small businesses are the backbone of the American … More

    Side Effects: Special Treatment for Congress

    As we noted last week, Congress screwed up the language of their health care bill at their own expense. But, thanks to Obama administration lawyers, members and their immediate personal staff might be able to keep their existing health insurance coverage — for now. The problem, as Heritage and others … More

    Side Effects: It’s Official- Higher Health Care Costs

    Yesterday, the actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency that runs the giant entitlement programs, released their analysis of the new health care law. The AP reports that “White House officials have repeatedly complained that such analyses have been too pessimistic and lowball the law’s … More

    Side Effects: The Catch 22 of Obamacare Risk Pools

    It was one of the most oft-repeated promises of Obamacare:  It will cover people, regardless of pre-existing conditions. But when it came time to make good on that promise, Congress came up short.  Yes, in 2014, the new law prohibits insurers from discriminating against pre-existing conditions—starting in 2014.  But what … More

    Americans Have Every Reason to Doubt Social Security Solvency

    A recent poll by Rasmussen shows that 58 percent of Americans lack confidence that they will receive their promised Social Security benefits in their entirety.  The poll showed just 13 percent feel very confident they will receive their benefits. As usual, the sense of the American people is spot-on.  As … More

    Tax Hikes Wrong Route to Take for Deficit Reduction Commission

    Earlier this year, after Congress passed an increase in the debt ceiling, was deliberating over a trillion plus health care package, and the President’s Budget promised new record deficits, the American people started to see a worrisome trend that pushed fiscal responsibility to the forefront of the public’s priorities.  President … More

    Outside the Beltway: Utah's Successes Highlight Federalism's Benefits

    In the past year, the Congressional health care battle has usurped much of the public discourse on health care reform.  In the mean time, Utah has quietly begun implementing its own version of reform, moving its health care system in a more patient-centered, consumer-driven direction.  In a recent paper, Heritage … More

    Side Effects: The Doctor Is NOT In

    Doctors are becoming increasingly demoralized. And no wonder!  They are losing control over their professional independence and the Washington lobbyists they hire to represent them are collaborators with an increasingly hostile Washington political establishment. While the President repeatedly told Americans that his health agenda would not interfere with their relationship … More

    Europe’s Record Shows VAT is No Solution to Debt

    The United States is on an unsustainable financial course, and everyone seems to know it.  As Heritage highlighted in our recently published 2010 Budget Chart Book, if nothing is done, federal obligations will reach heights that even enormous tax increases will be unable to reverse.  In 2010, the federal budget … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare's "Donut Hole" for Young Adults

    College seniors are eagerly ordering caps and gowns for May graduation ceremonies.  But graduation day often brings loss as well as gain.  Many graduates will lose coverage under their parents’ health plans as soon as they get their diplomas. It wasn’t supposed to be that way.  Obamacare promised to let … More