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    Census Numbers: The Trend Toward Government Coverage Continues

    In its yearly survey of health insurance coverage, the U.S. Census Bureau published figures that underscore the trend toward greater dependence on government for coverage. The percentage of Americans on government health programs continues to grow, while employer-based coverage continues to decline. According to the latest Census report, 31 percent … More

    CMS Projections Confirm Runaway Health Care Spending

    Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its new projections of national health spending trends through 2020. The findings, which estimate health care spending to reach more than $4 trillion by 2020, come as no surprise: Runaway spending has overtaken the United States health care system and … More

    Recession Accelerates Shift Towards Greater Control of Washington in Health Care

    While overall health care spending slowed in 2009, it is the underlying trend that is more troubling: the continuing decline in private coverage and the steady increase in government health care. These trends will only accelerate under Obamacare. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), total health … More

    The Verdict Is In: Medicare Advantage Will Suffer Under Obamacare

    The outlook for seniors’ Medicare Advantage (MA) plans is grim under the new health care law. Though seniors’ premiums will drop 1 percent in the new year, this will be the exception to the rule over the next decade. Medicare Advantage is a popular alternative to traditional fee-for-service, allowing seniors … More

    How Much More Can They Get Wrong? The New Obamacare Impact Calculator Answers

    There’s been a lot of misinformation when it comes to the new health care law—but not in the way Obamacare supporters have been claiming. We heard early on in the health reform debate that a massive overhaul of the private health care sector would bend the health care cost downward. … More

    Side Effects: Fuzzy Math Won’t Bend the Health Care Cost Curve

    Obamacare will force health care spending to rise faster and higher over the next decade than if Congress had just left the nation’s health system unchanged.  That’s according to a recent report from the Office of the Actuary at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The report projects the … More

    Obamacare: The Real Price Tag is a Moving Target

    Two new studies highlight the growing concern that the true cost for Obamacare is greater than originally anticipated.  Last week, a new report from the Office of the Actuary at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revised its estimates—exposing yet again that the new law will mean more … More

    Medicaid May Bust State Budgets Next Year

    The Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just updated national health spending projections as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). While many of its estimates are disconcerting, one estimate in particular is eye-popping and will be unwelcome news … 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

    More Inconvenient Obamacare Truths

    Last week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final cost projections for Obamacare, finding that, contrary to White House claims, the legislation will increase national health spending by $311 billion over the next decade and will cause 14 million Americans to lose their current employer-based health … More