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    Paying for Obamacare: Kicking the Can Down the Road to Future Generations

    Health care reform was supposed to lower health care spending while expanding access for the uninsured.  Instead, though Obamacare will cost taxpayers trillions, it will do little to address the rising cost of care.  The government overhaul will not only have large and immediate negative effects for Americans of every … More

    Tax Extenders Bill Still Contains Irresponsible Spending Increases and Dangerous Tax Hikes

    Congressional leaders have responded to the backlash against the original $174 billion cost of the “tax extenders” bill by reducing its cost by $47 billion. Even with the reduction, the bill will still add $84 billion to the deficit over the next decade. They have reduced the amount of spending … More

    Morning Bell: This Congress Has No Shame

    On February 4, 2010, pushing for passage of her pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) legislation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on the House floor: “When I became Speaker of the House, the very first day we passed legislation that made PAYGO the rule of the House. Today we will make it the … More

    Obamacare's Cooked Books and the "Doc Fix"

    The Obama administration continues to insist (see this post from White House budget director Peter Orszag) that the recently enacted health-care law will reduce the federal budget deficit by $100 billion over ten years and by ten times that amount in the second decade of implementation. They cite the Congressional … More

    Obamacare: A Hard Pill to Swallow for Physicians

    The negative effects of Obamacare will impact every American.  However, it is those who are the very backbone of the United States’ high-quality health care system who will be most severely affected: physicians.  In a recent paper, Heritage’s health policy expert Robert Moffit, Ph.D., details the changes American doctors can … More

    Side Effects: Pre-Existing Physician Payment Problems Persist

    No one can criticize the Obamacare legislation for being too short.  But even at 2K+ pages, the new law fails to address some major problems with the health system.  One of these is the flawed formula Congress created years ago to determine how much the Medicare payment physicians receive for … More

    Senate Health Care Timeline

    Obamacare is still just one signature away from becoming law, but the battle over its repeal has already begun.  Key to this debate will be which elements of Obamacare phase in when. Back in December after Obamacare first passed the Senate, Heritage Foundation scholar Robert Book  produced the following chart … More

    Obamacare Will Break the Bank, Not Cut the Deficit

    The White House and its congressional allies are trying to suggest that the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate proves that their health-care plan is fiscally responsible. But, in fact, the latest CBO projections confirm — again — that the President’s health plan would pile more another unfinanced entitlement … More

    Six Ways the Senate Health Care Bill Raises Health Care Costs, Kills Jobs, and Weakens the Economy

    On the eve of the House of Representatives push to jam through the misguided and highly unpopular Senate health care bill, , the President continues to try and convince the American people that the health care bill would reduce cost while showing his commitment to creating jobs and improving the … More

    Health Care Provisions Buried in The Unemployment Benefits Extenders Bill

    Congressional liberals are working overtime. In case you missed it, hidden behind the non-stop news coverage of the health care debate, the Senate-passed extenders bill includes several health care provisions that follow the same flawed policies of the big Stimulus Bill. Once again, these provisions  move the health care system … More