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    Funding the Medicare SGR Fix: Forget the “Funny Money”

    House and Senate leaders have forged a bill (H.R. 4015/S. 2000) to repeal Medicare’s unworkable physician payment update formula, known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). While the flawed SGR should be repealed, it should be done right. The legislation, however, falls far short of what should be done. Moreover, … More

    The Conservative Alternative to Obamacare

    Dear friends, We’ve been very critical of Obamacare because it’s hurting Americans. But that has caused some to ask, “What’s your alternative?” The truth is, we’ve always had alternatives, but our critics weren’t ready to listen. Now, the disastrous rollout of Obamacare has a lot of people asking for alternatives … More

    Medicare Reform that Saves Seniors and Taxpayers Money

    America’s finances are in a mess, and Medicare is one of the main reasons. But the good news—just confirmed by the Congressional Budget Office—is that there’s a way to save money for Medicare patients and taxpayers. Our health care spending crisis is largely due to the structural deficiencies and demographic … More

    What You Need to Know About the Debt Limit

    The Congressional Budget Office just dropped a budget update on Washington, and it’s not good. The U.S. government is spending recklessly—and Obamacare is adding fuel to the fire. The new report comes at a crucial time, as negotiations over the debt limit are starting up again. Here are some basics … More

    Health Care Spending Crisis Coming; Obamacare Adding Fuel to the Fire

    Today’s Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report reiterates the long-standing and obvious fact that there is a health care spending crisis approaching, resulting largely from the structurally flawed Medicare program and made significantly worse by Obamacare’s new unfunded entitlement spending. The key points: Medicare spending is unsustainable, but it’s even more … More

    Obamacare, Health Costs, and Jobs

    Yesterday, the Brookings Institution released updated statistics on the role of health care jobs in the broader economy. The study’s findings provide interesting grist for the ongoing debate about Obamacare’s impact on jobs. Three theories follow from the data. 1. Obamacare Has Not Affected Health Care Jobs The chart showing … More

    House vs. Senate Budget: What a Balanced Budget Looks Like (CHART)

    This week, the budget committees of both chambers of Congress released their budgets ahead of President Obama’s budget—marking the first time in 92 years that Congress kicked off the budget process instead of the President. The House budget, under the helm of Chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI), delivers a balanced budget … More

    No, Obamacare Does Not Lower Health Care Spending

    Obamacare supporters tend to give credit to the law where credit is not due. In the latest attempt, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D–WA) tried to link lower projections for Medicare and Medicaid spending to the Affordable Care Act. During today’s hearing on the recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) … More

    Health Care Spending Remains Stable, but Not for Long

    Health care spending actually didn’t skyrocket in 2011–but just wait. This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary released the National Health Expenditures report for 2011. The report shows that growth in national health spending remained relatively low in 2011, growing at 3.9 percent. … More

    Side Effects: Premiums Will Rise Because of Obamacare

    By now, most Americans who have been following the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) realize that the health care overhaul is going to cause health insurance premiums to increase. Even President Obama admitted that his health care plan was “going to increase our costs—we knew … More