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    Hearing Exposes Obamacare's Implementation Challenges for States

    Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing to discuss the implementation of Obamacare’s exchanges and Medicaid expansion, both of which are slated to begin in 2014. Exchanges Two officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expressed confidence that exchange implementation was on schedule, stating, “All … More

    Medicare Cuts vs. Medicare Reform

    As the discussions over the fiscal cliff continue, the debate over entitlement reform is getting confused. The issue is not only how much savings constitutes reform, but also the underlying policies that get you there. Thus far in the fiscal cliff negotiations, Republicans have pushed for greater spending cuts, namely … More

    Morning Bell: Deadline for States to Claim Their Role in Obamacare

    Tomorrow is an important day for Obamacare. It’s the deadline for states to declare their intentions about setting up their own health insurance exchanges for residents to purchase insurance under the new regime. If a state does not set up an exchange, the federal government will come in and set … More

    Saving Medicare: New Legislation from Retiring Congressman Herger

    Retiring House Ways and Mean Health Care Subcommittee chairman Wally Herger (R–CA) has introduced the most complete and detailed major Medicare reform proposal in a decade. Herger leaves a rich legacy with the Save and Strengthen Medicare Act (H.R. 6645). The bill moves Medicare to a defined-contribution model with competition … More

    Americans Recognize Obamacare's Religious Liberty Problem

    Americans see the problem with the religious liberty violation at the leading edge of Obamacare implementation, according to a new poll released by Rasmussen Reports this week. The poll shows that by a margin of 46–41, likely American voters support a religious exemption for churches, religious organizations, and businesses from … More

    Obamacare May Hike Your Pet's Health Care Bills

    American health care consumers aren’t the only ones who will be hit by slated Obamacare tax hikes. Medical bills for their pets may go up as well. According to a rule published Friday by the Internal Revenue Service, some medical devices used in veterinary practices will be hit by Obamacare’s … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Threatens the Future of Health Care Cost Containment

    Employers’ health benefit cost growth had the smallest increase in 15 years—only 4.1 percent in 2012 compared to 6.1 percent in 2011—according to Mercer’s National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans. The lower-than-usual increase in costs is attributed, in part, to increased usage of consumer-directed health plans (CDHP). Despite this, many … More

    Medicaid Is Failing the People It Is Intended to Help

    Heritage’s Kevin Dayaratna finds in a recent survey of academic literature that “Medicaid’s so-called safety net cripples the very people it is designed to help.” The structural flaws in the program produce a cascade of failures, starting with underpaid and overburdened doctors, which produces longer waits for care, in turn … More

    Obamacare Insurance Exchanges: States Have Options

    Governor John Kasich (R) is expected to opt not to set up a state Obamacare exchange. This is the right decision for Ohio. The President’s health care law is unworkable and unsustainable. Rejecting the health insurance exchanges, and equally as important, the Medicaid expansion, are two opportunities states have to … More

    Morning Bell: The Fiscal Cliff and Beyond

    In Washington, there is one issue on everyone’s minds: the “fiscal cliff.” With time running out before a massive tax hike strikes on January 1, and wide-ranging budget cuts scheduled to hit at the same time, the economy is bracing for another storm. Today, five public policy organizations including The … More