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    Family Doctor: I Want to Take Care of My Patients

    As a family doctor, I have always believed in treating the whole person. Every person is a unique individual, and you can’t cookie-cutter medical care; it’s individualized. I am concerned about health care under the new law, and my patients are very concerned. Medicine has changed so much in my … More

    Warning: Obamacare May Be Hazardous to Your Health

    We’ve talked a lot about Obamacare’s costs—how it will hurt the economy, kill jobs, and cost you and your family more when you pay for health care. But there’s an even more important cost: your health. Obamacare will affect the quality of care in this country. It will limit the … More

    Morning Bell: Countdown to Obamacare Exchanges

    While America was resting from its labors, the countdown to Obamacare began. In just 27 days, the Obamacare exchanges are scheduled to open, and people who don’t get health insurance through their employers (or through the government already) will start buying coverage. Sixteen states are doing their own insurance exchanges, … More

    How Obamacare—and Big Hospitals—Will Raise Health Costs

    The New York Times published a column highlighting one way Obamacare will raise health costs: by promoting hospital industry consolidation that will force prices higher. The Times highlighted the case of two Chicago-area hospital systems whose merger was investigated by the Federal Trade Commission in 2000. The article notes that … More

    Deflating Hospitals’ Arguments for Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

    The Obamacare Medicaid expansion debate continues in the states, and many hospitals are lobbying their state lawmakers to accept the expansion. The hospitals argue that because Obamacare cut their payments for charity care—so-called disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments—they need their states to expand Medicaid coverage so as to increase the … More

    Morning Bell: Obamacare's Negative Impact on Seniors

    The Medicare program that provides health insurance to seniors faces a dire financial future. And Obamacare is making it worse. Medicare’s Part A trust fund is projected to be insolvent by 2026 and the total program has a long-term unfunded obligation of more than $35 trillion. This means the government … More

    Big Hospitals’ Obamacare Deal Betrays Seniors and the Poor

    A backroom deal made during the writing of Obamacare will harm seniors and the poor, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). During their closed-room dealings with the Obama Administration, the hospital industry’s lobbyists agreed to support Obamacare—provided that the law placed restrictions on physician-owned “specialty” hospitals, noted WSJ. These … More

    10 Myths About the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

    As Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is being debated in the states, many myths are being perpetuated by its advocates. Here, Heritage provides the research to debunk such myths: 1. Myth: Expanding Medicaid is “free money” for the states. Reality: The expansion adds an estimated $638 billion in new government spending from … More

    Obamacare at 3 Years: Unrealistic Expectations for ACOs

    Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)—a concept that a group of doctors and hospitals will work collectively to manage the care and costs of Medicare patients—were expected to transform the delivery of health care. Yet again, much like the rest of Obamacare, these promises appear to be falling short of expectations. In … More

    Vice Presidential Debate: True/False Quiz on Medicare

    During the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan, several claims were made about Medicare. Some of these were true, others false. See which ones you can guess right: Biden: “We saved $716 billion and put it back, applied it to Medicare.” False. According to the Congressional … More