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    Expanding Medicaid Could Divide Families

    Congress may be proposing to vastly expand Medicaid as a main vehicle for reducing the number of uninsured in America, but this (like many of the proposed ideas) could have serious ramifications for families. The state and federal health insurance program doesn’t cover just poor people. As Heritage senior health … More

    Who Will Keep Government-Run Insurance Honest?

    President Obama again trumpeted his claim last night, that we need government-run health insurance “to help keep the insurance companies honest.” He should check with his own Justice Department about dishonesty in government-run health plans. The state and city governments in New York this week agreed to pay a $540 … More

    The End of Medicaid as We Know It

    The gripping health care reform drama unfolding on Capitol Hill has a surprising ending—Medicaid dies. At least Medicaid as you have come to know it. The gasping audience, however, will be left to figure out whether it was murder or an accident. The 1,018 page House Health Care bill being … More

    Rep. Blackburn: We've Tried Gov't-Run Health Care Already

    Rep. Marsha Blackburn has seen the future of health care in America that the Left wants to implement. Blackburn’s home state of Tennessee implemented TennCare, a Medicaid style program in 1994. The results were predictable. Employers moved employees onto TennCare because the subsidized public plan appeared to cost less. “As … More

    Abandoning Accountability in Medicaid

    Yesterday’s New York Times editorial, “Financing Health Care Reform,” outlines the need to “make the hard choices” including “cutting and reallocating hundreds of billions of dollars from projected spending on Medicare and Medicaid…” However, judging by last week’s action by the Obama Administration to rescind three Medicaid regulations, the Times’ … More

    Obama's Medicare Cuts: Arbitrary Caps and Price Controls

    Even before the Congressional Budget Office put $1 to $1.6 trillion price tags on the latest Senate health care plans, President Barack Obama proposed to cut Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates for various health care providers by an additional $313 billion over 10 years. Those cuts came on top of … More

    The Paradox of Government-Run Health Care

    While Peter Orszag, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, likes to describe how some vague payment reforms will “bend the curve,” the reality is Congress and the Administration are trying to put more people on a leaking boat. The Mess in Medicaid and SCHIP. Only a few months … More

    Medicaid Expansion Undermines Health Care Reform

    Sec. 142 Building on the Success of the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program so All Americans Have Affordable Health Benefit Choices (b) Sense of the Senate.—It is the sense of the Senate of that Congress should establish a means for all Americans to enjoy affordable choices in health benefit plans, … More

    Morning Bell: Show Us the Savings

    According to an analysis by USA Today, American taxpayers “are on the hook for an extra $55,000 a household to cover rising federal commitments made just in the past year for retirement benefits, the national debt and other government promises.” Federal obligations now stand ata record $546,668 per household, quadruple … More

    The Public Health Care Plan: What Seems to Be the Problem?

    Debunking the Myths Lower Costs? It’s a shell game. A government plan always looks cheaper, but the reality is that the true costs are hidden. Costs are passed on to providers in administrative costs and lower reimbursements, resulting in a huge cost-shift to private payers to make up the difference. … More