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    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

    Heritage at CPAC

    While some politicians in Washington seem to have discovered the issue of “fiscal responsibility” yesterday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has a long and courageous track record of tackling the long-term unfunded liabilities of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. That is why Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner is honored to introduce … More

    Confronting the Entitlement Crisis Deniers

    Liberal author Robert Kuttner doesn’t believe in the entitlement crisis. His argument – reflecting conventional far left thinking on the issue – goes something like this: Conservatives exaggerate the entitlement problem by using shady figures. Social Security is just fine, so don’t worry about it. Medicare is a problem, but … More

    A Sebelius HHS Preview: Runaway Costs and More Washington Control

    Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS) has emerged as a leading contender to become the next secretary of the Health and Human Services department. Flint Hills Center for Public Policy senior fellow Gregory Schneider previews what a Sebelius HHS might look like: For one thing, she is an able bureaucrat, presiding … More

    Medicaid Surprises in Stimulus

    The Senateneeds to take its time with Obama’s Trillion Dollar Debt Plan. There are jut too many permanent government expansions tucked away inside this bill, especially on the health care front, including these four: Surprise #1—Congress as a predatory lender. Surprise #2—Former C.E.O.s and out of work politicians could Qualify … More

    How Many Will Lose Health Insurance Because of SCHIP Expansion?

    State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is the federal-state welfare program to provide health insurance for poor children. The House recently passed a major expansion of SCHIP, which is now under consideration in the Senate. Most of the controversy surrounding this expansion has been related to eligibility. Nobody opposes health … More

    Morning Bell: Nothing Temporary About This Stimulus Spending

    Pushing for deficit spending as part of his own economic stimulus package in 1971, President Richard Nixon famously told ABC News, “I am now a Keynesian in economics.” Increasingly, it seems that everyone on Capitol Hill is adopting Nixon’s economic views … but a thousand times worse. Where Nixon wanted … More

    Morning Bell: Move Forward, Not Back, on Entitlement Reform

    Last week, after the Congressional Budget Office report showed that the pre-stimulus budget deficit would reach $1.2 trillion in FY 2009, President-elect Barack Obama reiterated his campaign promise to make Social Security and Medicare reform a “central part” of his efforts to control skyrocketing federal spending. Democrats on the Hill … More

    Making Entitlement Reform a "Central Part" of Deficit Reduction

    Responding to the sticker shock of the Congressional Budget Office’s projected record $1.2 trillion budget deficit, President-elect Barack Obama said: We will — we are working currently on our budget plans. We are beginning consultations with members of Congress around how we expect to approach the deficit. We expect that … More

    Morning Bell: Health Care Reform We Believe In

    Yesterday the nation’s largest health insurance trade group, the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), unveiled its proposal for major reform of the U.S. health care sector. AHIP President Karen Ignagni told the Los Angeles Times, “The nation is on the eve of a national discussion about healthcare. This comes around … More