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    Not Even Higher Payments Can Help Medicaid

    It’s widely known that while there is some variation, in most states Medicaid reimburses physicians at significantly lower rates than private insurers. As we’ve previously highlighted, research indicates that these low rates of payment affect physicians’ decisions to treat Medicaid patients. While low reimbursement is a serious problem in Medicaid … More

    Lies, Damned Lies, and…the Undeniable Truth

    Most people are skeptical about statistics, claiming that mathematically-minded people just bend numbers to their will. But when it comes to long term budget projections, economists from the left, right, and center all agree we on an unsustainable course, and that the entitlements—Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—are the main driver … More

    Health Care at a Crossroads: McCain and Obama's Proposals

    Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama are offering ambitious, comprehensive and expensive health care reform plans. Both would greatly expand health insurance coverage for millions of Americans. Examining the key elements of these two competing plans, one can discern clearly two very different visions of America’s health care future. … More

    Medicaid Expansion: Poor Quality Health Care for All

    With 48.9 million Americans projected to be uninsured in 2010, both Senators McCain and Obama are right to address this problem. While McCain’s health plan focuses on reducing this number through increased private coverage and tax incentives, Obama’s health proposal utilizes a different mechanism, expansion of government coverage as well … More

    Bell Ringers

    A round-up of Op-Eds from the Heritage Foundation India: A Land on the March – Ed Feulner As The Heritage Foundation’s “Index of Economic Freedom” shows each year, more economic freedom (an open economy operating under the rule of law) generates more economic growth. That, in turn, means a higher … More

    Bureaucracy Won't Drive Change in Health Care

    Make a list of the things you think government does really well. Almost everyone can agree it is pitifully short. Why, then, would we want government to run something as important as health care? The argument for a federal solution to affordable health care assumes the feds will do a … More

    Bailing Out Massachusetts?

    Is the Bush Administration supporting yet another bailout? After seven delays and months of negotiations between Massachusetts and federal officials over the renewal of the state’s Medicaid demonstration waiver which supports its landmark health reform, State House News Service has just reported that a deal has been struck. While the … More

    Spending Explosions, not Tax Cuts, Driving Deficits

    Last week the Congressional Budget Office reported that the federal deficit will reach $407 billion this year. This actually is not as groundbreaking as it sounds. The best way to measure budget deficits is as a percentage of GDP, the 2008 budget deficit is 2.9% of GDP compared to 30.3% … More

    Tomorrow's Local Government Pension Crisis is Here

    When it comes to retirement and pension benefits, federal, state, and local government officials have all been humming the same mantra: never pay for something today if you can put off paying for it until tomorrow. Unfortunately, tomorrow is here. The federal government is on the hook for $41 trillion … More

    Feds Should Stay Firm on Massachusetts' Medicaid Waiver

    While the Massachusetts health reform has generated a significant amount of attention, few have focused on the critical Medicaid demonstration “waiver,” which enabled the reform and was set to expire on June 30. Absent an agreement on the terms and conditions of the waiver’s renewal, last Friday the feds granted … More