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    Medicare: An Irresponsible "Doc Fix" Could Cost $2.3 Trillion—or More

    Flawed solutions to complex health policy problems can be very costly. Scrutinize, therefore, the congressional compromise legislation (H.R. 4015 and S. 2000) to repeal the unworkable Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which updates Medicare payments to physicians. The initial 10-year cost of the SGR repeal legislation would be $138 billion, … 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

    Medicare: Sequestration Cuts Small Potatoes Compared to Obamacare Cuts

    In the past 24 hours, cancer patients’ access to Medicare treatment has been the focus of an alarming headline. In this case, the budget sequestration—an idea originally proposed and now routinely derided by President Obama—is identified as the culprit. But policymakers and taxpayers alike may want to take a closer … More

    Morning Bell: GOP Leaders Capitulate on Core Conservative Principles

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Republican leaders have done it once again. Their latest fiscal cliff proposal capitulates on core conservative principles, yielding woefully inadequate concessions from President Obama in the process. Will they ever learn? The latest GOP offer essentially ignores Washington’s real problem — spending — and … More

    Fixing the Doctors Good and Hard: Impact of the Health Bills on the Medical Profession

    While some prominent physician groups at the national level like the American Medical Association have suggested that the typical doctor on net would be better off if Congress’s health care legislation were to pass—mainly because of all the changes in Medicare payment methodology—those groups have generally failed to acknowledge a … More