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    Why the Government Shouldn't be an ATM

    Our federal government is very good at moving money from place to place. In fact, some 70 percent of federal government spending consists of simply shipping money from one place to another — after taking a cut off the top. “In effect the government has become primarily a massive money-transfer … More

    The Charts Obama Doesn't Want You to See

    Talking about Obamacare’s effects is one thing; seeing hard data is another. Heritage’s newly updated Obamacare in Pictures has 15 charts that show the law’s effects on Americans—from canceled insurance policies to new taxes, Medicare cuts, reduced choice for plans, and more. Here’s a quick look at just three of … More

    Future of Medicare Advantage Remains Uncertain

    For the second year in a row, the Obama Administration has reversed course on planned payment rate cuts for Medicare Advantage (MA), the private plans providing the Medicare benefit to nearly 30 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries. But this year’s reprieve doesn’t guarantee the program’s future viability. In February, the … More

    Union Dues Force Home Care Workers to Support Their Undoing at Polls

    While union workers go door to door in California to recruit dues-paying providers of home care services, union officials push a ballot initiative that could unravel the family ties in those same services. If voters approve the proposal, California residents who offer personalized services to needy family members in their homes … More

    Conservatives Vent on House Vote for Medicare ‘Doc Fix’ [VIDEO]

    House conservatives were put off by leadership’s hastily scrambled voice vote to prevent deep cuts in reimbursement to physicians who treat Medicare patients, several lawmakers said today. Speaking at the monthly Conversations with Conservatives panel,  Republican members of the House of Representatives argued that their leadership had promised them a … More

    Obamacare State Exchange Directors Defend Programs on Capitol Hill

    Six heads of state exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, defended their often poor-performing online insurance marketplaces yesterday on Capitol Hill. Appearing before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, state leaders for Obamacare insurance exchanges in Maryland, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Minnesota, Oregon, and California were grilled … More

    A Temporary Medicare SGR “Patch” Is Better Than Permanent Deficits

    House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) have just reached an agreement on a temporary, 12-month Medicare “doc fix” that would block a 24 percent cut in Medicare physician payment, which was scheduled to go into effect on April 1. It would also keep Medicare … More

    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

    The Obama Administration's About-Face on Medicare

    The Obama administration seems determined not to rock the boat before the midterm congressional election this fall. It’s already delayed Obamacare mandates that could cause outrage. Now it has stopped proposed Medicare changes that weren’t even part of Obamacare—and with good reason. The administration had proposed new rules for seniors’ … More

    Funding the Medicare SGR Fix: Forget the “Funny Money”

    House and Senate leaders have forged a bill (H.R. 4015/S. 2000) to repeal Medicare’s unworkable physician payment update formula, known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). While the flawed SGR should be repealed, it should be done right. The legislation, however, falls far short of what should be done. Moreover, … More