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    Not One Dime of Deficit Spending to Fund Medicare’s SGR Replacement

    Members of Congress have come to an agreement to replace the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula with a new system that would reward quality over mere quantity in the delivery of medical services. But the proposed replacement of SGR would entail an estimated $150 billion of additional Medicare spending … More

    The New Medicare SGR Bill: Time for Close Scrutiny and Fiscal Responsibility

    House and Senate negotiators have just come to an agreement on a policy framework to repeal the unworkable Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which annually updates Medicare payment for doctors, and replace it with a new payment program. According to a joint press release issued today by the Senate … More

    Replacing the Medicare SGR: Why Congress Should Expand Options for Doctors and Patients

    Currently three major congressional committees are working feverishly to finalize language to repeal and replace the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Whether they will succeed in protecting the practice of medicine from intrusive government interference remains to be seen. The Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 created the SGR physician … More

    Generation X and Millennials Face Retirement Crisis

    While social commentators bemoan the impending retirement crisis facing baby boomers, younger Americans should really be the ones worrying, argues Heritage’s Romina Boccia on Next Generation TV. >>> Watch the video here. Over the next 20 years, the working age population is supposed to increase by 10 percent, but the … More

    Share One of These to Let the President Know You Haven't Forgotten

    In 2009, President Obama threatened those who criticized Obamacare: “If you misrepresent what’s in this plan, we will call you out.” But as Obamacare unfolded in 2013, it was clear the President and his Administration were the only ones misrepresenting the law. Now, Mr. President, we’re calling you out. In our … More

    2014: Obamacare Puts Down Roots for the Long Haul

    Yes, Obamacare has raised premiums, caused people to lose their health coverage, raised taxes, and more. But on January 1, Obamacare started digging in for the long haul: putting down the deep roots of entitlement programs. Entitlements—like the big three of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—are the biggest causes of … More

    Your Money in Pictures: The Top 5 Charts of 2013

    As part of our countdown to the new year, here are Heritage’s top five must-see charts of 2013. 5. What If a Typical Family Spent Money Like the Federal Government? While middle-class families are still plagued by a sluggish recovery in the Obama economy, this is what their finances would … More

    The Budget Deal -- and Why We're $17 Trillion in Debt

    Country singer Aaron Tippin’s old hit song “You’ve Got to Stand for Something (or You’ll Fall For Anything)” could be the new theme song for the Republican leadership in the U.S. House. There’s a reason that 71% of Republicans across America are dissatisfied with Republican leadership in Washington. The big … More

    The American People Rose Up to Repeal a Health Care Law Once Before. They Can Do It Again.

    The law that promised health coverage for all has so far stripped 3.5 million Americans of their insurance. Meanwhile, fewer than 27,000 people merely “selected” plans—without necessarily purchasing them—on HealthCare.gov. To date, then, Obamacare keeps creating more coverage losers for every Obamacare “winner.” And many of those “winners” have been … More

    Congress Should Do These 3 Things in the Next 31 Days

    In the next 31 days—starting today—the budget conference committee will try to accomplish something Congress has failed to do for the past four years… Agree on a budget. But not just any budget. This one needs to tackle the key driver of spending and debt: entitlement spending. Think of it … More