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    Side Effects: Obamacare Could Punish Docs for Better Quality Care

    “Pay-for-performance” medicine has gained popularity in recent years, and Obamacare makes it a reality for Medicare enrollees.  But that’s not necessarily a good thing. Pay-for-performance allows third parties to pay physicians based on treatment outcomes.  In theory, this sounds like a great way to encourage doctors to improve outcomes.  But … More

    This Doctor Fights Obamacare One Patient at a Time

    Embarrassed. Ashamed. Failure. These words don’t typically describe an accomplished doctor, but Martha Boone doesn’t fit the mold. The Atlanta urologist is an outspoken critic of Obamacare, warning her patients about its disastrous consequences and alerting fellow doctors to the ramifications for her profession. Lately, however, she’s spent more time worried about … More

    Deficit Reduction Isn’t Just a Matter of the Right Policy—Politics Matter, Too

    At this point, Americans on every imaginable side of the deficit debate agree that federal spending is out of control. Something must be done—but the question is, what, and how, and by whom? Lawmakers on Capitol Hill talk about deficit reduction an awful lot—so why haven’t they done anything about … More

    CBO: Obamacare Unlikely to Reduce Spending on Health Care

    Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office released its annual long-term Budget Outlook, which provides a look at mandatory federal spending on health care after passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. One may have expected to see drastic changes after the passage of Obamacare.  After all, this legislation was … More

    Side Effects: White House Misses Deadline for Creating High Risk Pools

    We’ve all heard it before — the age-old saying “Better late than never.” Well, get ready to hear it  again, this time from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, regarding the creation of high-risk pools under Obamacare. The pools were supposed to provide coverage for individuals who cannot get … More

    New Extenders Bill Still Contains Irresponsible Spending

    The long-debated extenders bill failed to pass the Senate yesterday by a wide margin (45-52). That’s good new for taxpayers because the bill contained $48 billion in new taxes, $126 billion in new spending and added $79 billion to the national debt. Despite yesterday’s setback, Senate leaders are undeterred and … More

    Congressional Gimmicks leave Doctors and Taxpayers in a Lurch

    The Senate voted 45-52 yesterday to oppose the $140 billion so-called “extenders bill” (HR 4213). The Hill is reporting that Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) is going to offer a slimmed down version for consideration as early as today. Two key health provisions of the bill are expected to be a … More

    Side Effects: Donut Hole Hold-Up

    Last Thursday, the White House trumpeted Obamacare’s first step in closing the Medicare “donut hole.” Checks in the amount of $250 were sent to 80,000 seniors in the “hole”—a gap in Medicare’s coverage of prescription drug benefits for seniors. Ultimately, Washington will cut 4 million of these checks, totaling $1 … More

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Highlights Unsustainable Debt

    Testifying before the House Budget Committee today, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke noted: Even after economic and financial conditions have returned to normal, however, in the absence of further policy actions, the federal budget appears to be on an unsustainable path. A variety of projections that extrapolate current policies and … More

    There's No Such Thing as a Free Donut

    President Obama, joined by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, is holding a televised Town Hall Meeting today on the benefits of his big health care law with senior citizens in Wheaton, Maryland. The President’s public relations offensive will be coordinated with unions and a bevy of liberal interest groups, ranging from … More