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    The Policy Behind the Obamacare Rebates

    President Obama’s speech today on Obamacare had a heavy focus on the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) provision. The provision, which took effect last year, requires insurers in the individual and small-group markets to spend 80 percent of premiums (85 percent for insurers in the large-group market) on medical claims or … More

    Medicare Advantage Survives—for Now

    There seems to be much confusion surrounding the recent drama of Medicare Advantage’s (MA) 2014 payment rate. Here’s what happened: In February, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its advance notice of estimates of the national per capita Medicare Advantage (MA) growth percentage, which is a key … More

    Obamacare at 3 Years: Unrealistic Expectations for ACOs

    Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)—a concept that a group of doctors and hospitals will work collectively to manage the care and costs of Medicare patients—were expected to transform the delivery of health care. Yet again, much like the rest of Obamacare, these promises appear to be falling short of expectations. In … More

    Obamacare Pre-Existing Conditions Coverage: Low Enrollment, High Costs

    One of Obamacare’s main selling points during the health care reform debate was the need to provide insurance coverage to those with pre-existing conditions—but like other aspects of the law, the plan is failing those it was intended to help. Beginning in 2014, Obamacare will prohibit insurance companies from excluding … More

    Obamacare Budget Bombshell

    Then: In his September 9, 2009, speech to a joint session of Congress, President Obama declared, “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits—either now or in the future.” Now: Over the next 75 years, the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—will add an estimated $6.2 trillion to … More

    Hospices Reveal Obamacare’s Impact

    Two hospice care centers are struggling to make ends meet, and Obamacare’s cuts to Medicare are to blame. Hospices—health care facilities for the terminally ill—along with other Medicare providers are facing Medicare pay cuts. Of the $716 billion in payment reductions, hospice care was hit by a $17 billion payment … More

    Chart of the Week: Obamacare's 17 New Taxes

    Americans who feel overtaxed already are in store for a shocker: Obamacare will add 17 new taxes or penalties for a whopping cost of $502 billion over its first 10 years. This week’s chart illustrates the new taxes and offers a year-by-year rundown of their annual costs. These taxes will … More

    Census Numbers: The Trend Toward Government Coverage Continues

    In its yearly survey of health insurance coverage, the U.S. Census Bureau published figures that underscore the trend toward greater dependence on government for coverage. The percentage of Americans on government health programs continues to grow, while employer-based coverage continues to decline. According to the latest Census report, 31 percent … More

    A Stunning Victory for the Constitution over Obamacare

    This afternoon, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled that the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), more commonly known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional.  The carefully worded and thorough (over 300 page) set of opinions may be a … More

    Brace for Larger Deficits as Lawmakers Rethink Health Care Law's Medicare Cuts

    Obamacare will cost Americans trillions of dollars in the decades to come. To help pay for its new coverage provisions, the plan makes sweeping cuts to Medicare. But as it turns out, serious doubts exist about the likelihood of these cuts actually occurring, and evidence has already shown that lawmakers … More