Archive for the ‘Health Care’ Category

Building the Federal Obamacare Exchange: Should Alaska Do It?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unpopular, unwieldy, expensive, likely unconstitutional, and will shortly be a prime target for repeal. The dilemma for Governor Parnell is that the law is written with the assumption that the state will be burdened with the execution of many of its worst ideas. ACA...
April 8th, 2011 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

Is Health Care Reform Unraveling?

Grace-Marie Turner outlines ten reasons she thinks that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is unraveling: 1. State pushback 2. Voter rejection 3. Lawsuits 4. Rising costs 5. Towering deficits 6. Seniors hit hard 7. Millions losing coverage 8. Job-killing mandates 9. Companies searching for exits 10....
October 26th, 2010 | Health Care, National Health Care Reform Legislation, Recent News | Read More

Broken Promises: Cutting Medicare to Pay for Health Care Reform

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or the recent health care law, was rushed through the political process and touted as deficit neutral legislation. One of the of the ways it was supposed to pay for itself was through cuts in other programs. Devon Herrick from the National Center for Policy...
September 20th, 2010 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

State health care exchanges of 2014

(NCPA) With examples from Massachusetts’ “Commonwealth Connector” law and California’s proposed health care exchange, NCPA explains one of the new health care law’s requirements and what it means to you. Read the article <here>
September 10th, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Utah: Reforming health care since 2005

(Heritage Foundation) Utah continues its five-year-old health care reform plan, scheduled to take full effect in the fast approaching 2011 year, all while continuing the fight against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Portable plans for employees of small businesses is just one of the...
August 26th, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Audio: Federal Health Care Law would create more paperwork than IRS could handle

Josh McIntyre from Mikunda, Cottrell & Co., Inc. in Anchorage explains the increased 1099 reporting requirements in the federal Health Care law. (4:47) Federal Health Care Law would increase paperwork and reporting to the IRS - Click here to listen
August 20th, 2010 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

Chief Actuary of Medicare rejects Trustees’ report

(NCPA) The Medicare Chief Actuary has published his own Medicare projections report, calling the official Trustees’ report “unreasonable” and “implausible.” The Trustees’ report is based on current law, and not inclusive of changes caused by the resent healthcare...
August 9th, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Federal Health Care: Creating Dozens of New Bureaucracies

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, P.L. 111-148, March 23, 2010) creates, requires others to create, or authorizes dozens of new entities to implement the legislation. The precise number of new entities that will ultimately be created pursuant to PPACA is currently unknowable, for...
August 4th, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Where are the innovators in health care?

(Kaiser Health News) Almost everyone believes there is an enormous amount of waste and inefficiency in health care. But why is that? In a normal market, wherever there is waste, entrepreneurs are likely to be in hot pursuit — figuring out ways to profit from its elimination by cost-reducing, quality-enhancing...
August 3rd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Audio: The Ideology Behind Federal Health Care Reform

These two audio excerpts are from a presentation on the health care reform law by Burke Balch, director of the Powell Center for Medical Ethics. To say that the federal health care law is “sweeping” is an understatement, given that the American public has seen nothing like this before in...
July 26th, 2010 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

Health Care Costs in Massachusetts Still Rising

Five painful health care lessons from Massachusetts (CNN Money) The best guide to how President Obama’s historic health-care legislation will reshape the nation’s medical marketplace and fiscal future is the pioneering model in Massachusetts. The Bay State’s reform program started in...
June 22nd, 2010 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

40 percent of Connecticut Medicaid recipients smoke

(Boston Globe) A new study says nearly 40 percent of Connecticut’s Medicaid recipients smoke. The study by the Connecticut Public Health Policy Institute also estimates that the state pays about $507 million yearly for smoking-related health care for its Medicaid clients. (Read more…) No...
June 21st, 2010 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

Medicaid: facing a tough road

(The Heritage Foundation) In passing Obamacare, Congress has put the states in quite a pickle. To sharply expand health coverage, Obamacare flung wide the gates of Medicaid eligibility. It envisions a massive expansion of the federal-state health program that, historically, delivers low-quality care...
June 11th, 2010 | Economics, Fiscal Policy, Health Care, Policy | Read More

The Coming Doctor Shortage

(National Center For Policy Analysis) Under the new health care law, most U.S. residents will be required to have health insurance by 2014. About 32 million additional people are expected to enroll in some type of health plan. Evidence suggests that insured people consume twice as much medical care as...
June 1st, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Alaska Watchdog: State considers cost of medicaid expansion

By Kirsten Adams May 28, 2010 Even though the federal government reimburses more than 65 percent of Alaska’s medicaid expenses annually, officials project the State will spend more than half a billion dollars on the government welfare program in 2011.  The 2011 operating budget, approved by the House...
May 28th, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Ohio Senate moves to improve school-age obesity

(Cincinnati Enquirer) The Ohio Senate approved a bill that mandates a 30 minute exercise period in schools, among other nutritional requirements. Ohio, with one in three children obese, aims to monitor and control each student’s body weight. Read the article <here>
May 20th, 2010 | Education, Health Care, Recent News | Read More