Archive for the ‘Health Care’ Category

Quick Answers on Obamacare

On Friday, March 9 2012, Jeremy Thompson and David Boyle from the Alaska Policy Forum interviewed Michael Cannon, Director of Health Care Policy Studies at the Cato Institute about Obamacare and its effect on the economy and women, the hospital lobby’s support for the law and health care exchanges....
March 21st, 2012 | Health Care | Read More

Alaska Health Care Exchange – Pros and Cons

This document explores some responses from people who may favor of the State of Alaska building an Obamacare Exchange. (Read more…)
February 23rd, 2012 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

How the governor can protect Alaskans from federal overreach on healthcare

The problem: How can the state stop the federal government from imposing penalties on private businesses, health plans, churches, and religious groups for refusing to pay for services that violate their conscience? What can be done: Governor Parnell should protect all Alaskans by refusing to set up what...
February 22nd, 2012 | Health Care | Read More

Is Massachusetts Health Care a Microcosm for Alaska?

(New England Journal of Medicine) Massachusetts was the first state to enact near-universal health care coverage in 2006. Since then, premiums have increased and employment in the health care occupations (excluding nurses) and patient care occupations has risen dramatically. This rise in administrative/ancillary...
October 6th, 2011 | Health Care, National Health Care Reform Legislation | Read More

Medicare Actuary: Obamacare will triple the net growth rate of health care costs

From the Apothecary blog over at The Office of the Actuary in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently put out its annual projections of national health care spending. And, contrary to the President, the actuaries find that Obamacare will dramatically increase the near-term...
August 10th, 2011 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

Rethinking the dogma of Electronic Health Records

Alaska has made significant investments in the infrastructure needed for Electronic Health Records, but will EHR’s deliver on the grand promises made? From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: For an industry that relies on data and evidence-based measurements to make decisions on the clinical and pharmaceutical...
August 9th, 2011 | Health Care | Read More

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