Posts Tagged ‘Health Care’

Idaho first state to pass legislation prohibiting federal health care reform

(Washington Post) Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter was the first to sign a piece of legislation into law which would prohibit the federal government from requiring citizens to buy health insurance. Similar legislation is pending in 37 other states including Alaska. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Budget request uncovers mismanagement of Alaska Medicaid

(Fairbanks Daily News-miner) The state suspended, for one year ending in mid-2009, a school-focused Medicaid reimbursement program after muddy financial reporting raised red flags with federal agencies. The Department of Health and Social Services has asked for a legislative OK to balance its books by...
April 23rd, 2010 | Accountability, Health Care, Policy | Read More

The “Con” of American hospitals

(FOX Business) John Stossel gives an example of why the United States does not have a free market in health care. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Is obesity really an epidemic?

(Spiked) Two studies produced by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association – one about obesity in children and adolescents, and the other about adult obesity – completely undermine the claims of an obesity epidemic. Read...
April 23rd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

States seek to ban health insurance mandate

(FOXNews) Lawmakers in about half the states are forging ahead with constitutional amendments to ban government health insurance mandates. The proposals would assert a state-based right for people to pay medical bills from their own pocketbooks and prohibit penalties against those who refuse to carry...
April 23rd, 2010 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

Government healthcare spending to top private sector by 2012

(Kaiser Health News) However, even if that legislation never passes, government programs will soon finance a majority of the health care market, according to officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Read the article <here>
April 23rd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Mayo Clinic to soon deny Medicare patients

(Bloomberg) The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of tomorrow at one of its primary-care clinics in Arizona, saying the U.S. government pays too little. Read the article <here>
April 22nd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

How one company is helping the healthcare market

(Wall Street Journal) As AthenaHealth CEO Jonathan Bush sees it, the profound problem with U.S. health care is that there’s “no landscape of choices, or choosers.” Due to the complexity of America’s third-party laundromat for health dollars—your doctor’s clerical staff...
April 22nd, 2010 | Health Care, Recent News | Read More

Florida Medicaid reform brings higher quality care

(The James Madison Institute) In October 2005 Florida received approval from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the broadest reform in the history of Medicaid. The plan involves real managed competition as well as an innovative health savings account devised for beneficiaries. Read...
April 22nd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

What really drives healthcare spending

(Wall Street Journal) Jason Fodeman and Robert Book from The Heritage Foundation explain that the main problem with health care is a pricing system that insulates both patients and producers from normal market incentives. Read the article <here>
April 22nd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

Better options than a health insurance mandate

(Insurance News Net) From Arnold Kling at the Mercatus Center and Nick Schulz at AEI: Forcing consumers to buy health insurance may benefit insurance companies, health-care providers and other special interests, but it is not good public policy. Read the article <here>
April 22nd, 2010 | Recent News | Read More

Are non-profits in healthcare more efficient?

(Goldwater Institute) With the possible exception of education, perhaps nowhere is the notion of profit more widely condemned than in health care. Economic principles and econometric studies indicate that for profit health care providers are just as effective, if not more effective, at providing health...
April 22nd, 2010 | Health Care | Read More

High-risk pools better for insured

Funding state high-risk pools a better alternative for the uninsured (Council for Affordable Health Insurance) One of the key issues in the health care reform debate is how to guarantee the uninsured, and especially those with a pre-existing medical condition, have access to affordable health insurance...
April 22nd, 2010 | Health Care, Issues | Read More