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July 23, 2015
By Sean Parnell
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–VT), one of a handful of Democratic presidential nominees, is calling for the United States to adopt a “Medicare-for-all” single-payer health care system similar to those in Canada and the United Kingdom.
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Health Care
July 22, 2015
By Sean Parnell
It’s a very lucrative time to operate a for-profit diet clinic overseen by doctors because of a provision in Obamacare requiring insurers to pay for nutrition and obesity screening.
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Health Care
July 20, 2015
By Sean Parnell
Vermont residents now have to pay 6 percent more for soft drinks under a new sales tax that began in July.The tax is part of a $30 million package of tax increases intended to help close a $113 million gap between projected state spending and revenue.
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Health Care
July 20, 2015
By Sean Parnell
New York’s sushi restaurants have long boasted the freshest fish in the city, but new regulations taking effect in August will remove that distinction.
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Health Care
May 25, 2015
By Sean Parnell
In a victory for states trying to hold down Medicaid costs, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled providers cannot sue over low reimbursement rates. The case, Armstrong v.
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Health Care
Law
May 19, 2015
By Sean Parnell
“Expand Medicaid or else!” That’s the message the Obama administration sent to Florida, Kansas, Tennessee, and Texas.
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Health Care
Taxes
Government Spending
May 15, 2015
By Sean Parnell
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) will sue the federal government for trying to coerce his state to expand Medicaid.
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Health Care
May 13, 2015
By Sean Parnell
The cost of health insurance premiums for young, healthy Americans have increased significantly under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, at the close of the law’s second open-enrollment period, according to a recent analysis from The
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Health Care
April 4, 2015
By Sean Parnell
Obamacare recently passed the five-year milestone, and etiquette would suggest an anniversary gift is in order for the politicians who passed and implemented the law.
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Health Care
March 31, 2015
By Sean Parnell
Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would not hear the case Coons v. Lew, which many people referred to as the Obamacare 'death panel' case.
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Health Care
March 27, 2015
By Sean Parnell
No. At least, probably not.But over at Slate, Reihan Salam makes a pretty compelling case for hospitals being a major problem in terms of health care costs.
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Health Care
March 26, 2015
By Sean Parnell
Kaiser Health News is a pretty good source of information on what's happening in the world of health care policy. That said, the general bent of the articles tend towards support for government-oriented rather than market-oriented policies.
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Health Care
March 25, 2015
By Sean Parnell
The Wall Street Journal reports today on a study showing that what pretty much everyone with any basic economic understanding predicted has come to pass, that the 30-hour 'full-time' employee definition in Obamacare has caused many firms to cap their
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Health Care
March 24, 2015
By Sean Parnell, Jane M. Orient, M.D.
Leaders in the House of Representatives on Tuesday introduced legislation to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula for Medicare payments to doctors and replace it with a different formula.
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Health Care
March 24, 2015
By Sean Parnell
It's been a while since I've heard single-payer advocates tout the VA as "proof" that government-run health care works.
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Health Care
March 23, 2015
By Sean Parnell
In a move that could lower prescription drug costs for some of the most expensive treatments on the market, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for the first time a “biosimilar” for sale in the United States.
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Health Care
March 20, 2015
By Sean Parnell
After burning through $145.
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March 19, 2015
By Sean Parnell
Tori Richards at Watchdog.org has been doing some terrific investigative reporting on the VA scandal, and I highly recommend her latest piece describing the whistleblower in a Louisiana VA facility that brought this chapter of the scandal to light.
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Health Care
March 18, 2015
By Sean Parnell
I've long been skeptical the employer mandate in Obamacare would make much difference one way or the other.
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Health Care
March 18, 2015
By Sean Parnell
A lawsuit that could determine the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now being considered by the U.S.
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Health Care
March 17, 2015
By Sean Parnell
Judging by an article in The Atlantic yesterday, we're apparently supposed to be impressed with Obamacare's touted reduction of 16.4 million in the number of uninsured.The number of uninsured Americans has dropped by 16.
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Health Care
March 17, 2015
By Peter Ferrara, Jesse Hathaway, Jane M. Orient, M.D., Sean Parnell
Rep. Tom Price, chairman of the House Budget Committee, unveiled a 2016 budget today that would, among many things, repeal the Affordable Care Act, block-grant Medicaid to the states, partially privatize Medicare, and cut $5.
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Taxes
Government Spending
Health Care
March 16, 2015
By Sean Parnell
Apparently the 'better' price controls proposed by Medicare to deal with the problem of hospitals hanging on to patients just long enough for higher reimbursement rates to kick in aren't going to be good enough.
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Health Care
March 13, 2015
By Sean Parnell
There are probably more myths about health care public policy than anyone outside the mathematics department at MIT can put a number to. I recently ran across one of the more uninformed myths, one that has led to a great deal of bad public policy.
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Health Care
March 13, 2015
By Sean Parnell
One of the key features of government-run health care is rationing through politics, whereby elected officials and unelected bureacurats get to decide, indirectly at least, how much health care people can have and when they can obtain it.
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Health Care
March 12, 2015
By Sean Parnell
I occasionally run into people who express some variation of the argument "without benefit mandates on insurance companies, they'd sell policies that don't cover cancer.
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March 10, 2015
By Sean Parnell
The Congressional Budget Office believes taxpayers won't have to shell out nearly as much money for Obamacare as previously predicted:Health-care law will cost taxpayers less than expected, CBO saysPresident Obama’s health-care law will cost taxpayers
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Health Care
March 9, 2015
By Sean Parnell
Medicare Advantage is a fairly popular part of Medicare, allowing seniors to opt out of the conventional government-run system and instead select private coverage offered by health insurers.
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Health Care
March 6, 2015
By Sean Parnell
The Cato Institute hosted an event two weeks back on several competing alternatives to replacing Obamacare, I'd say it's definitely worth checking out, which you can do at this link: http://www.cato.
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Health Care
March 5, 2015
By Sean Parnell
Yesterday's oral arguments in King v. Burwell have now had time to be fully digested by people far smarter than I, so I thought I'd offer a few links and excerpts from what others are saying.
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Health Care
March 4, 2015
By Sean Parnell
Oral arguments in King v. Burwell are likely underway now, and it's no exaggeration to say this case could determine whether Obamacare is here to stay or if we're going to get a second chance to get health reform right.
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Health Care
March 3, 2015
By Sean Parnell
This weekend, Senators Lamar Alexander, John Barrasso, and Orrin Hatch took to the pages of the Washington Post to announce they have a plan for what to do if the U.S.
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Health Care
February 28, 2015
By Sean Parnell
Most people instinctively understand when government shelters companies from competition it is ultimately the consumer who suffers from higher prices, lower quality, or both.
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Health Care
February 27, 2015
By Sean Parnell
I've followed Obamacare in Rhode Island for a few years now, in large part because of my affiliation with a terrific free-market think tank there, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity.
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Health Care
February 26, 2015
By Sean Parnell
It looks like Utah Governor Gary Herbert's Medicaid expansion is dead. From an AP report carried by the Baltimore Sun:Governor's Medicaid expansion plan may have hit dead endGov.
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Health Care
February 25, 2015
By Sean Parnell
The Obama administration is apparently claiming they have no plan in the event the U.S. Supreme Court rules in King v. Burwell that health insurance subsidies are only available through exchanges established by states, not the federal government.
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Health Care
February 24, 2015
By Sean Parnell
This morning Gallup released poll results showing the uninsured rate in the U.S. dropped to the lowest level in seven years, with a good deal of the credit presumably going to Obamacare.
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Health Care
February 24, 2015
By Sean Parnell
In a detailed report to the Minnesota Legislature, auditors say the state’s health insurance exchange, known as MNsure, was riddled with mistakes and failures during its rollout.
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Health Care
February 23, 2015
By Sean Parnell
Dr.
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February 19, 2015
By Sean Parnell
A few days ago Dr. Jeffrey Singer, a surgeon in Arizona, had an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal regarding the fiasco of government-mandated electronic health records.
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Health Care
 

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