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Why Canada can’t be America’s pharmacy

Drug importation is no longer a pipe dream. Now it’s a pipe bomb. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently floated a proposal, dubbed the Safe Importation Action Plan, to allow Americans to use Canada as their personal pharmacy. In Canada, the government dictates the market through price controls, but any drug importation…

From vaping to opioids: Trump redefines health care for 2020 run

The Trump administration’s assault on e-cigarettes is the latest move by the White House to salvage Donald Trump’s health care agenda ahead of the 2020 elections. Turning away from the bitter Obamacare debates that have been a disaster for Republicans, Trump’s been building his disease-by-disease agenda all year, aimed at suburban voters who may be…

Obamacare Caused Premiums to Spike. Here’s How States Are Lowering Them Again.

Throughout much of last year, critics of the White House darkly predicted that Congress’ repeal of the tax penalty on the uninsured, coupled with an administration rule lifting federal restrictions on short-term policies, would lead to double-digit premium increases in 2019. The good news is that none of that has happened. To the contrary, average premiums for…

New Insurance Numbers Show the Importance of the Trump Administration’s Health-Care Reforms

Far from proving charges that the administration has “sabotaged” Obamacare, new Census Bureau dataprovide compelling support for the president’s actions. New numbers released this week show a sizable increase in the number of Americans without health insurance—from 26 million in 2017 to 28 million in 2018. Democrats were quick to argue the Trump administration is…

Medicare reform can no longer be ignored: Warnings from the 2019 Medicare trustees report

The latest annual Medicare trustees report highlights the program’s growing fiscal challenge and reflects policymakers’ ongoing failure to prepare Medicare for the future. Medicare’s Hospital Insurance trust fund becomes insolvent in 2026, but the program is already in trouble from a budget perspective. More than $300 billion in general tax revenue was needed in 2018…

Administrative Actions

From vaping to opioids: Trump redefines health care for 2020 run

The Trump administration’s assault on e-cigarettes is the latest move by the White House to…

New Insurance Numbers Show the Importance of the Trump Administration’s Health-Care Reforms

Far from proving charges that the administration has “sabotaged” Obamacare, new Census Bureau dataprovide compelling…

Medicare reform can no longer be ignored: Warnings from the 2019 Medicare trustees report

The latest annual Medicare trustees report highlights the program’s growing fiscal challenge and reflects policymakers’…

Good and Bad Ideas in the Senate’s Medicare Drug Bill

Responding to popular anxiety over prescription drug prices, the Senate Finance Committee last month approved…

More ACOs Taking Accountability Under MSSP Through ‘Pathways To Success’

Last December, the Trump Administration redesigned and set a new direction for the Shared Savings…

Need for Reform

Why Canada can’t be America’s pharmacy

Drug importation is no longer a pipe dream. Now it’s a pipe bomb. The Department…

Surprise Medical Bills Becoming More Frequent and Costly

Stanford University researchers found that from 2010 through 2016, 39% of 13.6 million trips to the ED at an in-network hospital by privately insured patients resulted in an out-of-network bill. That figure increased during the study period from about a third of ED visits nationwide in 2010 to 42.8% in 2016.

Ending Surprise Billing Protects Patients and Honesty in Health Care

As advocates of free markets and members of the business community, we can debate which…

The Obamacare ‘Experts’ Are Wrong Again

Last year, the Trump rule on short-term health plans went into effect, which not only…

Data Shows Drop in Coverage Among People Ineligible for Obamacare Subsidies

Health insurance enrollment has declined among people who do not qualify for financial help under Obamacare. Enrollment declined by 1.2 million people, or 24%, between 2017 and 2018 among people with incomes too high to qualify for Obamacare subsidies and who therefore face the full brunt of premium cost increases.

Of Interest

Democrat Rep’s Wife Demands Free Marriage Counseling In Her Taxpayer-Subsidized Health Plan

If Democrats don’t like Obamacare plans for themselves, then why did they force all Americans…

Repeal of the Cadillac Tax Would Be a Strategic Mistake for Both Parties

Republicans undermine their own long-term interests by supporting elimination of the Cadillac Tax. The GOP…

Budget Deal Landmines

On Thursday, the Senate passed a bill to increase the federal budget and lift the…

Despite Calls to Start Over, US Health System Covers 90%

Politicians are depicting a system in meltdown, but the numbers tell a different story, not…

Issues 2020: Private Health Insurance Saves Americans Money

Health insurance is expensive because spending on hospital and physician services is high. Insurers are unpopular because they bear the main responsibility for controlling this spending—but in doing so, they save consumers money and focus resources toward better care.

Real Reform

Grassley: For Medicaid, Greater Transparency Will Open the Door to Better Value and Outcomes

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) recently introduced the bipartisan Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019. The…

HSAs for Medicare Enrollees? Maybe

Last week, Reps. Ami Bera, MD (D-CA) and Jason Smith (R-MO) introduced an HSA correction…

Improve, Don’t Repeal, ObamaCare’s Cadillac Tax

Congress has twice delayed the Cadillac Tax—originally set to take effect in 2018—and weakened it…

Replace The Cadillac Plan Tax, Don’t Repeal It

In place of the Cadillac Tax, we should offer employers and their employees the option of a dollar-for-dollar tax credit up to the amount of the tax subsidy they have been getting through the tax exclusion. This would solve the problem economists complain about, put health insurance and take-home pay on a level playing field at the margin, and greatly reduce the incentives we all have to over-spend on health care.

Medicare Advantage And The Future Of Value-Based Care

A closer look at the evolution of Medicare Advantage demonstrates that the private sector has proven to be a remarkable laboratory for innovation and progress in our health system’s core evolution—to align the payment and care delivery system with value and the outcomes we care about most for America’s seniors.

State Actions

Obamacare Caused Premiums to Spike. Here’s How States Are Lowering Them Again.

Throughout much of last year, critics of the White House darkly predicted that Congress’ repeal…

How Health Care Premiums Are Declining in States That Seek Relief from Obamacare’s Mandates

Some states are succeeding in lowering premiums and increasing enrollment in health insurance by doing a better job of targeting existing resources. Seven states obtained waivers to target subsidies for high-cost patients, and they saw premiums fall by nearly 7.5%, while premiums in the other states rose by more than 3%. 

When Government Sets Hospital Prices: Maryland’s Experience

“Medicare for All” proposals may vary greatly, but a common feature is their call for…

Pennsylvania to Shift From Healthcare.Gov to State-Based Insurance Exchange

Pennsylvania state leaders on Tuesday touted their plan to transition from the federal insurance exchange,…

Maine Takes Step Toward Allowing Canadian Prescription Drug Imports

The Maine Senate unanimously advanced a package of bills on Tuesday aimed at reducing prescription…

Government-controlled Health Care

Democrats’ Taxing Health Care Promises

July’s Democratic presidential debates left seasoned health policy professionals confused, struggling to understand both the candidates’ policies and the differences…

Considering the Effects of a Medicare Buy-In

Medicare buy-in is seen as a moderate proposal, but it would set off a domino…

Medicare Is No Model of Administrative Simplicity or Efficiency

Medicare for All’s sponsors claim it would reduce administrative costs and produce huge savings. “Private…

Medicare For All Has Nothing To Do With Medicare. Call It Something Else.

What Bernie Sanders is proposing is not Medicare for all. It is far more generous—and…

Kamala Harris Offers Sanders-Lite In Medicare For All Proposal

The health reform plan Sen. Harris unveiled this week tries to appear more moderate but it is…