NCPA Media: NCPA in the News
Nov 18, 2009
In a development suggesting medical malpractice reform may help alleviate doctor shortages, a package of reforms in Missouri signed in 2005 by then-governor Matt Blunt (R-MO) to curb junk medical lawsuits has created an environment more appealing to physicians.
"We had widespread problems with practices recruiting before the reforms," said Tom Holloway, director of government relations for the Missouri State Medical Association. "Physicians didn’t want to come he/re and practice. Physicians wanted to leave the state."
Nov 18, 2009
State governments are bracing for the effects of the most-prominent congressional health care proposals, all of which would expand Medicaid and increase the burden on state funding.
Sen. Max Baucus's (D-MT) plan would expand Medicaid eligibility to cover all U.S. citizens with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level starting in 2014. Federal taxpayers would be required to cover more of the cost than they currently do for newly eligible people-but less than 100 percent. States would have to make up the difference.
Nov 13, 2009
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, seeking a new source of funding for the health-care overhaul legislation the Senate could begin debating next week, is considering a proposal to raise Medicare payroll taxes on couples who make more than $250,000 a year, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Nov 10, 2009
As the Senate prepares to vote on its version of health care legislation, one of the most contentious issues will be a provision requiring employers to provide insurance coverage.
Nov 09, 2009
Prior to last Saturday's vote, The Wall Street Journal aptly called the House bill "the worst bill ever." The bill is enormously expensive, but it is full of perverse incentives - an issue already plaguing our health care systems.
Nov 04, 2009
Although health care is dominating the discussion in Washington and throughout the country, Congress will also be deciding on a number of other issues in November. For example, the proposed changes on the estate tax issue could have just as much of an effect on Americans and the economy.
Nov 01, 2009
NCPA Senior Fellow Sterling Burnett told Environment and Climate News that in less than one month, the cost estimate for a proposed 75 megawatt solar power plant has soared by more than 200 percent, and said that solar power is ultimately an expensive alternative to coal power, which is much cheaper and reliable.
Oct 30, 2009
Bob McTeer, 67, is not your average economist. Outspoken and humorous, he has a style that has garnered him speaking engagements across the country, the label of "maverick" within the Federal Reserve - where he served for 36 years - and his latest position as Distinguished Fellow of the National Center for Policy Analysis.