Health

Patient, Heal Thyself: Why Congress Should Repeal the Medicine Cabinet Tax on Over-the-Counter Drugs

Americans spend nearly $3 trillion annually on medical care. Nearly one-third of health care spending is on hospital care, and an additional one-fifth of health care dollars are spent on physician car…

Improving Long-Term Care in Wisconsin

Over the next few years, the population of 85-year-olds in Wisconsin will grow more than 3 percent a year, faster than the U.S. average of around 2 percent. This means an increasing need for long-term…

Medicare Drug Plans Need the Tools to Fight Prescription Drug Fraud

Patients benefit enormously from safe and effective drug therapies. However, many of the drugs Americans take are not safe when they are taken recreationally, consumed in quantities larger than prescr…

The Future of Farming and Rise of Biotechnology

Today, more than 800 million people are malnourished, meaning they do not get the minimum energy requirements set by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of 1,690 calories per da…

Medicaid Expansion: Wisconsin Got It Right

A well-known provision of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) required states to expand Medicaid eligibility to individuals with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty…

How Obamacare Is Affecting Wisconsin's Workers and Employers

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is having a profound effect on the labor market and raising the cost of health benefits for both employers and individuals. The impact on small bus…

Risky Business: Will Taxpayers Bail Out Health Insurers?

Despite the president’s assurance that “if you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan,” Obamacare caused significant disruption to people’s coverage as the health insurance exchanges pre…

Has the Affordable Care Act Slowed the Growth of Health Care Spending?

For years, health care spending has outpaced economic growth. However, in 2012, health care spending as a share of the economy declined slightly for the second year in a row, based on official governm…