Daily Policy Digest
|Surprise Medical Bills A Growing Problem Requiring Price Transparency
Donald Trump’s health reform proposal during the presidential campaign promised to deliver price transparency to health care. Doctors and hospitals are infamously terrible at sharing price information with patients. It is a problem for both scheduled procedures and visits to emergency rooms. The root problem is that prices are not formed through a normal market process, but administratively determined between government, insurers, and providers, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|The Price is Right! Trump's Choice Indicates Push to Repeal and Replace Obamacare
Donald Trump's choice of Dr. Tom Price as his nominee for U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services indicates the Trump Administration will make a serious effort to repeal and replace Obamacare with patient-centered health reform. Obamacare's opponents can now be confident that skilled leadership will wage a sophisticated and likely successful effort to restart health reform. Senior Fellow John R. Graham shows four reasons why...
|The White Man's Burden: More Drinking, Drugs, and Suicides Since 2000
The Economist has estimated health status explains the Trump vote better than being a non-college educated white citizen does. The sicker you are, the more likely you are to have voted for Mr. Trump. The people who should have been most grateful for Obamacare rejected it in the 2016 election, more than they had in 2012, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|Not So Fast on the Overtime Rule, Says Judge
Last week, a U.S. District judge issued a preliminary injunction against the Department of Labor's new overtime pay rule, scheduled to take effect on Thursday, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Pam Villarreal.
|Will Trump Really Kick 22 Million Off Health Insurance?
Now that repeal of Obamacare is within striking distance, Obamacare's supporters and the media are aghast at over 20 million people potentially losing their overly expensive health insurance. If Republican politicians cannot overcome this objection, they will never move forward with repealing and replacing Obamacare, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|What Will TrumpCare Look Like?
President-elect Donald Trump made repealing Obamacare the cornerstone of his campaign. Now that he has won, his future administration is faced with the daunting task of unraveling nearly seven years of Obamacare, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick for Townhall...
|Big Pharma and Access to Medicines
A new report ranks research-based pharmaceutical companies on a number of measurements of how they make medicines available to patients in low-income countries. Philanthropic enterprises (such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) are entering these partnerships with for-profit drug makers. It is a far healthier development than the old-fashioned approach of just beating up drug makers for their greed, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|Health Coverage The Same As Ten Years Ago
Critics of Obamacare who focus on its increasing the proportion of people dependent on Medicaid (a welfare program) ignore the great expansion of Medicaid dependency years before anyone had heard of Barack Obama, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|Bill Clinton is Right: Obamacare is Crazy for Workers
Bill Clinton recently referred to high marginal income tax rates that Obamacare imposes on workers through the design of its tax credits, which get clawed back in a very unfair way. The Administration recently confessed premiums for the benchmark Obamacare plans are going up 25 percent, on average. Trying to appease angry enrollees, the Administration feebly claims tax credits reduce net premiums people pay, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|The Dark Uncertainty of Transitions
The new President Donald J. Trump must give clear commander's intent, and trust his team to execute that guidance. He needs to have a strategic planning group that is not just looking at the first 100 days, but the first two years. He must instill confidence in himself as a leader, knowing that running a private sector business is quite different from governing a nation, being the Head of State of America, and wearing the most important title of Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces. Mr. Trump must anticipate events and trends, and be able to proactively confront impending issues -- such as a potential interest rate increase by Federal Reserve Chairman, Janet Yellen. He must recognize that the enemies of America are planning their next attacks and assaults against us, and the very ideal of freedom and liberty, writes Allen West...