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The Logic-Defying CBO Obamacare Replacement Score Breaks Its Own Rules, among Other Problems

Dr. Tom Price, the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, has said the Congressional Budget Office's recent "score" of the Republican Obamacare replacement bill defies logic. Even worse, it defies the very rules which govern the CBO, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Veterans Health Administration Realizes it Should Buy, Not Build, Software

For decades, the Veterans Health Administration has made and maintained its owns Electronic Health Record (EHR). It makes as little sense as a health system manufacturing its own MRI machines. Finally, the new VA Secretary has confirmed he will throw in the towel on the VA's home-brew system, VISTA, and buy a commercial EHR, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

The "Troubles" with Pharmacy Benefit Managers

If markets are competitive, there is little need to regulate PBM practices, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Thomas Hemphill in Cato's Regulation Magazine...

Health Insurance A Cause of Past-Due Debt?

Although health insurance is supposed to protect us from medical debt, it often does not. Among insured people, 26.6 percent had past-due medical debt in 2012, versus 22.8 percent in 2015. However, among uninsured people it declined more: 39.8 percent in 2012, versus 30.5 percent in 2015. What to make of this? asks NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Pharmaceutical Profits and Capital Markets

An interesting research article at the Health Affairs blog asserts there is no relationship between high U.S. prescription drug prices and drug companies' research and development budgets. The point of the article is to debunk the argument that research-based drug companies must earn high profits if they are going to reinvest in R&D. While the data are correct, the article misunderstands the nature of capital markets, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

NCPA Experts Score the American Health Reform Act: Details will be presented at a Congressional Briefing March 15

The National Center for Policy Analysis' Tax Analysis Center recently scored the economic and revenue effects of the American Health Reform Act. The results? The Act would unburden the job market and increase workers' incomes due to the repeal of Obamacare taxes, but would bring in less federal revenues...

Every State Must Close Obamacare's Special Enrollment Loopholes to Reduce Premium Growth

So, the Republican Repeal-and-Replace Obamacare train has finally left the station. Although free-market health reformers are divided on the merits of the American Health Care Act, as introduced by the Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives, no-one can deny the Republicans have kept their promise to take up health reform as their first order of legislative business, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Replacing Obamacare With A Means-tested Tax Credit

Republicans in Congress may offer a means-tested tax credit to replace Obamacare. "Oh, the irony," exclaims one journalist: Don't those Republicans know Obamacare contains means-tested tax credits? It’s still Obamacare-Lite! No, it would not be, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Medical Tourism: An Odd Byproduct of High Drug Prices

On numerous occasions President Trump has lambasted drug companies for their high drug prices. He has suggested on more than one occasion Americans should be allowed to import medications from abroad where they are cheaper, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Why Do Late Middle-Aged Women Allow Obamacare To Gouge Them?

In February, Professor Mark Pauly of the Wharton Business School wrote a short article proposing reforms to individual health insurance, in which he reminded us the biggest premium hike in the market for individual insurance consequent to Obamacare was among women in their 60s, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...


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