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Government Report: Getting Fraudulent Health Care Subsidies is Easy

Investigators from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) attempted to determine whether it was possible to fraudulently apply for Obamacare subsidies...

Has the ACA Slowed Health Care Spending Growth?

More recent data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis indicates that the recent slowdown in health spending from 2009 to 2012 may be reversing...

Court of Appeals Strikes Down Obamacare Subsidies

In a long-awaited decision, the D.C. Court of Appeals struck down an Internal Revenue Service Regulation granting subsidies to low-income purchasers of insurance on the federal exchange...

Can State Medical Boards Keep Competitors Out?

North Carolina's state dental board began issuing cease-and-desist letters to hygienists (not dentists) who were whitening consumers' teeth at spas and mall kiosks...

Certificate-of-Need Laws Raise Costs, Reduce Services

Certificate-of-need (CON) regulations prevent health care providers and hospitals from entering markets or offering new services without approval from state regulators...

New FDA Rules Could Ruin 119-Year-Old Cigar Business

In an effort to limit youth access to tobacco, the FDA is trying to make affordable cigars a thing of the past. But the regulation would ruin J.C. Newman, a company that has been producing quality cigars for under $10 for over a century...

Surgery Center of Oklahoma: Proving Free Market Medicine Works

The national average cost of a mastectomy is between $9,000 and $50,000. But the Surgery Center of Oklahoma offers a mastectomy for $5,005, saving consumers between $3,995 and $44,995...

Health Care Demand Will Continue to Rise in U.K.

A new report from Britain's Office for Budget Responsibility uses some unrealistic assumptions to calculate future health care spending...

Should We Get Rid of Employer-Based Insurance?

Michael Tanner, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, argues that the United States needs to do away with the employer-provided health insurance model...

New Wellness Program for Teachers Will Cost $1.5 Million

The Des Moines Public School District plans to spend $1.5 million on a new wellness program for teachers...


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