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Drain the Health Care Swamp that's Awash in Other Peoples' Money

Health care is not a right nor is it a privilege; it is a costly service. Health care consumes nearly 20 percent of our economy. The answer to reining-in runaway medical costs is to put consumers in charge of the funds, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Technology and Cost Containment in Health Care

Technology is a significant driver of high health care spending. For instance, many treatments common today were not available 40 years ago. Yet, treatments and therapies that have been in use for decades are still quite expensive, writes Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Liberals Pining for (Single-Payer) Universal Medicaid-for-All

Single-payer is the ultimate government control of the health care system. Most Liberal politicians quietly support the idea, but many are afraid to voice their opinions. During her campaign, Hillary Clinton criticized Bernie Sanders' health proposal likely because she did not want to lose support from doctors, hospitals, drug companies and constituents with good employee health coverage, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick in Townhall...

How to Solve the Pre-Existing Condition Problem

The primary sticking point in health reform is what to do with high-cost individuals who have pre-existing health conditions. NCPA senior fellow, Devon Herrick, discusses a proposal states could do to remove the burden of costly enrollees from jacking up insurance premiums for healthy individuals who would then drop out...

Weak Idea at Bernie's: Bureaucrats Should Not Negotiate Drug Prices

Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Elijah Cummings -- along with a few other liberal Members of Congress -- want to change the way Medicare purchases drugs for seniors. Even President Trump has perpetuated the idea that having the government negotiate prices directly with drug makers would lower Medicare’s drug costs. It is a popular talking point mainly because many Americans naively assume Medicare does not haggle over the price of drugs. However, it’s a dumb idea; drugs used by seniors are negotiated through an elaborate bargaining process, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Can Consumers Be Smart Health-Care Shoppers?

Patients are told they need to take greater control over their care. But are laypeople capable of sifting through all their choices to make the right decisions -- particularly when it comes to costs?, asks NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Advice to the New FDA Commissioner

Despite advances in information technology, the number of years it takes to approve a drug has about doubled every decade, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Playing the (Bad) Hand You're Dealt: Prop Up Obamacare or Kill It?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was predicated on what is sometimes referred to as a three-legged stool. If any one of the legs breaks or is removed, the stool topples along with anyone using it. The first leg is insurance regulations that guarantee everyone access to coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions. In addition, premiums cannot vary by health risk, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

The Trump Administration’s Attempt to Slow Obamacare’s Collapse through Rulemaking

Obamacare is enrolling too many sick people and too few healthy ones to prevent a death spiral. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a unit of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), has proposed a new rule to stabilize the Obamacare markets for individual health insurance. This was the first rule issued since Dr. Tom Price was appointed HHS secretary. The proposed Market Stabilization rule includes a number of measures to prevent people from entering the market when sick and exiting when healthy, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Obamacare Repeal & Replace 2.0: Where Do We Go from Here?

Passage of the AHCA (the Obamacare repeal bill) would have resulted in numerous benefits –-- getting rid of the individual and employer mandates, stopping the open-ended exchange subsidies and the huge expansion of Medicaid that will bankrupt America over time, are but a few, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick for Townhall.


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