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Health Issues

42 Total Changes Made to Obamacare

Since its passage, the Affordable Care Act has been changed 42 times: twice by the Supreme Court, 16 times by Congress, and 24 times by President Obama himself, unilaterally...

Plaintiffs Can Receive Millions Under False Claims Act

Whistleblowers can collect 30 percent of the total recovery in a False Claims Act case...

Legal Battles Rage over Hepatitis-C Drugs

Drug companies can obtain patents for a "method of use" that utilizes drugs belonging to other patent owners...

Missouri Fights Prescription Database

States use drug databases to track medications and prescriptions in order to identify individuals who are acquiring painkillers and other addictive drugs...

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...


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