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Health Issues

Repeal the Medicine Cabinet Tax on OTC Drugs

When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, it included what was essentially a tax on OTC drugs, because it made OTC medicines ineligible for reimbursement through health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs)...

How Obamacare Is Ruining Access to Doctors

Government policy is reducing the attractiveness of becoming a doctor and limiting patients' ability to access specialists and seek care at the nation's best hospitals...

Improving Long-Term Care in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's population is aging quickly -- while the amount of 85-year-olds in the United States will grow by 2 percent annually over the next few years, it will grow by more than 3 percent annually in Wisconsin...

Cadillac Tax Will Hurt Employees

Obamacare's "Cadillac tax" will soon hit American consumers -- even those who do not have high-value health coverage...

Medicaid Funding System Encourages More Spending

In 2013, there were 73 million Americans dependent on Medicaid. By 2024, that number is expected to reach 93 million...

Debunking Myths Surrounding King v. Burwell

The Supreme Court recently announced that it will hear the case of King v. Burwell, in which plaintiffs have challenged the IRS's decision to grant subsidies to enrollees in federally-run exchanges...

The ACA's Broken Promises

Have insurance premiums fallen by up to $2,500 for the typical family, as the president promised would happen under Obamacare? Nope. In reality, family premiums for employer-offered plans have increased by an average of nearly $3,500 since 2009...

E-Cigarette Regulations Are Counterproductive

E-cigarettes can help smokers quit; between 7 and 20 percent of smokers have been successful in using e-cigarettes to quit their smoking habit...

Will Congress Refuse to Fund the Risk Corridors?

The new Republican controlled Congress may refuse to fund the "risk corridors" program in the Affordable Care Act, which subsidizes unsuccessful insurance companies...

Medicare Paying for Unnecessary Drug Testing for Seniors

Medicare spent $445 million in 2012 to test for drug abuse among seniors, a 1,423 percent increase from five years earlier...


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