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Obamacare's "Slacker Mandate" Has Costs

The "slacker mandate" requires employer-based health plans to cover "children" on their parents' plans until they are 26. It took effect in 2010, with the result that young adults are sleeping and socializing more, and working less...

Hospital Ownership of Physicians Drives Up Costs

New research published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal shows that hospital ownership of medical practices drives up costs...

Here is an Example of Why Obamacare is a Job-Killer

Under Obamacare, it would be foolhardy for any firm employing low-wage/low-productivity workers to expand beyond 49 employees...

Large Insurer May Exit Exchange: The Exchange System is Collapsing Under its Own Weight

Insurers selling exchange plans are suffering adverse selection due to the perverse regulations which make health coverage a bad deal for all but the sickest enrollees...

Connected Care: Moving (And Keeping) Patients Out Of Hospitals

One of the greatest frustrations in health care is that technology tends to drive up costs...

Consumer Price Indices -- Medical Prices Rose Three Times Faster Than Other Prices

October's Consumer Price Index (CPI) confirms medical prices continue to spring ahead of prices for other goods and services, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Why the Obamacare Marketplace is Failing; and Why Congress Should Put it Out of its Misery

Obamacare premiums are skyrocketing because young, healthy individuals are staying away in droves...

Why Do States Expand Medicaid?

A recent report sheds light on why many states have turned down Medicaid expansion funds...

Health Prices Continue to Rise Faster Than Others

Despite a decline in October's Producer Price Index, health care costs are rising...

Back Door Way to Gouging Health Care Consumers

Increasingly, drug makers are asking doctors to bypass local drug stores and submit prescriptions directly to mail-order specialty pharmacies, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...


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