Daily Policy Digest

Health Issues

A Word of Caution for Today's Youth

A recent study shows that 80 percent of Americans in their 20s will face higher costs under the new health care law...

Health Insurance Mandates Show Why Regulatory Reform Is Needed

Given the current high-decibel legislative debate over ObamaCare, some objective information about the effects of the essential health services mandate could be just what's needed, but the current regulatory process produces no such elixir...

Does ObamaCare Discourage Marriage?

The structure of the exchange subsidies creates perverse disincentives to family formation that add to the existing marriage penalty in the tax law, says Devon M. Herrick, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Health Co-Ops Never Had a Chance

The Obama administration has estimated that more than a third of the nearly $2 billion it has lent to nonprofit health insurance co-ops will not be repaid...

The Cost of "Observation" Status for Medicare Recipients

From 2004 to 2011, the number of observation services administered per Medicare beneficiary rose by almost 34 percent, while admissions per beneficiary declined 7.8 percent...

A Psychiatric Trick or Treat

Untreated mentally ill individuals are now responsible for at least 10 percent of all homicides and half of the mass killings such as those at Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, Newtown, and the Washington Navy Yard, says E. Fuller Torrey...

Beyond the Obamacare Website Fiasco

Comparisons of health care exchange premiums with those found prior to October 1 show that premiums are higher now in at least 45 states, says Michael Tanner with Cato Institute...

Patients, Firms Shop for Better Health Care Deals

Insurers, employers and individuals are shopping around for health care as they try to tame rising health care costs...

Docs Resisting ObamaCare

New York doctors are treating ObamaCare like the plague, a new survey reveals...

Obamacare: 'Adverse Selection' Followed by a 'Death Spiral'

Younger people, who tend to have very low anticipated medical costs, are supposed to help pay for the medical costs of older or sicker enrollees. Without them, so-called risk pools might become too risky, forcing insurers to raise premiums, says the New York Times...


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