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Health Issues

Insignificant Correlation between Hospital Price and Quality

There is no statistically significant relationship between hospital prices and quality, as measured by colon cancer surgery mortality...

Psychological Hurdles of Using ObamaCare Exchanges

Some principles of behavioral economics suggest that even if the exchanges have a flawless rollout, consumers could have a bumpy road to choosing their insurance...

IRS Fails to Account for $67 Million for ObamaCare

The Internal Revenue Service failed to track some $67 million in indirect costs of implementing the 2010 health care overhaul...

How Many Die from Medical Mistakes in U.S. Hospitals?

In 2010, bad hospital care contributed to the deaths of 180,000 patients in Medicare alone in a given year, but in reality, the number could be much higher...

Eight Things That Could Go Wrong with ObamaCare

A study last year estimated that roughly 2.6 percent of exchange applicants "judged eligible for subsidies would receive advance payments on those subsidies that were too high by $208 per year, on average"...

The Affordable Care Act Is Not So Affordable

Purchasing health insurance through the exchanges will be complicated and the plans will be expensive, even with sizable federal subsidies...

ObamaCare Exchanges: One Big Headache

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act are beginning to accept that at least the first few months of operation will be difficult for most of the insurance exchanges...

ObamaCare Faces Skepticism

Among the uninsured, 76 percent of respondents polled said they didn't understand the Affordable Care Act and how it would affect them...

Ohio's Medicaid Expansion

There are about 3 million individuals living in Ohio with incomes under 139 percent of the federal poverty level, about one-fourth of whom lack health coverage, say Devon Herrick, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, and Linda Gorman, director of the Health Policy Center at the Independence Institute...

Virginia's Medicaid Expansion

There are about 1.7 million individuals living in Virginia with incomes under 139 percent of the federal poverty level, although only about 486,000 of them lack health coverage, say Devon Herrick, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, and Linda Gorman, director of the Health Policy Center at the Independence Institute...


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