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Health Issues

Doctor Payments Vary Widely

Physicians at the high end of the reimbursement spectrum get more than twice as much as those at the low end for the same service, with little apparent reason for the difference...

ObamaCare Will Add to the Fiscal Burden

The Affordable Care Act will be neither an unqualified success nor a total failure, but it will change the face of the U.S. insurance market and add to the country's fiscal burden...

ObamaCare's Technology Mess

The current ObamaCare software doesn't even try to take a serious stab at letting consumers match the health plans on the exchanges with their particular medical needs, or with their providers, at the point of enrollment...

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...


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