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Health Issues

Health Savings Accounts as Antidote to ObamaCare

Although Health Savings Accounts won't cure all of ObamaCare's ills, they have an important role in a Republican strategy to replace the fundamentally flawed health care law...

Labor Groups against ObamaCare

Major labor groups instrumental in helping the president win a second term are charging that ObamaCare is undercutting existing union-sponsored health insurance programs and even encouraging employers to cut workers' hours...

IRS Finalizes Penalty for ObamaCare Mandate

For the first year, the charge for not obtaining health insurance is $95 or 1 percent of household income; the penalty will increase to $695 per person or 2.5 percent of household income in 2016...

Out of Control Health Care Costs

A new survey found that there has been a total health care premium increase of 80 percent from 2003 to 2013...

How Your Doctor Is Driving Up Health Care Costs

Mothers who are doctors were 9 percent less likely to have unscheduled C-sections compared to non-physician mothers with similar characteristics...

A New Strategy to Take on ObamaCare

A letter calls on congressional Republican leaders to use one of this fall's legislative fights to impose a one-year delay of ObamaCare's individual mandate, exchange subsidies and taxes...

Accountable Care Organizations Don't Help ObamaCare

Rather than seeking to repair the broken accountable care organization model, reformers should create a new model that incorporates provider-driven managed care into a larger system of genuine consumer choice and marketplace competition...

High Deductible Plans Creating Health Care Slowdown

A big driver of the relative decrease in health care premiums is the rise of high-deductible health care plans...

ObamaCare's Success Is Dependent on Young Adults

About 3.7 million of those ages 18-34 will be at least $500 better off if they forgo health insurance in 2014 and pay the individual mandate penalty; more than 3 million will be $1,000 better off if they go the same route...

Nurse Practitioners Fight for the Right to Treat Patients

The California Medical Association, representing some 37,000 doctors, has spent more than $1 million to defeat a bill that would let some nurse practitioners do their work independently, arguing it would harm patients...


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