Daily Policy Digest

Health Issues

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...

The Price of Public Health Care Insurance in Canada

For the average Canadian family, between 2003 and 2013 the cost of public health care insurance increased more than 1.5 times faster than the cost of shelter and clothing, more than twice as fast as food, and nearly 1.5 times faster than average income...

States Debate Medicaid Expansion

Indiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee are still trying to decide whether to expand Medicaid enrollment under the new federal health care law...


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