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Health Issues

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...

States Scramble to Drive Down Medicaid Drug Costs

The Affordable Care Act allows states to receive drug rebates even if they move their Medicaid prescription benefit to managed-care organizations...

Is ObamaCare Paving the Way for a Single-Payer System?

Police in Britain recently investigated the deaths of 300 patients at one hospital due to neglect...

ObamaCare Is Lowering Part-Time Workers' Hours

The number of individuals working 25-29 hours per week in their primary job rose by 119,000, or 2.7 percent, from a year ago; the number clocking 30 to 34 hours a week fell by a monthly average of 146,500, or 1.4 percent...

Detroit Shows How Cities Can Shakedown ObamaCare

Detroit will give its retirees under age 65 who don't qualify for Medicare an unspecific monthly stipend to help defray health care coverage costs; they will obtain the balance from ObamaCare exchanges...

The U.S. Health Care System Can Be Fixed Without ObamaCare

Health insurance companies should be allowed and encouraged to charge individualized premiums to consumers that reflect their true health care costs...

Health Insurance Tax Exemptions Create Market Distortion

Over the next five fiscal years, the federal government would collect around $1 trillion in income tax revenue if employer-provided health benefits were taxed, plus another $600 billion in payroll tax revenue...


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