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Obamacare's Effect on Obamacare's Health Costs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published a chart showing how health benefit costs among private employers have increased over the past decade. The chart shows health benefits increased from 6.9 percent of total compensation in September 2006 to 7.6 percent last September. The 0.7 percentage point absolute increase is a relative increase of ten percent, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Obama Just Partially Repealed Obamacare, Proving Republicans Can Succeed

It looks like we can be highly confident the Republican-majority Congress will repeal Obamacare very quickly starting in January. However, there is some question about what exactly will be repealed. Fortunately, the 21st Century Cures Act, which President Obama just signed, shows Republicans can lead on complex health reform legislation, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Health Savings Accounts Continue to Grow

One of Donald Trump's campaign promises is to make Health Savings Accounts more widely used. Unfortunately, the 2003 law which established HSAs requires they be linked with a highly regulated type of health insurance policy. Nevertheless, HSAs (which are bank accounts, not health insurance policies) are growing like gangbusters, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Puzder Pick Another Win For Trump on Health Reform

Soon after announcing his intention to nominate Tom Price, MD as U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Andrew Puzder Secretary of Labor. This is yet another good sign for the repeal of Obamacare, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Banning Organ Sales in Free Countries Enables Harvesting Prisoners' Organs In Unfree Ones

Two new films expose one of the most horrific markets operating today: Communist China's selling of organs harvested from prisoners of conscience. Free countries may not be able to stop this horrific practice, but they could reduce the demand for these organs by allowing free people to exercise the choice to sell their organs, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Repealing Obamacare Requires Deliberate, Thoughtful Process

The next Congress is likely to repeal Obamacare by "reconciliation," a parliamentary maneuver that allows a simple majority in the U.S. Senate to pass a bill. Otherwise, we could expect Democratic Senators to filibuster a repeal bill. However, not every jot and tittle of Obamacare can be repealed through reconciliation, which sets up a challenging couple of years (at least) for those who wish to repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered health care, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Drug Affordability and the 21st Century Cures Act

The high price of new drugs has become a political hot potato. Hillary Clinton made drug affordability a part of her platform -- as did President-elect Donald Trump. To a significant degree, over-priced drugs are a problem partly caused by politicians. Congress allowed the regulatory regime at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to run rampant. But maybe the laws regulating drug discovery are beginning to change, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick in Townhall...

Obamacare IS Socialized Medicine!

The "Affordable Care Act" was poorly named; it did not make care affordable. It made health coverage semi-affordable only for those newly-eligible for Medicaid and those earning up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level. The ACA took away the right of consumers to purchase the benefit package and type of coverage they prefer. It also took away the flexibility for insurers to experiment with differing plan designs, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Castro's Death and Cuban Health Care

The recent death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro brought forth a grotesque encomium from the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who asserted "Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation." The reality is very different: Hep C is communicated by blood transfusions, patients' families have to bring their own sheets and soap to hospitals, which sometimes lack electricity, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Health Jobs Grow 1.5 Times Faster Than Non-Health Jobs

This morning's jobs report maintained the trend of high growth in health services, which grew 1.5 times faster than non-health jobs. With 28,000 jobs added, health services accounted for almost one in six of 178,000 new jobs. The disproportionately high share of job growth in health services is a deliberate outcome of Obamacare, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...


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