Daily Policy Digest

Health Issues

How Do 2015 Premiums Compare to 2014?

The Obama administration contended that the Affordable Care Act would send health insurance costs down, but premiums initially increased up to 50 percent for some insurance plans last year...

What if the Government Picked Your Insurance Plan?

Individuals enrolled in exchange health insurance plans are automatically re-enrolled in those same plans from year to year if they do not visit the exchanges to enroll elsewhere...

Making the "Doc Fix" Permanent

To curb Medicare spending growth, in 1997 lawmakers enacted a formula known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)...

FDA Menu Labeling Law Overreaches

When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, it included a provision requiring restaurants to display nutritional information for their menu items...

Some Generic Drug Costs Are Rising: Why?

From 1999 to 2010, generic drug use saved the American health system over $1 trillion; in 2010, it saved Americans $157 billion...

Administration Adds Dental Plans to Its Obamacare Numbers

How many people signed up for Obamacare? While the administration in September said that 7.3 million had gotten insurance coverage through the exchanges, that figure included people who had signed up for dental insurance...

A Simple Way States Can Cut Their Medicaid Rolls

Just by reevaluating who was on their state's welfare rolls, Illinois and Pennsylvania were able to remove hundreds of thousands of people from their Medicaid programs...

Repeal the Medicine Cabinet Tax on OTC Drugs

When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, it included what was essentially a tax on OTC drugs, because it made OTC medicines ineligible for reimbursement through health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs)...

How Obamacare Is Ruining Access to Doctors

Government policy is reducing the attractiveness of becoming a doctor and limiting patients' ability to access specialists and seek care at the nation's best hospitals...

Improving Long-Term Care in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's population is aging quickly -- while the amount of 85-year-olds in the United States will grow by 2 percent annually over the next few years, it will grow by more than 3 percent annually in Wisconsin...


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