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Veterans Deserve Better Health Care

President-elect Trump has nominated David Shulkin, MD, to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Can veterans hope for better reform than just more tinkering with the current bureaucracy? Or will they have the opportunity to liberate themselves from it? No other public servants, active or retired, are forced to go to government-owned hospitals for care, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Health Jobs Explode Versus Non-Health Jobs

Health jobs exploded in last week's jobs report, growing more than three times faster than non-health jobs (0.28 percent versus 0.09 percent). With 43,000 jobs added, health services accounted for over one quarter of 156,000 new nonfarm civilian jobs, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Congress Should Take Steps to Make Drugs More Affordable

As Republicans squabble about how to repeal & replace Obamacare, lost in the debate is the way most Americans actually access our health care system. In any given year, most people don't ride in the back of an ambulance heading to the ER. Nor do they convalesce in a hospital bed. Most of the medical care Americans receive is not even provided in doctors' offices. The most common way Americans access our health care system is by taking a pill, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Zika In Florida: A Case Study in Government Failure

It is remarkable that the American people are not outraged that the U.S. government has let mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus enter Florida, where they continue to infect people. This has happened while the federal government's energy has focused on controlling people's private health choices, such as forcing Catholic nuns to pay for artificial contraceptives, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

How to Make New Drugs More Affordable

Over the past several years, a few high-priced drugs have elevated drug spending to a political issue. Patients are more sensitive to rising costs due to increasing deductibles and, because consumers pay more of their drug costs, pharmaceutical companies are less able to pass on high prices without anyone noticing, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Why Did The FDA Approve 57 Percent Fewer New Medicines Last Year Than 2015?

The Food and Drug Administration has reported it approved only 19 innovative new medicines last year, versus 51 in 2015. The regulatory burden of approval has increased so much, it is contributing to a significant reduction in the rate of return on capital invested in pharmaceutical development. According to new research, the rate of return has collapsed from 10.1 percent in 2010 to 3.7 percent last year, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Life Expectancy Drops First Time Since 1993

U.S. life expectancy dropped to 78.8 years in 2015, a decrease of 0.1 year from 2014. The entire decrease was for life expectancy at birth. Life expectancy at age 65 was unchanged from the previous year. In other words, children and working-age people are bearing the burden of this decline, despite more government intervention in their access to health services, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Obamacare Repeal Has Begun for Small Firms

The 21st Century Cures Act expands the use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) by small businesses. This is a win for small businesses which were harmed by Obamacare. Indeed, given the overwhelming bipartisan support for the 21st Century Cures Act, section 18001 could be defined as Democrat politicians, first real step towards conceding Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

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...


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