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How to Solve the Pre-Existing Condition Problem

The primary sticking point in health reform is what to do with high-cost individuals who have pre-existing health conditions. NCPA senior fellow, Devon Herrick, discusses a proposal states could do to remove the burden of costly enrollees from jacking up insurance premiums for healthy individuals who would then drop out...

Weak Idea at Bernie's: Bureaucrats Should Not Negotiate Drug Prices

Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Elijah Cummings -- along with a few other liberal Members of Congress -- want to change the way Medicare purchases drugs for seniors. Even President Trump has perpetuated the idea that having the government negotiate prices directly with drug makers would lower Medicare’s drug costs. It is a popular talking point mainly because many Americans naively assume Medicare does not haggle over the price of drugs. However, it’s a dumb idea; drugs used by seniors are negotiated through an elaborate bargaining process, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Can Consumers Be Smart Health-Care Shoppers?

Patients are told they need to take greater control over their care. But are laypeople capable of sifting through all their choices to make the right decisions -- particularly when it comes to costs?, asks NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Advice to the New FDA Commissioner

Despite advances in information technology, the number of years it takes to approve a drug has about doubled every decade, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

Playing the (Bad) Hand You're Dealt: Prop Up Obamacare or Kill It?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was predicated on what is sometimes referred to as a three-legged stool. If any one of the legs breaks or is removed, the stool topples along with anyone using it. The first leg is insurance regulations that guarantee everyone access to coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions. In addition, premiums cannot vary by health risk, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...

The Trump Administration’s Attempt to Slow Obamacare’s Collapse through Rulemaking

Obamacare is enrolling too many sick people and too few healthy ones to prevent a death spiral. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a unit of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), has proposed a new rule to stabilize the Obamacare markets for individual health insurance. This was the first rule issued since Dr. Tom Price was appointed HHS secretary. The proposed Market Stabilization rule includes a number of measures to prevent people from entering the market when sick and exiting when healthy, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Obamacare Repeal & Replace 2.0: Where Do We Go from Here?

Passage of the AHCA (the Obamacare repeal bill) would have resulted in numerous benefits –-- getting rid of the individual and employer mandates, stopping the open-ended exchange subsidies and the huge expansion of Medicaid that will bankrupt America over time, are but a few, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick for Townhall.

Third-Party Payment is the Root Cause of Health System Dysfunction

It's a fundamental economic truth that too much health insurance actually increases costs. That is why other types of insurance—think of car accidents or warehouse fires -- only cover catastrophic costs. The full cost impact of our over reliance on health insurance, provided by both government and private insurers, is staggering, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

California Single-Payer Bill Looks Backward, Not Forward to New Era of Patient Choice

The California state legislature is considering yet another bill to impose a so-called single-payer, government monopoly, health care system. This has long been an obsession of the militant California Nurses' Union, because a health system under total government control would suit the narrow interests of union leaders. They would accrue power similar to that wielded by other public-sector unions and might even be able to negotiate contracts similar to those enjoyed by state and local employees, which are driving public finances across the state into the ditch, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

The Logic-Defying CBO Obamacare Replacement Score Breaks Its Own Rules, among Other Problems

Dr. Tom Price, the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, has said the Congressional Budget Office's recent "score" of the Republican Obamacare replacement bill defies logic. Even worse, it defies the very rules which govern the CBO, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...


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