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Health Issues

25 States, Unfortunately, Expand Medicaid

Twenty-five states, plus the District of Columbia, have now signed on to take part in an aspect of the Affordable Care Act that is both optional and ill-considered...

The Next Headache from Obamacare

On Nov. 1, the health law's malfunctioning enrollment system is supposed to send reams of data to states so they can begin placing thousands of people into Medicaid, but the transfer system has barely been tested and could be vulnerable to technical failures...

ObamaCare Will Contract the Labor Market

It is not crazy to think that some people will try to reduce their income below 400 percent of the poverty level among other ways by working a little less in order to receive an ObamaCare subsidy...

The Costly Effects of Medicare

A $1 change in Medicare's payments leads to a $1.30 change in private payments...

Double Trouble for Detroit Retirees

Effective January 1, Detroit's retirees will no longer receive coverage from the government; instead they will receive a stipend to use toward private plans from the federal insurance exchange -- an exchange beset by glitches...

Loosening Doctor Regulations

Foreign-educated doctors are more likely to spread out to areas with a shortage of physicians, bringing down costs and expanding access to care...

Doctor Choice in ObamaCare? Not So Much

WellPoint, a BlueCross BlueShield insurer that offers policies in 14 states, is narrowing its networks in many markets after research showed consumers care more about the price than the provider...

Ingredients to Successful Health Care Reform

Medicare currently requires huge intergenerational wealth transfers to stay afloat, yet it still teeters on the edge of insolvency...

Florida's Market-Based Medicaid Reform

Integrating drug and health benefits in a statewide managed care program could save Florida Medicaid $5.1 billion over 10 years, says Michael Bond, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

How Will You Fare in the ObamaCare Exchanges?

The general experience for individuals shopping on the health insurance exchange is that of increasing premiums from what was available to them prior to implementation of the exchanges...


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