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Health Issues

Latest ObamaCare Enrollment Report

December had the highest number of insurance sign-ups at 1.78 million; to get to its goal, the Obama administration would need a 63 percent increase from that month to March...

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Drug Labeling Proposal Needs Improvement

A new U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposal on generic drug safety labeling needs better analysis...

Competition in Medicare

The Affordable Care Act made large cuts to Medicare Advantage-- the Congressional Budget Office placed the number at $150 billion over 10 years...

Geographic Variation in Medicare Spending

In 2012, Medicare spent 2.5 times more per beneficiary in Miami, Florida ($15,957) than it did in Grand Junction, Colorado ($6,569)...

Telemedicine Use Is Rising

Up to 70 percent of doctor visits can actually be handled over the phone...

Replace ObamaCare, Stat

The problems that ObamaCare is creating in the labor market would vanish with a uniform tax credit and no mandate, says John Goodman, president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis and a senior fellow with the Independent Institute...

The TRICARE Quagmire

Only 58 percent of civilian providers accepted new TRICARE patients between 2008 and 2011, while 72 percent accepted new Medicaid patients and 96 percent accepted new commercially insured patients, says Jacob Casey, a research associate with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Code Chaos

With changes to the health care coding system, the number of codes in the system will skyrocket from 17,000 to 155,000...

Relaxing Licensing Requirements on Nurse Practitioners

Restrictive state licensing practices only increase the cost of medical care without increasing the quality of that care...

ObamaCare's Failed State Exchanges

Maryland received $157.2 million in federal dollars for a state health insurance exchange site that failed almost simultaneously with its launch...


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