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Health Issues

Small Business Owners Fear the Affordable Care Act

Forty-one percent of businesses surveyed have frozen hiring because of the health care law known as ObamaCare...

Independent Payment Advisory Board: The Death Panel

The Independent Payment Advisory Board threatens both the Medicare program and the Constitution's separation of powers...

Federal Health Insurance Exchanges May Skip Most of Mississippi

People in 36 of Mississippi's 82 counties may not be able to buy health insurance through the new federal online marketplace when it starts enrolling customers in October...

Medicare by the Scary Numbers

Based on more plausible assumptions, the unfunded liability for Medicare is more than $100 trillion, say John C. Goodman, president and CEO, and Laurence J. Kotlikoff, a senior fellow, with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Doctors Perform Thousands of Unnecessary Surgeries

Unnecessary surgeries might account for 10 percent to 20 percent of all operations in some specialties, including a wide range of cardiac procedures as well as many spinal surgeries...

Recent Decrease in National Health Expenditures Not Caused by ObamaCare

In order to keep wages from going down, employers have been requiring workers to assume direct responsibility for more of their health insurance premiums...

Cash-Only Doctors Abandon the Insurance System

A Medscape survey found 6 percent of physicians in the cash-only business in 2013, up from 4 percent in 2012...

Veterans Affairs Fails to Curb Suicide Epidemic

Veterans represent only 7 percent of the population, but 22 percent of all reported suicides, says Kyle Buckley, a graduate student fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis and a veteran of the U.S. Army...

The Affordable Care Act Subsidizes People to Quit their Jobs

The Congressional Budget Office has concluded that 800,000 people will take early retirements or quit as a consequence of the Affordable Care Act...

Lawmaker, Aides and Staff Are Worried about ObamaCare

Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to the Affordable Care Act that they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting...


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