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Health Issues

Health Insurance Costs Set for a Jolt

Healthy consumers could see insurance rates double or even triple when they look for individual coverage under the federal health law later this year...

Exchanging Medicaid for a Better Option

Nationally, less than one-third of physicians accept new patients enrolled in Medicaid, says Devon Herrick, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

ObamaCare Will Worsen the Physician Shortage

Health-system researchers have long noted that the nation faces a growing shortage of physicians across all specialties; adding 30 million Americans to the insurance rolls under ObamaCare will exacerbate access-to-care challenges...

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...


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