Daily Policy Digest
|Will Trump Really Kick 22 Million Off Health Insurance?
Now that repeal of Obamacare is within striking distance, Obamacare's supporters and the media are aghast at over 20 million people potentially losing their overly expensive health insurance. If Republican politicians cannot overcome this objection, they will never move forward with repealing and replacing Obamacare, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|What Will TrumpCare Look Like?
President-elect Donald Trump made repealing Obamacare the cornerstone of his campaign. Now that he has won, his future administration is faced with the daunting task of unraveling nearly seven years of Obamacare, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick for Townhall...
|Big Pharma and Access to Medicines
A new report ranks research-based pharmaceutical companies on a number of measurements of how they make medicines available to patients in low-income countries. Philanthropic enterprises (such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) are entering these partnerships with for-profit drug makers. It is a far healthier development than the old-fashioned approach of just beating up drug makers for their greed, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|Health Coverage The Same As Ten Years Ago
Critics of Obamacare who focus on its increasing the proportion of people dependent on Medicaid (a welfare program) ignore the great expansion of Medicaid dependency years before anyone had heard of Barack Obama, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|Bill Clinton is Right: Obamacare is Crazy for Workers
Bill Clinton recently referred to high marginal income tax rates that Obamacare imposes on workers through the design of its tax credits, which get clawed back in a very unfair way. The Administration recently confessed premiums for the benchmark Obamacare plans are going up 25 percent, on average. Trying to appease angry enrollees, the Administration feebly claims tax credits reduce net premiums people pay, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|The Dark Uncertainty of Transitions
The new President Donald J. Trump must give clear commander's intent, and trust his team to execute that guidance. He needs to have a strategic planning group that is not just looking at the first 100 days, but the first two years. He must instill confidence in himself as a leader, knowing that running a private sector business is quite different from governing a nation, being the Head of State of America, and wearing the most important title of Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces. Mr. Trump must anticipate events and trends, and be able to proactively confront impending issues -- such as a potential interest rate increase by Federal Reserve Chairman, Janet Yellen. He must recognize that the enemies of America are planning their next attacks and assaults against us, and the very ideal of freedom and liberty, writes Allen West...
|Should Government Pay Family Members to Care For Disabled Patients?
The Department of Justice has had significant success tracking down and charging those who bill Medicaid and Medicare falsely, which often goes hand-in-hand with financial fraud in the area of personal-care services. Personal caregivers funded by Medicaid have been charged with severe neglect, leading even to deaths of disabled patients. Three quarters of caregivers funded by Medicaid are family members, and they are among the culprits, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|Health Policy Election 2016 Post-Mortem
America dodged a bullet on health care -- but still has a lot of work ahead. The high cost of Obamacare is arguably one of the many issues that drove Americans to the polls to vote for Trump or against Clinton. If it did nothing else, Trump’s victory is important because it blocked the plethora of bad health policy ideas championed by Clinton. The leading presidential candidates' positions on health reform could not be farther apart. Whereas Hillary Clinton wanted to double down on Obamacare and expand it, Donald Trump plans to repeal Obamacare in its entirety. Clinton wanted to expand Obamacare subsidies, she wanted to expand Medicaid eligibility in the remaining states that have not done so and she even wanted to expand eligibility for Medicare. She also wanted to enact a Soviet-style system of price controls on drugs and make drug makers justify their prices -- whatever that means, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham.
|Would Lifting the Taxable Earnings Cap Make Social Security More Solvent?
The annual Social Security Trustees report was quietly released in June, but it looked bleak. The Social Security program (including retirement benefits, Disability and Supplemental Security Income) is facing an $11.4 trillion unfunded liability over the next 75 years. The liability increases to $32 trillion into the indefinite future, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Pam Villarreal...
|Three Reasons Donald Trump Won
Donald Trump's stunning victory last night left media and political pundits shocked and in some cases, horrified. But for anybody who has not benefited from the post-2008 economic recovery (and there are still many), this upset came as no surprise. Here are three factors I believe that the media and pundits underestimated, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Pam Villarreal...