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Life Expectancy Drops First Time Since 1993

U.S. life expectancy dropped to 78.8 years in 2015, a decrease of 0.1 year from 2014. The entire decrease was for life expectancy at birth. Life expectancy at age 65 was unchanged from the previous year. In other words, children and working-age people are bearing the burden of this decline, despite more government intervention in their access to health services, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Obamacare Repeal Has Begun for Small Firms

The 21st Century Cures Act expands the use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) by small businesses. This is a win for small businesses which were harmed by Obamacare. Indeed, given the overwhelming bipartisan support for the 21st Century Cures Act, section 18001 could be defined as Democrat politicians, first real step towards conceding Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Obamacare's Effect on Obamacare's Health Costs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published a chart showing how health benefit costs among private employers have increased over the past decade. The chart shows health benefits increased from 6.9 percent of total compensation in September 2006 to 7.6 percent last September. The 0.7 percentage point absolute increase is a relative increase of ten percent, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Obama Just Partially Repealed Obamacare, Proving Republicans Can Succeed

It looks like we can be highly confident the Republican-majority Congress will repeal Obamacare very quickly starting in January. However, there is some question about what exactly will be repealed. Fortunately, the 21st Century Cures Act, which President Obama just signed, shows Republicans can lead on complex health reform legislation, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Health Savings Accounts Continue to Grow

One of Donald Trump's campaign promises is to make Health Savings Accounts more widely used. Unfortunately, the 2003 law which established HSAs requires they be linked with a highly regulated type of health insurance policy. Nevertheless, HSAs (which are bank accounts, not health insurance policies) are growing like gangbusters, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Puzder Pick Another Win For Trump on Health Reform

Soon after announcing his intention to nominate Tom Price, MD as U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Andrew Puzder Secretary of Labor. This is yet another good sign for the repeal of Obamacare, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Banning Organ Sales in Free Countries Enables Harvesting Prisoners' Organs In Unfree Ones

Two new films expose one of the most horrific markets operating today: Communist China's selling of organs harvested from prisoners of conscience. Free countries may not be able to stop this horrific practice, but they could reduce the demand for these organs by allowing free people to exercise the choice to sell their organs, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Repealing Obamacare Requires Deliberate, Thoughtful Process

The next Congress is likely to repeal Obamacare by "reconciliation," a parliamentary maneuver that allows a simple majority in the U.S. Senate to pass a bill. Otherwise, we could expect Democratic Senators to filibuster a repeal bill. However, not every jot and tittle of Obamacare can be repealed through reconciliation, which sets up a challenging couple of years (at least) for those who wish to repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered health care, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...

Drug Affordability and the 21st Century Cures Act

The high price of new drugs has become a political hot potato. Hillary Clinton made drug affordability a part of her platform -- as did President-elect Donald Trump. To a significant degree, over-priced drugs are a problem partly caused by politicians. Congress allowed the regulatory regime at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to run rampant. But maybe the laws regulating drug discovery are beginning to change, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick in Townhall...

Obamacare IS Socialized Medicine!

The "Affordable Care Act" was poorly named; it did not make care affordable. It made health coverage semi-affordable only for those newly-eligible for Medicaid and those earning up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level. The ACA took away the right of consumers to purchase the benefit package and type of coverage they prefer. It also took away the flexibility for insurers to experiment with differing plan designs, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick...


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