Daily Policy Digest
|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...
|What's Really Going on with the Latest Clinton Email Scandal
Whether it's Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation, or the email scandal, national security has often taken a backseat to self and convenience. I fear this behavior will not change, writes NCPA Senior Fellow David Grantham...
|Health Jobs Grew Twice As Fast As Non-Heath Jobs in October
Friday's jobs report maintained the trend of high growth in health services, with those jobs growing twice as fast as non-health jobs (0.21 percent versus 0.10 percent). With 31,000 jobs added, health services accounted for almost one fifth of 161,000 new jobs. The disproportionately high share of job growth in health services is a deliberate outcome of Obamacare, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham...
|Artificial Intelligence Is Here: Now What?
The long-term societal benefits of commercialization of AI in education, energy conservation, environmental protection, and health care are indeed worth the commitment to fairness, inclusiveness, and transparency the Partnership on AI publicly supports as part of its efforts to help facilitate AI's acceptance in the United States, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Thomas Hemphill...