Tag: Government subsidies

Health Benefits Cost 40 Percent More for Government Workers than for Private Workers »

I recently criticized an advocacy piece by an employers’ group, a report that promoted harmful, government-driven, solutions to price transparency in health care. This blog post will argue that private employers are not entirely ineffective. The media never fails to give good coverage to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Annual Employer Health Benefits Survey, which...
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U.S. War on Poverty Failed While Global Poverty Declined 80%: Economic Liberalization Begets Prosperity and Equality »

50 years after LBJ declared a “War on Poverty,” the U.S. would do well to take a page from the global playbook—whereby economic liberalization and more open trade has resulted in an 80% decline in abject poverty since 1976. The graphs below, taken from the National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper, “Parametric Estimations...
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Entitlements »

Here is a story about a recent court case in which a federal judge blocked the State of Georgia from charging $5 per month charge to low-income recipients for federally-subsidized cell phone service. One reason I find this interesting is that as recently as 1999 only 32% of Americans had cell phones, according to...
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Rationing Schooling Freedom in Collectivist Oakland »

You can’t have too much of a good thing—unless you mean freedom and you live in Oakland, apparently. Oakland Unified School District school board member Jody London says enough’s enough when it comes to parents looking out for their own kids’ education. What does she mean? Oakland has the highest concentration of charter schools...
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Obamacare Risk Adjustment: Moving the Goalposts »

As noted in a previous blog entry, the Obama administration has ways to partially immunize health insurers from losing money in Obamacare’s exchanges. A later entry proposed that early results of open enrollment for Obamacare, which began on October 1, suggest that health insurers will require a bigger bailout than originally anticipated, and the...
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Can Obama Bail Out the Health Insurers? »

Beacon readers are ahead of many other witnesses to the Obamacare train wreck, having had the benefit of my November 7 blog post explaining the “risk corridors” by which the taxpayer will subsidize health insurers who lose money in the Obamacare health-insurance exchanges. That blog post argued that health insurers are in a pickle,...
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Pelosi Caught on Obamacare Lies »

On the November 17th edition of “Meet the Press,” NBC’s David Gregory admirably confronts Nancy Pelosi, having been a key architect and political organizer for Obamacare as House Majority Leader, regarding her June 10, 2009, MSNBC TV-interview statement that, “What we are talking about is affordable, quality, accessible healthcare for all Americans. It’s about...
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Tattering the Safety Net »

Here is irony: the people who talk the most about the need for a social safety net (including the president himself!) are cheerleaders for a health reform that is going to shred it. How is that happening? By means of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Through the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the federal government...
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Scary Movie Medicare Edition: We Pay Dead People »

A new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General finds that it pays to be dead. As the OIG explains: Prior OIG studies and audit reports have identified Medicare payments made on behalf of deceased beneficiaries. ... We identified Medicare beneficiaries who, according to the Social Security...
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My Limited Experience with Obamacare »

I confess I don’t know much about Obamacare. Like the legislators who passed it, I have not read the law, and I’ve had some discussions over lunch with my colleagues where we disagreed about how the insurance exchanges offered coverage and what options were available to people who wanted it. I get my health...
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