Tag: Healthcare

Why Did Health Spending Slow Down Before It Sped Up? »

Last quarter, spending on health care grew an astounding 9.9%. That’s the biggest percent change in healthcare spending since 1980. What’s the reason? Many people blame it on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more popularly known as Obamacare. But this assessment contrasts markedly with the picture the president painted for us only a few...
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Four Recent Polls Show Obamacare Extremely Vulnerable »

The media told us that Obamacare’s enrolling 8 million (or so) beneficiaries in the health-insurance exchanges by the end of March was an epic achievement. If that was the best the administration could do, it was not nearly good enough for the American people. Five polls, conducted since Obamacare’s initial open enrollment closed, confirm...
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Government Failure.gov »

Headlining at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, the president garnered huge laughs over the fact that he’s destroying the American healthcare sector and has failed to provide an alternative: “Of course, we rolled out HealthCare.gov,” Obama said of his tough year in 2013. “That could have gone better.” “In 2008, my slogan...
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Health Care Workforce Continues to Shift Away from Hospitals »

Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics latest employment report shows that health care continues to add jobs at about the same rate as the rest of the economy, the shift of jobs to the outpatient setting continues. From March to April, hospitals barely added two thousand new workers. Physicians’ offices, on the other hand,...
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New Video with Ron Paul: “Defining Liberty: The Future of Freedom” »

How can Americans overcome record government spending and debt, escalating healthcare costs, intrusive federal surveillance, endless wars, ongoing economic malaise, high unemployment, failing schools, and increasing abuses of civil and economic liberties? In this superb, new video from the recent, sold-out event sponsored by The Independent Institute and The Smith Center for Private Enterprise...
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Number of Patient Payments to Healthcare Providers Up 72 Percent in 3 Years »

Although Obamacare’s health-insurance policies are shocking people by imposing very high deductibles, high deductibles alone are a feature, not a bug, of high-performing health insurance. In the absence of over-regulation of health insurance, every dollar a beneficiary pays directly to a healthcare provider, instead of to a health insurer as premium, reduces administrative and...
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Is the Canadian Middle Class Doing Better than the American Middle Class? »

The New York Times made a splash last week with an analysis that purportedly shows that the U.S. middle class is declining relative to the middle class in other countries. Especially, the data make it look like Canadian median income surpassed U.S. median income in 2010, when U.S. median income was $18,700. This analysis...
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The FDA’s Productivity and Consistency Have Collapsed in a Decade »

Joseph A. DiMasi, Christopher-Paul Milne, and Alex Tabarrok have written a devastating Report Card demonstrating how poorly the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does its business. The FDA has a government-granted monopoly on deciding the safety and efficacy of new medicines. Nobody in America is allowed to choose to take a medicine not approved...
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Obama’s Push to Recruit Young Adults into Obamacare Falls Short »

The White House and its media allies have been cheerleading Obamacare’s apparent success at exceeding the president’s stated target for enrollments in the Obamacare health-insurance exchanges. Even more importantly, they have asserted that a significant proportion enrolled in the exchanges are young people. President Obama declared that 35 percent of enrollees are under the...
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What Are the Financial Risks of Being Uninsured? »

Previously, Chris Conover showed that the medical risk of being uninsured is small: ...[T]he evidence that having health insurance will reduce mortality risk by any significant amount is pretty thin...even if we assume that having coverage reduces the chance of early death by 22 percent, this is comparable to a half dozen other risks...
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