Tag: health care
Ambulatory Surgery Centers Saved $38 Billion in Private Health Spending

New research from the Healthcare Bluebook (sponsored by the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association) indicates the privately insured population saved $38 billion by using Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) instead of hospital outpatient departments for day surgeries. That figure includes $5 billion of lower out-of-pocket costs paid by patients directly. What is remarkable is that only...
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Another Hit on Price Transparency in Health Care

JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, has published a research article challenging the doctrine that price transparency leads to lower health costs. Sunita Desai, et al., found: Two large employers represented in multiple market areas across the United States offered an online health care price transparency tool to their employees. One introduced...
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Significant Drop in Private Health Facilities Construction in September

After an uptick in August, health construction starts declined significantly in September: A 0.1 percent decline versus a 0.6 percent increase for other construction starts (see Table I). On a twelve-month basis health facilities construction is positive, but running slower than the booming non-health construction market: 9 percent versus 14.3 percent. The short-term decline...
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Data Show Deflation Except in Health Care

September’s Producer Price Index declined 0.5 percent, month on month, and dropped 1.1 percent, year on year. A mild deflation appears to be taking hold in the general economy. However, it is not so in health care. Of the 14 sub-indices for health-related goods and services, only five declined month on month. Only three...
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New Evidence that Obamacare Is Working?

Obamacare supporters are excited by a research article suggesting Obamacare is working to increase access to care. In an article published in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers followed up respondents to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index (which I’ve discussed previously). Yes, in an absolute sense, their access to care improved. According...
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Roberts Was Influenced by the “Greenhouse Effect”

There has been all sorts of speculation on the web about whether or when Chief Justice Roberts switched his vote to join the liberals in upholding the mandate. Jan Crawford of Face the Nation has a good article on the switch based on some insider sources. It does seem to indicate that Roberts cared about...
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Limits on the taxing power?

Calling the individual mandate a “tax” within the power of Congress is unsettling. Roberts noted this himself in his opinion: If it is troubling to interpret the Commerce Clause as authorizing Congress to regulate those who abstain from commerce, perhaps it should be similarly troubling to permit Congress to impose a tax for not...
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ObamaCare Mandate Upheld: Those dirty, rotten taxes!

I am still working my way through the opinions in the health care case (193 pages in total), which can be found here. But here is what I see as the skinny: 1. Chief Justice Roberts defected from the ranks of the conservatives to uphold the individual mandate. The Vote was 5-4. Roberts, Ginsburg,...
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Does (or Should) SCOTUS Have the Final Word on the ObamaCare Statute?

A war of words is brewing. Earlier this week The Beacon noted that the President suggested the Supreme Court would be engaging in judicial activism if it struck the individual mandate. Apparently, Judge Jerry Smith of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals did not like the President’s statement. Smith was sitting on a panel...
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Is the Court Engaging in Activism if It Strikes Down ObamaCare?

The President is issuing warnings that any adverse judicial action on the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act will amount to activism. Here is a snippet of his comments as appearing in USA Today: “I’d just remind conservative commentators that for years what we’ve heard is the biggest problem on the bench was judicial...
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