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You’re Old, You’re Sick, Get Over It

Posted: January 4, 2017 at 1:30 pm   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

Senior citizens, don’t be fooled. The federal government asserts that Medicare sets a high bar for medical care and we are lucky to have it. Not so. It does, however, claim a virtual monopoly on health insurance coverage for all eligible persons. All citizens who receive Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board benefits automatically receive […]

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Quality and Value in Health Care Explained

Posted: November 17, 2016 at 7:30 am   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

The congressional echo chamber, on both sides of the aisle, constantly talks about the great reform fad: “payment for value” and “quality” care. And the Medicare version called MACRA passed nearly unanimously, with cheers from the marbled halls of the AMA tower. ObamaCare too constantly harps on “quality.” Politicians seem to think that payment for […]

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Medicare’s Next 50 Years:  Fix the Problems and Improve the Program

Posted: August 1, 2016 at 2:47 pm   /   Friends

Medicare, the giant health program covering senior and disabled citizens, turned 51 on July 30. While Americans understandably are preoccupied with a hot presidential race, the big policy problems loom regardless of the winner in November. And of all of the domestic issues, the future of Medicare is the biggest challenge facing the nation related […]

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The House Is Improving Medicare, and the Senate Can Make It Even Better

Posted: June 8, 2016 at 10:54 am   /   Politics

The House of Representatives has passed a short, but significant, 31 page Medicare bill, Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act (HR 5273). The House measure would improve traditional Medicare in a number of ways, though most of these would be technical changes to current law. Because the bill was largely non-controversial and thus enacted under a […]

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Healthcare Giant Abandons ‘Higher-Risk’ Obamacare Exchanges

Posted: April 19, 2016 at 4:32 pm   /   Politics

Health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group opted out of most Obamacare health exchanges on Tuesday after a review of its first-quarter earnings suggested the exchanges would be a risky investment. According to The Washington Times, UnitedHealth Group CEO Stephen J. Hemsley said on a first-quarter earnings call, that the small-market size and “shorter-term, higher-risk” profile of […]

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Ninety-Seven Percent of Obamacare “Newly Insured” Medicaid Expansion Patients

Posted: October 21, 2015 at 11:08 am   /   Politics

Tweet According to the latest reports from the Obama Administration, nine million more Americans are now covered by health insurance than were before the Affordable Care Act passed Congress. Although the Administration prefers to use numbers associated with “access,” which encompasses a greater number of people as it allows the Administration to account for potential […]

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Medicare: The Numbers Don’t Speak for Themselves

Posted: October 15, 2015 at 6:05 am   /   Politics

I got a powerful reminder a few months ago of a lesson I learned in grad school: numbers don’t speak for themselves. We must interpret them alertly if we are to learn from them. The numbers I came across are these: [Medicare] spends roughly $3 on administration for each $100 of medical services it buys […]

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It’s Time To Declare Victory in the War on Poverty

Posted: June 5, 2015 at 7:45 am   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

by Jerry Cavaliere (Originally written February 19, 2006) Introduction The War on Poverty started by President Johnson in 1964 has surpassed the War of the Roses (32 years) in duration, and if we continue with this unrealistic effort to eliminate poverty we will soon approach the 100 Years War (116 years) Victory in war is usually measured by how […]

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Congress Doesn’t Create Free Markets—It Only Destroys Them

Posted: January 17, 2015 at 7:30 am   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

When people clamor for Congress to pass a “free-market health plan,” they are forgetting two things: Congress only does laws, which restrict freedom. We need fewer laws, not more. And the free market is by nature not a plan. Big laws like ObamaCare are designed by special-interest groups, such as the “insurance” (managed care) cartel, […]

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