Kathleen Sebelius Sticks American People With Higher Costs, Fewer Choices, and Lost Jobs

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Better Government, Better Society |

By Doug Bandow Congress passed the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act four years ago. It was a signal political achievement. Alas, ObamaCare is proving to be a policy bust as Kathleen Sebelius leaves her job as Secretary of Health and Human Services. For instance, health insurance premiums are rising dramatically, especially for the young. The federal government now mandates expensive “benefits” that many people do not need...

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One More Politically Damaging Part of Obamacare Gets Ignored

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Better Government |

By Merrill Matthews Poof!  And one more Obamacare problem for Democrats seeking reelection goes away. It’s good to be king. News accounts claimed that more than two dozen Democrats were urging Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to scale back Obamacare’s planned cuts to the Medicare Advantage program. About 30 percent of seniors opt out of traditional Medicare and choose a private Medicare Advantage health...

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Between 15% And 25% Of Those Who Make Their First Obamacare Payment Could Drop Coverage Later

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Better Society |

By Merrill Matthews The White House has proudly announced that 4 million Americans are now enrolled in Obamacare.  More astute analysts rightly point out that being “enrolled” doesn’t mean enrollees have made their first premium payment, which could be a big hurdle.  But the even bigger question is: In the volatile individual health insurance market, how many will continue to pay their premiums? Since its inception, the Obama...

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Ten Steps for a Market-Oriented Health Care System

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Better Society |

By Merrill Matthews The country needs a health care reform plan that would replace Obamacare, while increasing access, lowering costs and improving the quality of care—all the things Obamacare was supposed to do but doesn’t. The principles for creating a consumer driven, market-oriented health care plan that would achieve those goals have been around for years, and a number of Republicans have included them in their various reform proposals....

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Mandate Revolt: Health Insurers Offering Coverage for Those Who Refuse Obamacare

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Better Society |

By Merrill Matthews Some health insurers are offering health plans that do not meet Obamacare standards, apparently because they believe there is an opportunity to provide at least some coverage to millions of Americans who refuse to buy an Obamacare plan. Some pundits and the media have stated or implied that it is illegal for health insurers to sell coverage that does not meet the Affordable Care Act’s “essential benefits” (i.e., things...

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