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Good Luck Finding a Doctor Under ObamaCare

By Grace-Marie Turner  “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period.” President Barack Obama, Speech to the American Medical Association Chicago, June 15, 2009 Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute In truth, prospects are bleak that you will be able to keep your doctor and even bleaker that there will be enough doctors to meet demand under Obamacare. The health overhaul law expands health insurance to millions more people without significantly increasing the number of physicians or other providers. And Obamacare has exacerbated the physician shortage because many are considering leaving the practice of medicine altogether rather than practice… View Article
By Mike Klein Mike Klein, Editor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health care policy is a complex beast with seemingly intractable political positions, lots of data to support or refute almost anyone’s perspective, tons of financial impact analysis – just last week the Congressional Budget Office released yet another health reform cost impact study — and at the end of the day, lots of ragged emotions that cloud and obscure the conversation. Here is an idea that should not be overlooked: People will get sick and have accidents regardless of who is making policy and whatever that policy-of-the-moment happens to include or exclude.  And when that happens, they need someone nearby who is able to help them. In Georgia, we need… View Article

Biofuels, Ethanol Give Food for Thought

By Harold Brown Harold Brown, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation A lawsuit filed this week against the federal Environmental Protection Agency accuses the agency of penalizing refiners for failing to meet “unattainable and absurd” cellulosic biofuels quotas outlined in EPA’s renewable fuels standard. The EPA mandates the purchase of biofuels formulated in part from biological materials including switchgrass, wood chips and agricultural waste. But the oil and gas industry trade association, the American Petroleum Institute, argues that the quotas set an unrealistic goal because no such cellulosic biofuels are produced on a commercial scale in the nation. Refiners unable to meet the cellulosic biofuels mandate represent just the tip of the iceberg. Biofuels, mainly ethanol, are booming in the… View Article

Friday Facts: July 27, 2012

  It’s Friday!  Quotes of note – “All of the progress that the U.S. has made over the last couple of centuries has come from unemployment. It has come from figuring out how to produce more goods with fewer workers, thereby releasing labor to be more productive in other areas. It has never come about through permanent unemployment, but temporary unemployment, in the process of shifting people from one area to another.” – Milton Friedman – “There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.” – Henry David Thoreau – “All… View Article
By Grace-Marie Turner Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute So just how much is that new ObamaCare tax going to cost you? For some people, a lot more than you have been hearing. The individual mandate section of the health overhaul law outlines the structure of the “taxes” that must be paid by those who don’t buy government-approved health insurance – starting at $95 a year the first year for individuals. Many people are thinking it will be much cheaper to simply pay the tax than to buy policies that will cost thousands of dollars more. Most news reports have emphasized that refusal to comply with the health insurance mandate subjects these “scofflaws” to a “modest fee.” But some citizens could… View Article

Checking Up on Health

By Benita Dodd Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs: July 24, 2012 – What’s in YOUR wallet? Health care expert Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, is a frequent contributor to Forbes magazine and is scheduled to participate in the Foundation’s Georgia Legislative Policy Briefing on Friday, September 21, in Atlanta. Turner’s column in Forbes this week warns that the “tax” that you’ll pay for not buying government-approved health insurance is a lot more than you think. The individual mandate section of the federal health law (ObamaCare) outlines the structure of the “taxes” that must be paid by those who don’t get coverage, starting at $95 a year the first year for individuals. Many… View Article
By Dennis G. Smith Dennis G. Smith, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Health Services The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) guarantees the debate over health care will continue. Supporters of the PPACA want to convince the public that everything is settled and any opposition is just politics. But opponents are not out to score political points. We believe now, as we did two years ago, that the economic assumptions used in the debate are flawed and the policies are wrong for the nation. Since the court’s decision, the law’s supporters insist that Obama policies are successful because the cost of health care is declining. But that is not the case. Americans know… View Article

Friday Facts

It’s Friday!  Quotes of note – “An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.” – T.S. Eliot – “But one of the worst results of being a slave and being forced to do things is that when there is no one to force you any more you find you have almost lost the power of forcing yourself.” –C.S. Lewis Free enterprise – “I’ll always remember this as the night that Michael Jordan and I combined for 70 points.” – Stacey King of the Chicago Bulls after their game against the Cavaliers in which Michael Jordan scored a career-high 69 points and King scored one point.… View Article
By Eric Wearne Eric Wearne, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Events move quickly in the world of online learning.  As an example of how fast: online learning platform Coursera was founded in 2012.  Georgia Tech announced a partnership with Coursera this week. But Georgia Tech is not alone in this; Coursera is working with “elite” partners in the U.S. and other countries, to host MOOCs within each partner’s most highly regarded areas of expertise. According to Inside Higher Education, Coursera is creating a new market niche: “While Udacity has elected to team up with individual professors and edX has not announced any partners beyond M.I.T. and Harvard University, Coursera has attracted partners based on selling itself as a… View Article
By Grace Marie-Turner Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute The latest New York Times / CBS News poll dives into public opinion on ObamaCare following the Supreme Court decision and finds opposition to the law virtually unchanged from when it was enacted in 2010, with about half disapproving and one-third supporting the law. And those who strongly disapprove (36 percent) continue to significantly outnumber those who strongly approve (14 percent) of the law. Support for repeal also remains strong: 61 percent of those polled say they want Congress to repeal the individual mandate (27 percent) or the entire law (34 percent). Only 15 percent want to keep the law as it is. The poll was taken July 11 through 16. Other… View Article

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