Tag: Federal Health Care Reform

By Kelly McCutchen Georgia, like many states, faces a host of health care challenges: access to care, too many people without health insurance, failing rural hospitals and unsustainable health care spending that is crowding out other priorities – for government and for families. The debate over how to address these challenges has Georgia seemingly stuck between two options: Expand a government program (Medicaid) with its own long list of challenges . . . or do nothing. It is a false choice; Georgia has an opportunity to put forth a better solution. It won’t be easy. You start with the high hurdle of political acceptance by conservatives in Georgia and liberals in Washington. But it’s worth the effort. What if Georgia… View Article

Checking Up On Health: February 3, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD What if Georgia could reach bipartisan agreement on a plan to present to Washington that could help achieve coverage for Georgia’s uninsured? Kelly McCutchen, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, wrote a commentary this week for Georgia Health News: “A Smarter Way to Make Health Care More Available in Georgia.” You can read it here: You start with the high hurdle of political acceptance by conservatives in Georgia and liberals in Washington. But it’s worth the effort. What if Georgia became the leader in creating innovative ways to provide better health for more people at lower cost? A pox on laggards: For at least four… View Article

Expand Health Care, Not Government

By Nina Owcharenko It’s official: Indiana has given in and adopted ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion. Before jumping into the weeds of Indiana’s Medicaid expansion agreement with the Obama administration, it is important to realize the agreement still fails some basic principles of reform. First, it adds more people on to the Medicaid rolls, not fewer. The Indiana plan puts 350,000 more Hoosiers on to the overstretched welfare program. Reform should be grounded in reducing Medicaid dependence, not increasing it. Second, it requires more government spending, not less. The Indiana plan will increase Medicaid spending by having the federal taxpayers pick up 90 percent of the costs. Again, reforms should aim to reduce government spending, not increase or merely shift it. Third,… View Article

Friday Facts: January 16, 2015

It’s Friday! Events January 21: The deadline is Monday to register for “School Choice: The Next Frontier,” an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The keynote speaker is Dr. Ben Scafidi, Foundation Senior Fellow and ­the new director of Kennesaw State University’s Education Economics Center. Hear more about Education Savings Accounts, the tuition tax credit program, the proposed Opportunity School District, efforts to replace the QBE funding formula and more. $30. Register by Monday, January 19, at http://bit.ly/1yeTHbm. Saturday: Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd keynotes a community forum, 10 a.m. at the Pat Haralson Memorial Civic Center in Blairsville, sponsored by the Union County GOP. Information: Patrick Malone at ptm4936@aol.com. February View Article

Checking Up On Health: January 13, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD A week ago, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation shared the results of a study by our Senior Fellow, Ron Bachman, highlighting Georgia as a leader in telehealth. You can access the study here http://www.georgiapolicy.org/ftp_files/telehealth.pdf. The news release I sent out for the Foundation resulted in a snarky response from one (perennially snarky) reporter: “Telehealth settles for offering the rural poor a very inferior level of care. Thanks a lot.” I wonder how the rural poor who currently have limited access to health care feel about having access to health care through apps on their phones, to specialists in the metro area through video or online consultations via… View Article

Friday Facts: January 9, 2015

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “The (state) Constitution clearly says that all taxes derived from the sale of motor fuel has to be put on transportation … so I think that, before we answer anything from anybody else, we have to go there first.” – Georgia Senator Steve Gooch, Senate Transportation Committee Chairman “People who pay for their own consumption don’t have the luxury of being able to pretend that tradeoffs don’t exist. Walk into a BMW dealership and announce, ‘I want a 7-series at Hyundai prices!’ and the dealer will laugh at you.” – Michael Cannon “[W]hat if we simply flipped transit-oriented development on its head? Call it development-oriented transit. In short, look to add… View Article

Make Foundation’s 2015 Wish List a To-Do List

By Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD The Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s, “Guide to the Issues 2014,” serves as a guideline and benchmark for Georgia’s part-time General Assembly as elected officials weigh proposals for 2015-2016. The Guide exists not just because the Foundation wants things done “our” way, although that would be reassuring, but because elected officials frequently enter office as single-issue candidates: They don’t like their taxes; they’re concerned about their health care plan, their child’s education or the other guy. Then they’re campaigning or are elected to office and a reporter calls to ask how they feel about, say, stormwater utilities, defined contribution retirement plans or charter schools. Fortunately, since 1991, when the Foundation was established, our… View Article

Checking Up On Health: January 6, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita Dodd BENITA DODD Happy New Year and welcome back to Checking Up On Health, where I’m back to sharing news and views on health care and policy! It’s old news now that bitterly cold weather is approaching Georgia this week. I have fond memories of being one of the thousands trapped in icy weather for 12 hours in January 2014. People spent nights and days stuck on the interstate, in stores and hotels and schools. I traveled slowly home to Cobb County from the State Capitol, well aware that if I stopped, I’d be stuck for days. I’m not going to tell you to wear a hat or dress in layers or… View Article

Checking Up On Health: December 9, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Remember when you were growing up and refused to finish your dinner? Your mother would say, “Eat your dinner. Think of the starving children in Ethiopia.” It was always a distance – never around the corner, like Appalachia. (In South Africa, my mother would say, “Think of the starving children in India.” Of course, my response was, “Well then, send the food to them.”) Now I’m coming full circle and beginning to sound like my mother: Vaccinate your child! Think of the sacrifices researchers made to bring lifesaving vaccines to you: polio, chickenpox, measles, pertussis … And think of the ailing people who can’t be vaccinated. You may… View Article

Friday Facts: December 5, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.” – Calvin Coolidge “Overregulation corrupts citizens and weakens the rule of law.” – Lawrence Lessig “The interest of the nation in the proper fulfillment of the law’s requirements cannot yield to opposition and demonstrations by some few persons. Mob rule cannot be allowed to override the decisions of our courts.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower Support Tuesday was “Giving Day,” and Benita Dodd wrote about the importance of supporting your state think tank. Donate here. Remember, too, that you can support the Foundation every time you shop at Amazon.… View Article

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