Tag: Galen Institute

Checking Up On Health: January 27, 2015

Health Policy News and Views By Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD As the U.S. Supreme Court mulls a ruling in Halbig v. Burwell – over the IRS subsidies and tax credits for ObamaCare enrollees in the federally run health care exchanges – the Georgia Public Policy Foundation has scheduled a Leadership Breakfast event on March 18, featuring Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. The topic for the event, which includes a look at ObamaCare, is “Federalism, The Rule of Law and Regulatory Excess.” Foundation events are open to the public and you can register here by March 16. I was doing my own mulling on the Halbig v. Burwell case last week. Challengers argue that the IRS rule subsidizing… 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

GPPF Friday Facts: August 1, 2014

It’s Friday!  Events September 19: Registration is open for the 2014 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum. The theme this year is, “Tearing Down Walls,” in recognition of this year’s 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Keynote speakers include radio talk show host and former presidential candidate Herman Cain and Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute. Experts will discuss tearing down the walls to tax, education and health care reform in Georgia. Find out more and register at www.georgiapolicy.org/?p=3264. September 22: Mark your calendar for the showing of “Rockin’ The Wall” – about the impact of music on the fall of the Berlin Wall – sponsored by the Foundation at the… View Article

Friday Facts: May 9, 2014

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  “[N]ow that I am drawing to the close of this work, in which I have spoken of so many important things done by the Americans, to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply: to the superiority of their women.” – Alexis de Tocqueville “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” – Milton Berle “When I think of my children and grandchildren, yes, they’ll have to fight. Liberty can’t be had on the cheap. But it’s not a hopeless fight. It’s not a hopeless fight by any means. I remain basically an optimist.” – Gary S. Becker, University of Chicago economist View Article
Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute By Grace-Marie Turner and Tyler Hartsfield President Obama promised middle-income families they would not see their taxes go up “one single dime” as a result of ObamaCare. But millions of such Americans are indeed paying to finance the gargantuan health overhaul law through hidden taxes and fees, many of which already are driving up the cost of their medical care and health insurance. In total, the 21 taxes in ObamaCare will extract $1 trillion over a decade, nearly double the $569 billion that Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation estimated at the time the law passed in 2010. The first wave hits many higher-income people who got a rude awakening about the health law’s new and… View Article

Friday Facts: April 4, 2014

It’s Friday! Events  April 24: Matt Candler, founder and CEO of 4.0 Schools, keynotes, “School Choice: Big Gains in The Big Easy,” the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. This event is open to the public and is $25 to attend. Find out more at http://www.georgiapolicy.org/?p=12626. Register at http://bit.ly/1lmETV5. May 7: Foundation Members get a discount rate of $159 to attend “Health Reform 2.0: The Great Debate,” the first face-to-face debate between two of the nation’s most influential health care experts: John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a key thought leader for free market solutions and Dr. Kenneth Thorpe, who has been a key resource to almost… View Article

Friday Facts: January 10, 2014

January 10, 2013  It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Twenty years of votes can tell you much more about a man than twenty weeks of campaign rhetoric. Campaign talk tells people who you want them to think you are. How you vote tells people who you really are deep inside.” – Zell Miller “Americans need to realize that when politicians offer to take care of your needs, that comes with a price you don’t want to pay. At best, you have to deal with their incompetence as we discover they are never as good at running things as their hubris tells them they will be. At worst, you turn yourself into their subject, hardly free to make a move without letting… View Article

Ten Obamacare Predictions for 2014

By Grace-Marie Turner Grace-Marie TurnerPresident, Galen Institute To kick off 2014, Kathleen Sebelius is reportedly papering the country with op-eds about the wonders of the “Affordable” Care Act. But her PR campaign aside, things will continue to deteriorate for Obamacare in 2014. Here are ten ways it’ll happen: 1. Many won’t pay: A sizable share of the 2 million people who selected a private insurance plan before the 2013 deadline will not pay their share of the premiums and therefore won’t be covered by the plans in which the White House says they “enrolled.” Enrolling, by the White House definition, is actually just selecting a plan — the same as putting an item in the shopping basket at Amazon.… View Article
By Grace-Marie Turner and Tyler Hartsfield GRACE-MARIE TURNERPresident, Galen Institute All eyes have been focused on the functionality of the HealthCare.gov website — or the lack thereof — since its launch October 1. But another rolling disaster is underway that is much more significant: Despite the president’s assurances to the contrary, virtually everyone — not just the 15 million Americans with individual policies — will feel the brunt of Obamacare’s sweeping changes. Once members of the public begin to see the costly changes to their health plans and the limits on their access to doctors, the issue will dominate the debate through 2014. Earlier this year, the president asserted that “for the 85 to 90 percent of Americans who already… View Article

Checking Up On Health: June 11, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd It’s just not growing on you: Most voters continue to view ObamaCare unfavorably, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports survey. Two out of three expect it to increase the federal budget deficit, six out of 10 expect it to increase health care costs and half expect it to hurt the quality of care. The survey finds that 39 percent of likely U.S. voters hold at least a somewhat favorable opinion of the health care law, while 53 percent view it unfavorably. This includes 16 percent with a very favorable opinion and 38 percent with a very unfavorable one. Not affordable: An editorial in Investor’s Business Daily points out… View Article

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