Tag: Health Insurance

Friday Facts: February 6, 2015

It’s Friday! Events February 18: Find out what matters in transportation funding for Georgia at, “Transportation Money Matters,” the Foundation’s February 18 Leadership Breakfast. A panel discussion by Kelly McCutchen and Baruch Feigenbaum of the Reason Foundation will tackle Georgia transportation and funding solutions. $30. Find out more here; register online here. March 18: “Federalism, The Rule of Law and Regulatory Excess,” is the topic of the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast with Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. $30. Register online by Monday, March 16, here. Quotes of Note “The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled… View Article
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

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

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

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

Checking Up On Health: December 2, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Oops, they did it again. And even I missed it this time. The Obama administration has become notorious for making major announcements while Americans are distracted. On Friday afternoons before a holiday weekend has become standard. On Thanksgiving eve, The New York Post reports, the administration dumped reams of mind-numbing ObamaCare regulations into the Federal Register, including yet more unilateral rewrites of the Affordable Care Act. “The stunt has even worked to keep most of the media from reporting on the rules. Yet the changes these regulations make in the health-care law are substantial,” the Post reports. The basics, according to the Post:  Obama will require large… View Article

Friday Facts: November 21, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.” – James Wilson “… I say, that Power must never be trusted without a check.” John Adams “Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” – Abraham Lincoln Support We’re closing in on the end of the year! Have you made your annual contribution to the Foundation to… View Article

Checking Up On Health: November 18, 2014

Health Care News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD I had this visual of net “neutrality” today. It’s such a nice word, isn’t it? It smacks of “fairness” and digital “justice;” of no favorites on the Internet. All things being equal and Internet capacity being infinite, that’s a great idea. But the capacity is limited and providers sometimes need to make choices. It’s complicated, but think of it as the difference between routing an e-mail and flawlessly streaming your Netflix video. Would you be willing to pay a little more for your online streaming? Or be willing to see a tiny delay in the relay of your e-mail to keep your price low? The visual of net… View Article

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