Tag: Health Insurance

Time for Truth In Medicare Accounting

By Kelly McCutchen and Patrick Gleason The mid-term elections are in the rearview mirror, but Congress still has a lot of important work to take care of before lawmakers go home at year’s end and the newly elected are sworn in next January. At the top of the “Lame duck” to-do list: Congress must address urgent problems with Medicare – the most costly federal program and largest driver of national debt – or there will be harsh ramifications for seniors and caregivers in Georgia. The first step is to address accounting gimmicks that hide the true cost of Medicare and how much it will grow the debt in coming years and decades. The program currently operates under a phony spending… View Article

Checking Up On Health: November 4, 2014

Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD It’s Election Day in Georgia, so I’ll try to keep today’s post brief and election-related … or at least not stray too far! ObamaCare In an Election-Day update e-mailed by Americans for Prosperity Georgia, Michael Harden, AFP’s Georgia State Director, wrote, “Under Harry Reid’s control, the current class of senators have done real harm to our economy and threatened American prosperity with their Big Government policies. They raised taxes on every single American, voted time and time again for more spending and debt, and voted for ObamaCare, a law that is wreaking havoc on the budgets and healthcare options of millions of families.” Where’s Waldo? In a column in… View Article

Checking Up On Health: October 28, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd If you missed the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on September 19, you missed a great discussion on health care and alternatives to Medicaid expansion for Georgia’s uninsured. Watch streaming video of the event online at www.georgiapolicy.org/?p=14456. I know you’re worried the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is botching its handling of Ebola, but never fear! The CDC has Halloween covered for you! In fact, the agency even paid someone to write advice for each letter in SAFE HALLOWEEN. As in, “Hold a flashlight” for “H'” and, “Look both ways,” for “L.” The CDC has Halloween tips for you at www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/. Have you ever heard the term “veterinary View Article

Checking Up On Health: October 7, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD I’m back after a month’s hiatus! If you missed the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on September 19, you missed a great discussion on health care and alternatives to Medicaid expansion for Georgia’s uninsured. The video will be online soon, and I’ll share it here. Global community spreads disease: The enemy is Ebola, not people, Dr. Thomas Frieden, the head of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reminded Americans several times in his update broadcast Tuesday afternoon about the deadly virus that has killed and sickened thousands in Africa. Now it’s made its appearance in both Europe and the United States. Unfortunately, the enemy resides in the… View Article

Friday Facts: October 3, 2014

 It’s Friday! Where should Georgia go next on issues? If you missed the 2014 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, find video of sessions and speakers here on our YouTube channel. See new event photos on our newest Facebook page dedicated to the Forum: facebook.com/GAlegforum.Read the issues handout we gave attendees here; read the tax PowerPoint presentation by economist Liz Malm of the Tax Foundation here. Quotes of Note “Forcing antiquated transportation regulations onto modern technologies simply doesn’t make sense.” – Taylor Bennett, Uber spokesman “Conservative leaders owe it to their followers and the vulnerable to articulate a positive social justice agenda for the right. It must be tangible, practical and effective. And it must start with… View Article

Friday Facts: September 5, 2014

Friday Facts September 5, 2014 It’s Friday! The Foundation’s Benita Dodd visited the memorial at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., for the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Thursday, September 11, is the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks that forever changed this nation. Aaron Maclean wrote recently for the Washington Free Beacon about his visit to the 9/11 Museum and the artifact that encapsulated it for him: “Jules, this is Brian. Listen, I’m on an airplane that’s been hijacked. If things don’t go well, and it’s not looking good, I just want you to know I absolutely love you, I want you to do good, go have good times, same to my parents and everybody, and I… View Article

Friday Facts: August 29, 2014

It’s Friday! We need your support for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. It’s easy! Go to http://bit.ly/1lfwap4 to contribute and help us stand up for taxpayers, voters and small businesses of Georgia. Events Sept. 15: Health Connect South brings together Georgia’s top-tier health leaders and innovators to figure out how to work together to solve problems and make Georgia a leader in health care. Information and registration are at healthconnectsouth.com. Sept. 19: Reserve your seat at the 2014 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum to hear keynote speakers Herman Cain and Clint Bolick and experts on tax, education and health care reform in Georgia. The theme is “Tearing Down Walls,” in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the… View Article

Checking Up On Health: August 26, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita Dodd BENITA DODD Allergies are nothing to sniff at – especially if you’re starting to have trouble breathing! Five hours after I was stung by a wasp, my face was still swelling! I usually try to show my best side in photographs. But, as my sacrifice to good health, to the right is one of my very swollen face a few hours after I was stung under the eye by a wasp Saturday while gardening. I quickly swallowed a couple of antihistamines and sat down to wait. About 45 minutes later, I was at the Walgreen’s MinuteClinic, my face swelling visibly despite a cold compress over my eye. By the time… View Article
By Dr. Brian E. Hill and Wayne Oliver During the next few weeks, many of Americans will receive some very bad news at work or in the mail: Health insurance premiums are expected to skyrocket for 2015 because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The PwC Health Research Institute projects double-digit rate increases for health insurance plans in Florida, North Carolina and Iowa, for example. With health insurance becoming so unaffordable, many will be wondering why the ACA didn’t take steps to reduce health care costs. One linchpin Washington politicians skipped in addressing the health care crisis was addressing medical malpractice reform. ObamaCare did nothing to protect physicians and hospitals from frivolous lawsuits or to deter the costly practice of… View Article

Checking Up On Health: August 19, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled By Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Several friends have raved about the healing/soothing/therapeutic/calming/antidepressant benefits of essential oils, but I’m still not buying them. (Although, if you want to give me some, I’ll gladly try them!) I would love to hear from readers about their experiences, but truth be told, I’m as skeptical about the multilevel marketers’ claims regarding these costly essential oils as I am about the overrated cures that some chiropractors promise. There, I put it out there. And then there’s Whole Foods Market. I was reading about the Affordable Care Act on Forbes.com when up popped a story titled, “The Three Dumbest Things About Whole Foods Market.” If there’s one… View Article

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