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Checking Up On Health

Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled By Benita M. Dodd ObamaCare burden: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has cost states and private companies $27.6 billion to date in new regulations, according to an analysis by the American Action Forum. The AAF stresses that this is the cost FLOOR, not the cost CEILING!  At least $20.4 billion is in lifetime costs on private entities and $7.2 billion in increased burdens on state budgets. AAF said its analysis only considered the published regulatory costs, not any fiscal impacts of the law or any of the ACA’s tax provisions.  Five states will endure at least $1 billion in ACA regulatory costs, according to the analysis View Article

Friday Facts: October 12, 2012

It’s Friday!  Events  Last chance! Today is the deadline to register for “A Portrait of The Iron Lady,” the Foundation’s noon Policy Briefing Luncheon and Book Forum on Tuesday, October 16. The event is keynoted by author John Blundell, policy and advisor and longtime friend of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. She turns 87 on October 13. Join the Foundation and mark her birthday. Blundell, a free-market leader, is author of, “Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of The Iron Lady.” Lady Thatcher said of him, “John Blundell has been one of the most effective champions of the free enterprise economic model which has delivered progress and prosperity around the world. Therefore he is very well placed… View Article

Health Care Reform Must Be Patient-Focused

By Don W. Printz This month marked the 69th annual meeting of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a freedom-minded organization founded in 1943 to preserve the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship. In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmation earlier this year of the 2010 federal health law known as ObamaCare, the gathering of health-care professionals reinforced their determination to ensure that there should be one, and only one, focus in medicine: the patient. The physician should always put the wellbeing of the patient before any other consideration. The doctor-patient relationship is a sacred trust: The patient should be able to tell a physician anything in complete confidence, and the physician must be able to tell the patient… View Article

Checking Up On Health

  Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Bed tax,’ again: Andy Miller of Georgia Health News offers a preview of the battle that the Georgia Legislature can expect during discussion of the hospital tax, which goes toward funding the Medicaid entitlement program in the state. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Grady Health System in Atlanta, Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and HomeTown Health, an association of rural hospitals, already have delivered a letter to leading Georgia officials saying that not renewing the tax, which expires in July 2013, could double Medicaid’s already sizable financial shortfall (at $700 million for 2013-2014). And Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax reform declared,… View Article

Checking Up On Health: October 2, 2012

  Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd “Presenteeism”? Sick workers cost the nation $576 billion in lost productivity every year, Joanne Sammer reports in Businessfinancemag.com, citing the non-profit Integrated Benefits Institute. There’s $117 billion for wage replacement, including incidental absence due to illness, workers’ compensation, short-term disability and long-term disability. There’s another $232 billion for medical and pharmacy costs, including workers’ compensation, employee group health medical treatments, employee group health pharmacy treatments. And there’s $227 billion in lost productivity from absence due to illness and presenteeism (being at work but not performing at the usual level because of illness or poor health). Wellness programs paying off for employers: View Article

Checking Up On Health

  Benita M. DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs: September 25, 2012 Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Season opens for health plans: It’s the fall health insurance open enrollment season, and among the things you can expect to see are that premiums will rise 5.3 percent in 2013, a slightly smaller increase than 2012. Also costing more will be dependent coverage. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare, allows adult children to stay on their parents’ plans until they reach age 26. Tracy Watts of human resources consultant Mercer told Kaiser Health News, “Companies are not really wanting to be a dependent magnet. They want to be competitive, but not so generous that everybody comes… View Article

Checking Up On Health

  Benita M. Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs: September 18 Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Why the cost? Becker’s Hospital CEO Report quizzed nine health care professionals, including physicians and former hospital executives, on how U.S. health care costs have gotten out of control in the past 10-plus years and what more needs to be done. Among the reasons they cite in the lengthy article: obesity, the expense and use of advanced U.S. technology and the costs of drugs and medical devices.  “Supply-driven demand” is cited as another reason; for example, when a facility has six MRI machines but needs just one, it may be motivated to create a “need” to use the excess capacity.… View Article

The Untold Story: What Really Happened with Romneycare

(Editor’s Note: Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court health care law decision impact at the 2012 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Friday, September 21 at the W Hotel in midtown Atlanta.)  By Grace-Marie Turner Illinois senator Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, said on MSNBC’sMorning Joe today that Mitt Romney is the “the baby daddy of Obamacare.” Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute In a piece I wrote for The American Spectator this spring, “Romney’s best defense: The truth about Romneycare,” I explained that the final version of the Massachusetts law diverged significantly from Romney’s vision for reform. He vetoed eight provisions, all of which were overridden by the overwhelmingly Democratic legislature. And Romney’s… View Article

Checking Up On Health

Benita M. Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Medically induced silence: In an article in Forbes magazine discussing President Obama’s silence on his landmark legislation during the Democratic National Convention, Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute notes that there were some heartwrenching personal stories told on how the law will help families. “But turning one-sixth of our economy over to the federal government on the basis of these personal stories, however wrenching, is very dangerous indeed. We can much better help families like the Lihns and their daughter (highlighted at the convention) if we have a vibrant health sector that stays on the cutting edge of innovation and has the… View Article

On Health Care, Clinton Skirts The Facts

(Editor’s Note: Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court health care law decision impact at the 2012 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Friday, September 21 at the W Hotel in midtown Atlanta.)  By Grace-Marie Turner Former president Bill Clinton did a deep dive into policy last night during his keynote address to the Democratic National Convention, but he plays fast and loose with crucial facts on health care. Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute A few highlights: First, both Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan attacked the president for allegedly “robbing Medicare” of $716 billion… But it’s not true…There were no cuts to benefits at all, none. The key dodge is “no cuts to benefits.” It’s true there… View Article

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