Tag: ObamaCare

TV’s New Reality Show: Trying to Love Obamacare?

(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.  Click here for more information.)  By Grace-Marie Turner Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute After running away from Obamacare since 2010, Democrats last night embraced the law and tried to wrap it in new packaging in hopes it will sell better. The first night of the Democratic National Convention was filled with references to the “Affordable Care Act” and its many wonders: Where being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition. Where birth control is free. Where employers no longer have a say in… View Article

Checking Up On Health: September 4, 2012

Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Benita M. Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation On common ground: The Galen Institute held a forum at last week’s Republican National Convention; the panel that included Georgia’s two physician Congressmen, Tom Price and Phil Gingrey. Medpage Today reports that there was agreement that there could be bipartisan consensus on a health care approach. People from both parties can agree on some health care principles, said U.S. Rep Tom Price of Georgia, an orthopedic surgeon. “We agree that health care needs to be affordable for everybody, accessible for everybody, it needs to be of the highest quality and there absolutely must be choices for patients. That’s the common ground.”… View Article
By Grace-Marie Turner President Obama said during his weekly radio address Saturday that he wanted to share “some actual facts” about “a lot of accusations and misinformation flying around” about Medicare.   Let’s look at the “facts” that he highlights in his address: “We’ve extended the life of Medicare by almost a decade.” Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute He “extends the life of Medicare” by paying Medicare providers less and less every year to the point that 15 percent, and eventually 40 percent, of Medicare providers will either go bankrupt or stop seeing Medicare patients altogether, according to Medicare actuaries. “And I’ve proposed reforms that will save Medicare money by getting rid of wasteful spending in the health care system and… View Article
By Grace-Marie Turner One of the most tragic failings of ObamaCare is that it will make it harder for many of the most vulnerable citizens – patients with no option but Medicaid – to get care. Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute Medicaid is cumbersome, complex, and wasteful – already the worst health care program in the country. But rather than making changes to improve or modernize this program designed to finance care for the poor, the Obama administration is trying to convince states to add at least 16 million more people to Medicaid, including families making more than $30,000 a year. That means the poorest and most vulnerable patients enrolled today will be competing with millions of new Medicaid patients… View Article

Checking Up On Health

Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Benita M. DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation “Can markets work in health care?” is the headline of a Forbes magazine article reminding us of a 1974 study that demonstrated how ownership promotes accountability and personal responsibility. RAND researchers randomly assigned more than 7,000 individuals into various types of health insurance policies: ones with completely free care (no cost sharing), ones with a modest deductible (e.g., $200) and 25 percent cost-sharing, and ones with the equivalent of high-deductible policies. All the cost-sharing policies had a maximum upper limit on out-of-pocket spending, meaning once a family spent 10 percent of income on health care, the policy paid 100 percent of the year’s remaining… View Article

ObamaCare Violates the DNA of Our Culture

By Grace-Marie Turner ObamaCare violates American values down to our country’s very DNA. Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute A majority of Americans continue to oppose the health law because we understand that it is at odds with the fundamental principles and democratic processes of our country.  We were aghast at the way the law was enacted two years ago — ignoring citizens who were marching in the streets and burning up the phone lines on Capitol Hill pleading with legislators to vote “no.” We oppose its government-centric takeover of our health sector with its mandates on individuals to purchase government-approved health insurance, mandates on businesses to pay for insurance or pay huge fines, and the massive new government bureaucracy to… View Article

Good Luck Finding a Doctor Under ObamaCare

By Grace-Marie Turner  “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period.” President Barack Obama, Speech to the American Medical Association Chicago, June 15, 2009 Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute In truth, prospects are bleak that you will be able to keep your doctor and even bleaker that there will be enough doctors to meet demand under Obamacare. The health overhaul law expands health insurance to millions more people without significantly increasing the number of physicians or other providers. And Obamacare has exacerbated the physician shortage because many are considering leaving the practice of medicine altogether rather than practice… View Article

Checking Up On Health Care

Benita M. DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs July 31, 2012 Compiled by Benita M. DoddWhere have all the doctors gone? What if you added to the ranks of insured individuals but didn’t have the medical staff to care for them? Americans may be about to find out. Roughly one-third of the country’s physician workforce plans to retire or leave their practice in the next 10 years, according to Georgia-based Jackson Healthcare’s Physician Practice Trends Survey 2012. The top two factors for leaving were economic factors and federal health care reform. The general physicians most likely to leave medicine within 10 years include general surgeons, family practitioners, emergency medicine physicians and obstetricians/gynecologists. Specialists most… View Article
By Grace-Marie Turner Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute So just how much is that new ObamaCare tax going to cost you? For some people, a lot more than you have been hearing. The individual mandate section of the health overhaul law outlines the structure of the “taxes” that must be paid by those who don’t buy government-approved health insurance – starting at $95 a year the first year for individuals. Many people are thinking it will be much cheaper to simply pay the tax than to buy policies that will cost thousands of dollars more. Most news reports have emphasized that refusal to comply with the health insurance mandate subjects these “scofflaws” to a “modest fee.” But some citizens could… View Article
By Dennis G. Smith Dennis G. Smith, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Health Services The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) guarantees the debate over health care will continue. Supporters of the PPACA want to convince the public that everything is settled and any opposition is just politics. But opponents are not out to score political points. We believe now, as we did two years ago, that the economic assumptions used in the debate are flawed and the policies are wrong for the nation. Since the court’s decision, the law’s supporters insist that Obama policies are successful because the cost of health care is declining. But that is not the case. Americans know… View Article

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