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By Grace Marie-Turner Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute The latest New York Times / CBS News poll dives into public opinion on ObamaCare following the Supreme Court decision and finds opposition to the law virtually unchanged from when it was enacted in 2010, with about half disapproving and one-third supporting the law. And those who strongly disapprove (36 percent) continue to significantly outnumber those who strongly approve (14 percent) of the law. Support for repeal also remains strong: 61 percent of those polled say they want Congress to repeal the individual mandate (27 percent) or the entire law (34 percent). Only 15 percent want to keep the law as it is. The poll was taken July 11 through 16. Other… View Article

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By Benita Dodd Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs: July 17, 2012 – What’s in a name? Another regulatory slugfest: The Generic Pharmaceutical Association is urging the Federal Drug Administration to apply the same nomenclature standards to biosimilar drugs as is used for generic drugs. In an earlier letter, BIO and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America said a biosimilar should not share the name of a biologic product because they are not identical. According to the Kidney Cancer Association, “Biosimilars are sometimes mistakenly called ‘generic’ versions of the original biologic drugs. However, unlike generics, which are virtually identical copies of traditional drugs, biosimilars are not the same as the original biologic medicine.” … View Article
By Ron Bachman Ron Bachman, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Only political junkies really care about the difference between taxes and penalties in the recently validated Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also known as ObamaCare. All the average American cares about is, “What is it going to cost me?” Republicans can complain that President Obama lied that the health reform costs were not taxes and Democrats can continue the canard that the now constitutionally defined taxes are still penalties. The reality is that are no new costs; they have been there all along. Most Americans just never knew that politicians were playing a game of “Fooled Ya.” As Nancy Pelosi famously said, “We have to pass the bill… View Article
By John Goodman John Goodman, President, National Center for Policy Analysis Opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) have a nifty catch phrase: repeal and replace. Unfortunately, they are much clearer on “repealing” than they are on “replacing.” Until now. The Congressional Health Care Caucus has posted on their website a Health Contract with America, fashioned by yours truly.  I conducted a Capitol Hill briefing on the subject and you can find more details at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) website. Let’s hope every candidate for office this fall endorses the Contract. Here are the main ideas: Tax Fairness. The federal government should give everyone the same tax relief for the purchase of private health insurance,… View Article
By Ron Bachman Ron Bachman, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it is the undisputed law of the land. The alliance of the conservative Chief Justice John Roberts and the four liberal justices was a surprise to many, as was the logic used. The decision required a curious “jiu jitsu” interpretation of taxes and penalties. Writing for the majority, Roberts declared the law’s penalties are not taxes when dismissing the application of the Anti-Injunction Act, and then defined the penalties as taxes when declaring the individual mandate constitutional, even though the law specifically and purposefully avoided the tax label for the penalties. Roberts ruled… View Article
By Kelly McCutchen Kelly McCutchen, President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Obama’s health care overhaul was passed with the promise to end the ability of insurance companies to exclude individuals with “pre-existing conditions” and to reduce the number of Americans without insurance. That the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn the law this month is no reason to panic, however: Both problems can be addressed without the need for another 2,700-page law. Many of the uninsured are unable to pay for the full cost of the care they receive, leaving the rest to be covered by taxpayers or cost shifted to others. This is a particular challenge in rural and inner-city areas. The uninsured do pay a portion of their bills,… View Article

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By Benita M. Dodd June 5, 2012 Benita M. Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation – Doomed to failure: Health insurance exchanges required in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) won’t work, won’t increase access to affordable health care, and won’t improve health outcomes or increase value, according to a new Galen Institute study. The paper by Rita E. Numerof, Ph.D., entitled, “What’s Wrong with Health Insurance Exchanges,” explains the problems states will face if they go down the path of creating PPACA health insurance exchanges. The exchange requirements will result in the creation of administrative behemoths that will limit individual choice and drive up costs, just the opposite of their intent. Numerof describes in detail why… View Article
By Mike Klein Medicaid is a beast.  About one-in-five Georgians receives Medicaid health care.  That is 1.7 million people.  Fifty-nine percent of statewide births are Medicaid babies.  Another couple hundred thousand children are enrolled in PeachCare, the state children’s health insurance program.   Medicaid could grow by hundreds of thousands more if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the federal health care reform law in its decision expected next month. Not at all surprisingly, Medicaid redesign questions were abundant when three of Governor Nathan Deal’s advisors met with Georgia Children’s Advocacy Network members at the Freight Depot in Atlanta.  The advisors made no presentations and took questions for almost 90 minutes. Health policy advisor Katie Rogers named telehealth reimbursement policies, portable electronic… View Article

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Health Policy Briefs: May 1, 2012 Compiled by Benita Dodd Health care reform in remission: If it seems to you that health care policy is in limbo, you’re right. Most legislatures and policy-makers are adopting a wait-and-see attitude. Everyone is waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Nowhere is that more evident than in Georgia, which has seen no action and little interest after a law passed last year that would allow health insurers in Georgia to sell insurance policies from other states. The flexibility was expected to make health care coverage more affordable for Georgians. Writing for Georgia Health News, Andy Miller notes:… View Article

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Health Policy Briefs: April 24, 2012 Compiled by Benita Dodd Dulling the pain of Medicare cuts: The Government Accountability Office published a report Monday titled, “Quality Bonus Payment Demonstration Undermined by High Estimated Costs and Design Shortcomings.” It appears the administration has been doling out cash from an $8.3 billion fund to temporarily cushion the blow from Medicare Advantage cuts, according to a Washington Examiner editorial, which calls the demonstration program, “a blatant attempt to stave off seniors’ disapproval with Obamacare’s effects in an election year.” While most seniors still use the program’s fee-for-service system, with the government billed directly by doctors and hospitals for all health received, more than 12 million, or a quarter of all Medicare recipients,… View Article

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