Tag: Ron Bachman

Checking Up On Health: January 13, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. 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 charity care… View Article
Georgia Public Policy Foundation senior fellow Ron Bachman discussed Medicaid expansion and improved access to health care during a recent guest segment on GPB’s “On The Story.”  The video is available online.  Bachman supports improved access to healthcare for all Georgians but he opposes Medicaid expansion. “I am worried about access to real quality healthcare,” said Bachman. “In the private market 79 percent of physicians accept children but in the Medicaid market only 47 percent do.  One of the reasons we have our emergency rooms and hospitals packed with so many Medicaid patients is that primary physicians won’t see them so their only choice is to go to emergency rooms.” The panel moderated by Bill Nigut and Bobbie Battista… View Article

A Child Nods to Health Reform

  By Ronald E. Bachman (With thanks to E.A. Poe’s, “The Raven”)  Once upon a weekday dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, My youthful brain was being fair, to learn about ObamaCare, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my bedroom door, “Tis some visitor,” I thought, “Tapping at my bedroom door – Only this and nothing more.” Then a Spirit came over me, as I dreamed of liberty, Could I keep my Doctor Seuss, my baseball cap, my Mother Goose? And with my needs could I be sure, that my doctor would have a cure For complex ills and dangers waiting? Are we advancing or abating? Will I… View Article
By Ron Bachman 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 so that you can find out what is… View Article
By Ron Bachman 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 the health care law as unconstitutional regulation under… View Article

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