Category: Health Care

Checking Up On Health: September 1, 2015

Health Care News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd It may be a generational thing, but for those of us who walked to school in the snow (uphill both ways), the list of #Firstworldproblems gets really tedious. Today, attention is directed, among other issues, at global warming (aka climate change), carbon pollution (aka carbon emissions), gun violence (once called criminal behavior), plastic versus paper, “endangered” species and Cecil the Lion. Granted, it’s wonderful that our children don’t have to protest the things we did. Still, how nice it would be to see the same level of passionate outrage about young girls being kidnapped in Nigeria, entire villages being slaughtered by ISIS; the sale of baby parts by Planned Parenthood… View Article

Checking Up On Health: August 25, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd The amount of conflicting nutrition data out there is enough to give anyone heartburn. Last week I had my annual routine physical exam and was talking to the doctor about my exercise and diet routine. For those of you who haven’t figured it out yet: Everybody lies, and every physician knows you’re lying … about how much exercise you’re getting, how much wine you’re drinking and how healthy you’re eating. Three drinks a week? A social smoker? Exercising four days a week? Low-fat, low-salt diet? Laying off the sugar? Lies, lies, lies. Physicians each have a multiplication factor they build into every one of your responses, I’m guessing. Back to… View Article

Checking Up On Health: August 18, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd My opportunity to participate as a team volunteer in a Remote Area Medical mission was lost last week when the mission, scheduled August 13-17, had to be canceled at the last minute because – as I posted on my Facebook page – there was unrest in the region. That’s right. The program organizers were apparently unable to guarantee the safety of volunteers on the trip to East St. Louis, about 10 miles from Ferguson, Mo., where protesters were marking the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. It’s a tragedy that hundreds of low-income residents missed the opportunity for free, basic medical care brought right to their doorstep, all because a few… View Article

Checking Up On Health: August 4, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd On Sunday, colon cancer took the life of a very dear, longtime friend and former colleague at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The tributes to Frank Hyland, a fine author, sportswriter, editor and all-round classical journalist are both poignant and hilarious. It’s consoling when someone leaves you with the finest of memories. I have a feeling Frank’s busily reviewing obits and checking game stats at the Pearly Gates while we’re still here chuckling about his shenanigans. And if you haven’t read his book, “The Sportin’ Life of Lewis Grizzard,” you’re missing some great, irreverent newsroom tales! It got me thinking again about colon cancer and screenings. My mother-in-law, too, succumbed to cancer… View Article

Checking Up On Health: July 28, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd The new school year begins Monday for some Georgia school systems and over the next week or so for most. Thousands of children are headed to school for the first time. Are you prepared? I’m not talking about backpacks and boxes of Kleenex and crayons and lunch money. (Don’t even get me started about the new school lunch rules that force a one-size-fits-all lunch on children who grow at vastly differing rates with vastly different nutritional needs. …) What I mean is this: Is your child up to date on his or her shots? Have you decided you won’t subject your child to whatever risk is involved in vaccinating? Too… View Article

Checking Up On Health: July 21, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled By Benita M. Dodd The Internal Revenue Service’s tax subsidies for individuals in federally run exchanges are now allowable, thanks to U.S. Supreme Court justices who have now become adept at reading minds and can divine the intent of politicians and bureaucrats despite what laws declare in black and white. What happens next in ObamaCare? As long as President Obama is in the White House, little will change. He’s vowed to veto any effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The high court’s ruling is not the last word. It can’t be: Problems with the legislation abound. Responsibly run government program is a pipe dream. Government exists to perpetuate itself, and its ability to… View Article
By Nina Owcharenko This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the administration to allow ObamaCare subsidies to flow through HealthCare.gov. This is a disappointment for the rule of law and for the states that have fought to keep some of ObamaCare’s flawed policies out of their states. While the administration and ObamaCare supporters attempt to convince the American people that it is now smooth sailing for ObamaCare, nothing could be further from the truth. Despite the decision, the problems with ObamaCare are real and not getting better. The law’s flawed foundation continues to make ObamaCare unworkable, unaffordable and unpopular. As my colleague Ed Haislmaier skillfully points out, “The complexity and cascade of adverse effects are the… View Article
A version of this op-ed by Tom Payne, Atlanta resident and board member of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 18. Access the op-ed online here. Finding Another Way Than ObamaCare By Tom Payne Georgians have a lot at stake in the outcome of the ObamaCare case, King v. Burwell, which will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court this month. As a board member of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the organization leading the litigation, I believe a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs will benefit Georgia’s economy, allow Georgia policymakers to drive down insurance and health care costs, create jobs and help the neediest Georgians gain access to affordable health insurance. For those… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release June 25, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Supreme Court Ruling on ObamaCare: ‘Deeply Disappointing’  Atlanta — Kelly McCutchen, President and CEO of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, responded today to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell, which challenged the legality of tax subsidies given to individuals in federally operated exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act: “It is deeply disappointing to hear of the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell, and more importantly, to know the enormous threat it poses to our cherished principles of separation of powers and the rule of law,” McCutchen said.   “Ironically, this week marked the 10th anniversary of the… View Article

The Great EPA Ozone-Asthma Caper

By Harold Brown The first ozone alert of 2015 was issued Wednesday (June 17) amid 90-degree temperatures in metro Atlanta, a “Code Orange” warning children and “sensitive” individuals to “limit prolonged outdoor exertion.” A new proposal by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would once again lower the ozone level allowable under the Clean Air Act. Unfortunately, the EPA is ignoring the failure of an experiment it has conducted for 40 years: Whils it has ordered reductions in the amount of ozone allowable in the air in order to reduce asthma, asthma has increased. From 1979 to 1997, the maximum allowable level for ozone was set at 120 parts per billion (ppb), averaged over one hour. During this period, maximum… View Article

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has hit another homerun with its Guide to the Issues. This is must reading for anyone interested in public policy in Georgia, and it is an outstanding road map for conservative, common sense solutions to our challengers of today and tomorrow.

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