Category: Health Care

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

Free the Nurses

In March, Nebraska became the 20th state to allow nurses with the most advanced degrees to practice without a doctor’s oversight in a variety of medical fields. Writing in Forbes, John Goodman argues that more states should move in this direction. “These regulations have the greatest impact on the poor, especially the rural poor. The farther a nurse is located from a doctor’s office, the less likely the physician will be willing to make the drive to supervise the nurse. This means that people living in poverty-stricken Texas counties must drive long distances, miss work and take their kids out of school in order to get simple prescriptions and uncomplicated diagnoses. This problem might be alleviated if nurse practitioners were… View Article

Health Reform 2.0

By Ronald E. Bachman Whatever you think about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more changes are on the way. What will the next wave of health reform look like and when will it happen? With the pending Supreme Court decision on the ACA subsidies, Health Reform 2.0 may happen sooner rather than later. Whether the changes are modifications, replacements, repeal or expansion, certain basic principles should be at the core of Health Reform 2.0. Objectives: 1. Personalized Healthcare – Government mandated one-size-fits-all plan designs should be eliminated in favor of more options that are affordable and meet individual and family needs. Individuals should be rewarded for healthy choices and engagement in healthy lifestyles and treatment compliance. 2. Consumer-Centered –… View Article

Health Care Proposal Improves With Age

By John R. Graham You’ve got to give credit to Congressman Tom Price, MD: He introduced his first post-ObamaCare bill as early as 2009 and has reintroduced an updated version in every Congress since then. The latest Empowering Patients First Act (H.R. 2300), introduced this month, is the fourth iteration. Many critics complain Republicans in Congress have taken too long to develop an alternative to Obamacare. However, President Obama is running the show until January 2017. It is responsible for Congressional Republicans to take all the time and space they need to develop their alternative for the next president’s consideration. A fully baked repeal and replacement bill today would serve no purpose, while doing nothing until a president committed to… View Article

Checking Up On Health: June 2, 2015

Health Care Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court will announce its decision on King v. Burwell, in which the IRS decision to provide subsidies to enrollees in federally operated health care exchanges is being challenged. Georgia is among the 34 states that have a federally operated exchange under the Affordable Care Act. King v. Burwell is one of four lawsuits arguing that the text of the Affordable Care Act only allows for subsidies on state-run exchanges, and that the IRS regulation offering subsidies through both state and federal exchanges exceeds the authority granted by Congress. If the court rules the subsidies are illegal, the 34 states currently operating under a… View Article

Checking Up On Health: April 28, 2015

  Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd May is Asthma Awareness Month. That means the ozone non-attainment areas will be subjected once to color-coded days warning you of the danger of pollution. The non-profit organizations will start issuing air-quality rankings around the nation. The warnings about outdoor air quality will include encouragement to stay inside. But you might want to consider the unhealthy policy decisions. First, indoor air quality, with pet dander, buildings shut tight for temperature control, and dust piling into carpets and upholstery, can be much worse than what’s outside.  Further, a new study authored by a research team led by Dr. Corrine Keet of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center has found no link… View Article

Checking Up On Health: April 14, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd It’s not just the Internal Revenue Service’s extension of subsidies to enrollees of federal exchanges that go against the language in the Affordable Care Act. While that is awaiting a Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell, according to Jonathan Adler, the Tax man’s poetic license with tax credit eligibility appears to be the rule rather than the exception. Writing in the Volokh Conspiracy in the Washington Post, Adler cites research out of Yale that found, “Combined with other instances of the IRS and HHS disregarding the PPACA’s plain text, it appears the federal government has little regard for what the PPACA actually says.” Specifically, “IRS regulations disregard the… View Article

Checking Up On Health: March 31, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Buyer beware: A news article came across my desk this week alerting readers to a change by the nation’s largest health insurance company, Minnesota-based UnitedHealthcare. In what could become expensive for patients, the insurer is changing the way it handles balance billing, which is the difference between the provider’s charge and what the insurer allows. The cost-cutting measure means UnitedHealthcare will not pay the bills of some emergency room physicians and other specialists, even though they work for hospitals in the UnitedHealthcare network. I learned the importance of checking the network status of all physicians involved a couple of years ago when I underwent a routine, scheduled procedure. I… View Article

The best way to make a lasting impact on public policy is to change public opinion. When you change the beliefs of the people; the politicians and political parties change with them.

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