Why States Are Reluctant on National Health Care Reform

By Dennis G. Smith 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 … Continue Reading →

Poll: ObamaCare Still a Huge Issue for Voters this Fall

By Grace Marie-Turner 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 … Continue Reading →

Checking Up On Health

By Benita Dodd 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, … Continue Reading →

Health Law Taxes, Penalties and Games Politicians Play

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 … Continue Reading →

The Better Idea: A Health Contract with America

By John Goodman 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 … Continue Reading →

Medicaid Dominated when Deal Advisors Took Questions

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 … Continue Reading →

Checking Up on Health

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 … Continue Reading →

Checking Up on Health

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 … Continue Reading →

Checking Up on Health

Health Policy Briefs: April 17, 2012 Compiled by Benita Dodd Show me the money: Georgia ranks 11th out of the top 20 states that have received funds distributed across the nation under President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a new tool released by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The tool, which tracks all funds received by states, local governments, employers and others to implement parts of the law, reveals that Georgia received $306.6 million, or 2.5 percent of the funds – the most in the Southeast. … Continue Reading →

Checking up on Health Care

 Health Policy Briefs: March 27, 2012 Compiled by Benita M. Dodd  The U.S. Supreme Court heads into its third day of oral arguments on the Obama administration’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Wednesday.    To get a perspective that digs deeper than the mainstream media, visit these links provided by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.   Click here for coverage of Day 1 at the U.S. Supreme Court from the Heritage Foundation.   Today, on Day 2 of deliberations, reports Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation, “The funniest … Continue Reading →

Checking Up On Health

Health Policy Briefs: March 20, 2012 Compiled by Benita Dodd Today is your last chance to sign up for “Georgia Health Care Update,” the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’ Leadership Breakfast, 8 a.m. Thursday at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. State Attorney General Sam Olens and health care expert Ronald E. Bachman will give the “Georgia Health Care Update,” just days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in the challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Georgia is one of 26 states and the National … Continue Reading →

Checking Up on Health

Health Policy Briefs: January 31, 2012 Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Price controls: Everence Insurance of Pennsylvania on Monday became the first insurer flagged by federal regulators for having an unreasonable rate increase. The insurer, a for-profit arm of the Mennonite Church USA, raised rates starting in September by 11.6 percent for its ShareNet policies covering 4,800 people working for small businesses in the state. Now the insurer has 10 days to either withdraw the increase or post on its Web site the reasons it finds the increase to be … Continue Reading →

Deal, Olens Welcome Supreme Court Health Care Review

Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens issued strong statements on Monday in support of overturning federal health care reform, just a few hours after the U.S. Supreme Court said it will review  legislation that became law 20 months ago. Olens said the Supreme Court hearing scheduled for early next year is “a crucial step in our long fight to reign in the federal government’s unconstitutional over-reach into the healthcare marketplace.”  Deal’s statement recognized “the fight against the crippling mandates of Obamacare,” which has become a popular term for … Continue Reading →

Deal, Olens Praise Rejection of ObamaCare Individual Mandate

Georgia’s governor and attorney general said Friday’s decision by the federal appeals court in Atlanta that strikes down the federal health care reform individual mandate is “a huge step toward victory” but ultimately, ObamaCare will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens issued a statement about two hours after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta released its 2-to-1 opinion: “We applaud today’s ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit striking down the individual mandate as ‘a wholly … Continue Reading →