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 →

Deal: Major Health Policy Decisions “In a Holding Pattern”

By Mike Klein Governor Nathan Deal expressed displeasure with the U.S. Supreme Court decision on federal health care reform during a Thursday afternoon news conference, describing it as “the largest tax increase in the history of the United States, at least $500 billion and perhaps significantly more.”  The Governor also admitted he was surprised by the decision because he thought the Court had given “pretty strong signals” that it had problems with the individual mandate. The Governor appeared alone when he spoke to reporters and a large crowd that assembled … Continue Reading →

More Coverage: U.S. Supreme Court Health Care Law Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court has voted 5-4 to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act federal health care reform law. This means the individual mandate survives. There are questions about how this decision will affect state Medicaid programs, including Georgia Medicaid. Today we will monitor the extensive reactions to this historic decision. This is the second of two files on the Foundation blog. Please see the earlier file for those reactions earlier today. Compiled by Mike Klein. Interview with Cindy Zeldin, Executive Director, Georgians for a Healthy Future: “It’s a … Continue Reading →

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Upholds Health Care Reform Law

The U.S. Supreme Court has voted 5-4 to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act federal health care reform law.  This means the individual mandate survives.  There are questions about how this decision will affect state Medicaid programs, including Georgia Medicaid.  Today we will monitor and present the extensive reactions to this historic decision.  We invite you to check back here as Georgia leaders react.   Comments compiled by Mike Klein. 3:35 pm — Statement from Robert Schapiro, Dean, Emory University School of Law: “Chief Justice (John Roberts) has … 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 →

Health Policy Checkup

Health Policy Briefs April 3, 2012 Compiled by Benita Dodd Breast cancer surgery or not? In the Health Policy Checkup of February 14 we recommended “Overdiagnosed,” the eye-opening book by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch that reveals the unhealthy impact of too much health care. Excessive medical screening and diagnostic treating in asymptomatic people can produce overtreatment. The quest to detect health problems as early as possible is often more harmful than helpful, as Welch points out. Now comes a study out of Norway that estimates that between 15 percent and … 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 →

History Up Close at U.S. Supreme Court Health Care Arguments

By Mike Klein Monday morning millions will pay attention via media reports but only a few dozen will be inside when the U.S. Supreme Court begins three days of arguments that will decide the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s federal health care reform law.  Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens will be among those few who have a seat in the Court where history will begin to unfold. “We won’t know the opinion until the end of June,” Attorney General Olens said this week when he discussed the case before Georgia … 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 →