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Really, less regulation and more privatization would save U.S. healthcare

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It is no coincidence that, as health care costs have steadily risen over the decades, so too has government regulation As politicos and pundits around the country breathlessly await a U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the constitutionality of federal Obamacare exchanges in several states, others are forging ahead developing policy alternatives to the Affordable Care Act because, either way the ruling goes, it is still imperative we dismantle the byzantine regulatory processes that comprise the law. To that end, writes Robert E. Moffit, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Health Policy Studies, at RealClearPolicy, real healthcare “reform” ...

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Americans’ out-of-pocket spending increases under Obamacare

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American health care is the one of the most highly regulated industries in the country, which is the primary reason why it has become so expensive, but progressives’ “solution” to high health care costs is always more government regulation It turns out there is little that is “affordable” regarding the Affordable Care Act. The law that has been nicknamed after the president continues to ravage both the health care industry in general and Americans’ pocket books. What’s more, the administration’s claim that health care costs are falling is premised on a misconception (surprise!). But as Merrill Matthews of the Institute ...

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Obamacare regs are killing small businesses, where most job growth occurs

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No, small business owners, you’re not crazy: Obamacare has not lowered your health expenditures By Richard W. Black “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” was named the PolitiFact Lie of the Year for 2013. “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” was probably a close second. But of course, the lies of Obamacare continue to pile up while the program limps along. One theory behind all the mandate exemptions, waivers and delays in implementation issued by Obama is that his administration is cynically attempting to run out the clock so that The One can claim ...

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Veterans should have choice in healthcare options

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When the federal government finally controls all health care and there are no more “private” options, every hospital will operate like those belonging to the Veterans Administration By John Wood In the aftermath of the VA scandal of 2014, wherein it was discovered that veterans dependent on healthcare through the Veterans Administration were suffering from intolerably long waits for care, even dying in some case while officials in the VA concealed the agency’s neglect of patients, many changes were made to the VA system, both in areas of personnel and practice. But while funding has been added to the VA via ...

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Obama’s war on your doctor continues as fines levied to punish noncompliance

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When a law levies fines as ‘punishment’ for non-compliance with a mandate, the law may as well levy the fine on the consumer using the service because that is who ultimately will pays it One of Obamacare’s supposed “incentives” to hospitals and doctors is a provision within the law that supposedly rewards them for improving HIT – health information technology. Specifically, the law provides payment incentives to doctor’s offices and hospitals when they convert to electronic health records (EHRs). In 2009, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis, the Obama administration established a five-year budget of $30 billion to ...

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Reducing ‘government-run health care’ should be a policy priority

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Uncle Sam spends more on health care than any other single entity, which is why the federal government gets to make all the rules governing the health care industry. Therefore, reducing the number of Americans the government is taking care of is the best way to reform the system Tens of millions of Americans – a majority, even – detest the Affordable Care Act. In fact, most Americans, if you asked, would likely say they detest “government-run health care” in general. We don’t like rules imposed on us regarding what type of care we can get, and from whom. We ...

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The next massive unfunded health care mandate is on its way

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A massive new medical coding system will take effect Oct. 1, barring congressional action and concurrence by the president, yet too many doctor’s offices and government agencies aren’t ready to make the transition, and that’s going to affect care delivery and patient billing The hits to the nation’s health care system just keep on coming, and this next one is really going to sting because it will hit us where it hurts the most: In our doctors. Dr. John O’Shea, M.D., and John Grimsley, writing over at The Daily Signal, say a massive unfunded mandate is coming down the pipe ...

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