Health Care Visits Down, Health Care Spending Up

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 12:59 pm

A new report offers a puncture to the myth that American health spending springs from overtreatment. This theory goes that doctors prescribe too much medical care for various ailments, with the most expensive instrument in the doctor’s office being a pen. As a result, the cost of care rises to unsustainable levels. If we change [...]

Red-State Governors Offer Partial Expansion of Medicaid

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 12:20 pm

The Wall Street Journal reports today on the biggest non-Washington policy fight of the next few years, the bid to get states to accept the expansion of Medicaid. The Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare gave states an opt-out for the Medicaid expansion, designed to provide 1/2 of the total coverage expansion in the law. So [...]

The Smug Indifference of the Liberal Classes to the Threat of Losing the Medicaid Expansion in Red States

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 7:25 am

I think this anecdote tells you all you need to know about the liberal reaction to the possibility of several Republican Governors opting out of the Medicaid expansion: Hours after the Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s health law on Thursday, but made its Medicaid expansion optional, senior White House officials were asked by a [...]

UnitedHealth, Others Will Keep Several Insurance Regulations Even If SCOTUS Tosses Out Obamacare

By: Tuesday June 12, 2012 9:57 am

Every political reporter in the country is anxiously awaiting the list of opinions from the Supreme Court every Monday and Thursday from now until the end of the month. At some point, the decision on the Affordable Care Act will come out. But that will actually not signal the fate for the law, or at [...]

Day After Blunt Amendment, Republicans Vow “Fight is Not Over”

By: Friday March 2, 2012 6:17 am

Like all middle-aged men, Senate Republicans imagine themselves experts on women’s health, and they plan to continue to fight to eliminate free preventive women’s health services like birth control, even after yesterday’s Blunt amendment vote narrowly failed. “This fight is not over,” said Senate GOP Conference Vice Chair Roy Blunt (R-MO), the author of the [...]

Doc Fix Debate Missed Opportunity to Reduce Hidden Tax From Higher Reimbursement Rates

By: Monday December 12, 2011 1:05 pm

One of the elements of the House GOP’s year-end bill is the “doc fix,” which would avoid the current reimbursement schedule for Medicare doctors. If nothing happens, doctors would see a 27% cut in their reimbursement rates, which would undoubtedly cause many to stop seeing Medicare patients. To avoid this, the House GOP bill spends [...]

Medicare Provider Cuts In Trigger Total $119 Billion Over Ten Years

By: Thursday August 18, 2011 11:40 am

The Bipartisan Policy Center has taken a look at the expected impact of trigger cuts if the Catfood Commission II fails to reach agreement on a deficit reduction plan. I have no reason to refute these numbers, they seem pretty much in line with initial reports, only more fleshed out. According to BPC, discretionary defense [...]

The Deal with the Hospital Industry to Kill the Public Option

By: Tuesday October 5, 2010 2:11 pm

Tom Daschle’s admission that the public option was tossed in a deal with the hospital industry may come as news to a lot of people, if it gets wide attention. It’s significant that Daschle tried to clarify his statement to Igor Volsky at The Wonk Room, even though his book contains the same information: In [...]

Manager’s Amendment to Reconciliation Sidecar Released

By: Saturday March 20, 2010 11:59 am

The House Rules Committee released a nine-page “manager’s amendment” incorporating a series of changes to the reconciliation text that came out earlier this week. It looks mainly technical in nature, and my Congress-speak isn’t perfect, so I’m delving into this a bit more and will report back anything worth reporting. …Page 5 talks about $400 [...]

Catholic Bishops Continue To Oppose Health Care Bill

By: Monday March 15, 2010 1:07 pm

It’s clear that House Democrats plan to pass the health care bill without changing the abortion language, despite the demands of Rep. Bart Stupak and his cohorts. Earlier the Catholic hospitals decided to back the bill, deeming the Senate language sufficient on the question of public funding of abortion. But the US Conference of Catholic [...]

Catholic Hospitals Back Health Care Bill, Reject Stupak

By: Saturday March 13, 2010 6:06 pm

In a move that could bolster efforts to pass the health care bill, the Catholic Health Association, representing more than 600 Catholic hospitals, endorsed the measure today, rejecting the claims from anti-choice groups that it would publicly fund abortions. The chief executive of the Catholic Health Association, Carol Keehan, wrote on the group’s Web site [...]

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