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  • Issue Brief posted March 20, 2015 by Drew Gonshorowski 2015 ACA-Exchange-Premiums Update: Premiums Still Rising

    Health care premiums are continuing to rise in 2015. While the pace of change has slowed since the dramatic increases of 2014, the savings promised under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have still not materialized. Measuring changes in premiums is an important element in understanding the impact of the ACA. In previous analysis, The Heritage Foundation determined that the…

  • Issue Brief posted September 20, 2012 by Robert Rector An Overview of Obama’s End Run on Welfare Reform

    In July of this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) granted itself authority to “waive compliance” with all of the work provisions in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. HHS has declared that the work requirements written in the law are no longer legally binding on state governments and that they can and will be replaced by…

  • Backgrounder posted July 9, 2007 by John S. O'Shea, M.D. The Crisis in Hospital Emergency Departments: Overcoming the Burden of Federal Regulation

    There is a deepening crisis in America's hospital emergency rooms. More and more patients are show­ing up for care without the ability to pay for it. The burden on taxpayers and private insurance policy holders is increasing, and doctors and nurses are often overworked while operating in an environment of complex and confusing overregulation, increased liti­gation, and…

  • Center for Policy Innovation Research Summary posted October 15, 2012 by Diane Calmus The Affordable Care Act’s Rulemaking Process: What the Research Shows

    Abstract: The rush to issue regulations for implementing the most popular parts of the President’s health insurance bill resulted in eight “economically significant” regulations of remarkably poor quality, according to Jerry Ellig of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and Christopher Conover of Duke University. They detailed major deficiencies in the…

  • Issue Brief posted February 20, 2015 by Edmund F. Haislmaier King v. Burwell: Assessing the Claimed Effects of a Decision for the Plaintiffs

    Should the Supreme Court rule in King v. Burwell—a case challenging the Obama Administration’s implementation of the premium tax credit provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—that the statute restricts the payment of premium tax credits only to individuals obtaining coverage “through an Exchange established by [a] State,” its ruling would preclude the Treasury paying…

  • Issue Brief posted June 21, 2012 by James C. Capretta Obamacare’s Failings Go Well Beyond the Individual Mandate and Medicaid

    Obamacare is under review by the Supreme Court because of its constitutionally suspect provisions, namely the “individual mandate” and the coercive Medicaid provisions. Certainly, the Court would do the country an immense favor by striking down the entire law so the decks were cleared for a sensible, market-based reform plan. But in the event that the Court does not…

  • Backgrounder posted July 25, 2011 by Gary S. Lawson Reviving Formal Rulemaking: Openness and Accountability for Obamacare

    Abstract: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is not so much a set of norms to regulate conduct as an authorization to administrators to produce norms to regulate conduct. Implementation of the Act will require many years and literally thousands of administrative regulations that will determine its substantive content and coverage. Under current law,…

  • WebMemo posted January 18, 2011 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Obamacare and the Individual Mandate: Violating Personal Liberty and Federalism

    With enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),[1] Congress is imposing a mandate on citizens, effective January 1, 2014, to purchase a federally approved level of health insurance.[2] Summary Under Section 1501, individuals will be assessed a monetary penalty if they do not purchase a health insurance plan that meets the…

  • Special Report posted April 24, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Charlotte Florance, Daniel J Kaniewski The Ebola Outbreak of 2013–2014: An Assessment of U.S. Actions

    The task force chairmen, steering committee members, and participants remind readers of this report that the affiliations of the contributors are listed only for identification and that they do not imply institutional endorsement. Contributors to this report do not necessarily represent their institutions, and every member of the task force does not necessarily endorse…

  • WebMemo posted April 19, 2010 by Chuck Donovan Obamacare: Impact on Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

    Obamacare: Impact on Taxpayer Funding of Abortion The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will spawn a new wave of federal and state legislative debate—as well as judicial action—on abortion funding. Moreover, the executive order signed by President Obama on March 24 to limit federal abortion funding will have little or no effect on the new war over…

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  • Special Report posted April 24, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Charlotte Florance, Daniel J Kaniewski The Ebola Outbreak of 2013–2014: An Assessment of U.S. Actions

    The task force chairmen, steering committee members, and participants remind readers of this report that the affiliations of the contributors are listed only for identification and that they do not imply institutional endorsement. Contributors to this report do not necessarily represent their institutions, and every member of the task force does not necessarily endorse…

  • Issue Brief posted March 20, 2015 by Drew Gonshorowski 2015 ACA-Exchange-Premiums Update: Premiums Still Rising

    Health care premiums are continuing to rise in 2015. While the pace of change has slowed since the dramatic increases of 2014, the savings promised under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have still not materialized. Measuring changes in premiums is an important element in understanding the impact of the ACA. In previous analysis, The Heritage Foundation determined that the…

  • Issue Brief posted February 20, 2015 by Edmund F. Haislmaier King v. Burwell: Assessing the Claimed Effects of a Decision for the Plaintiffs

    Should the Supreme Court rule in King v. Burwell—a case challenging the Obama Administration’s implementation of the premium tax credit provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—that the statute restricts the payment of premium tax credits only to individuals obtaining coverage “through an Exchange established by [a] State,” its ruling would preclude the Treasury paying…

  • Issue Brief posted February 28, 2014 by Daren Bakst Is the FDA Getting Out of Control?

    Acting on its own volition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is using the regulatory process to gain unprecedented control of food policy and remove dietary choices from Americans. Similar to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the FDA is pushing extreme policies to regulate in areas that have never been federally regulated. Recent examples highlight this…

  • Issue Brief posted January 10, 2013 by Lindsey Burke, David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D. Head Start Impact Evaluation Report Finally Released

    In 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) completed data collection for its third-grade follow-up study of Head Start, a federal preschool program designed to improve the kindergarten readiness of low-income children. Four years later, just before Christmas, the agency finally published the results of the congressionally mandated evaluation. The report’s…

  • Issue Brief posted December 12, 2012 by Nina Owcharenko, Edmund F. Haislmaier Medicaid Expansion and State Health Exchanges: A Risky Proposition for the States

    Recent decisions by the Obama Administration concerning the health care exchanges and Medicaid expansion underscore what a risky proposition the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is for the states. Congress presumed in PPACA (Obamacare) that the states would agree to build and run exchanges and could be forced to expand Medicaid. The Supreme Court,…

  • Center for Policy Innovation Research Summary posted October 15, 2012 by Diane Calmus The Affordable Care Act’s Rulemaking Process: What the Research Shows

    Abstract: The rush to issue regulations for implementing the most popular parts of the President’s health insurance bill resulted in eight “economically significant” regulations of remarkably poor quality, according to Jerry Ellig of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and Christopher Conover of Duke University. They detailed major deficiencies in the…

  • Issue Brief posted September 20, 2012 by Robert Rector An Overview of Obama’s End Run on Welfare Reform

    In July of this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) granted itself authority to “waive compliance” with all of the work provisions in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. HHS has declared that the work requirements written in the law are no longer legally binding on state governments and that they can and will be replaced by…

  • Issue Brief posted June 21, 2012 by James C. Capretta Obamacare’s Failings Go Well Beyond the Individual Mandate and Medicaid

    Obamacare is under review by the Supreme Court because of its constitutionally suspect provisions, namely the “individual mandate” and the coercive Medicaid provisions. Certainly, the Court would do the country an immense favor by striking down the entire law so the decks were cleared for a sensible, market-based reform plan. But in the event that the Court does not…

  • Special Report posted June 19, 2012 by Thomas M. Messner, Edmund F. Haislmaier On Contraception Mandate, the Obama Administration’s Potential Proposed “Accommodation” Fails to Protect Religious and Moral Conscience

    On March 21, 2012, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (referred to herein, either individually or in any combination of these or certain other federal government sources, as the “Government” or the “Obama Administration”) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) in the…

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