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  • Commentary posted April 25, 2014 by Alyene Senger If You Like Choice, Competition And Entrepreneurship, Obamacare Is Not For You

    Gene Sperling, former director of President Obama’s National Economic Council and former Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, argues that Obamacare should appeal to those who desire competition and choice in health care. But the very nature of Obamacare fosters neither. Sperling claims that the Obamacare exchanges are competitive: “On average, there are 8…

  • Issue Brief posted March 11, 2014 by Alyene Senger, Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Proposed Rules for Part D Would Create Undue Disruption for Seniors

    The Obama Administration’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it will not finalize controversial elements of its proposed Medicare rule. The proposed rule would have undercut patient choice and reduced the competition that controls costs in the Medicare drug program (Part D).[1] Many key stakeholders and Members of Congress expressed…

  • Commentary posted March 11, 2014 by Alyene Senger Obama’s slippery attack on ‘junk’ health care plans

    “Too many Americans have substandard health plans.” That was just one of many arguments made by President Obama and his allies to justify why America needed the heavy government regulation included in Obamacare. Obamacare, they assured us, would rein in all those “bad-apple insurers” and protect consumers from the false security of “junk” health care plans. Last year,…

  • Issue Brief posted February 11, 2014 by Alyene Senger “Junk” Health Plans and Other Obamacare Insurance Myths

    Obamacare affects nearly all areas of health care, but the most disruptive provisions of the law affect insurance sold in the individual market. In 2013, at least 4.7 million policyholders across 31 states and the District of Columbia were notified that their current coverage was being discontinued.[1] The number is likely even higher, since data were not available for 19…

  • Commentary posted January 15, 2014 by Alyene Senger The Next Obamacare Crisis

    After a botched rollout that was universally panned, it may seem like things are finally moving more smoothly for Obamacare. But 2014 and beyond promise more turbulence for consumers, with premium tax credits likely to be another crisis. On January 1, Obamacare’s subsidized exchange coverage began. The Congressional Budget Office projects that exchange subsidies, both…

  • Issue Brief posted December 18, 2013 by Alyene Senger Ten Broken Obamacare Promises

    Since the passage of Obamacare in 2010, many of the President’s famous promises have been routinely broken. As he so ironically threatened in 2009, “If you misrepresent what’s in this plan, we will call you out.”[1] To that end, here are 10 promises of Obamacare that have already proved to be broken. Promise #1: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep…

  • Commentary posted December 15, 2013 by Alyene Senger Obamacare: A bad deal for young people

    By now, young adults have heard that they are key to making Obamacare work, and the Obama administration has spent ample resources trying to convince them that the law is a good deal for them. But they don't seem to be buying in. A new Harvard poll shows that 57 percent of young adults polled disapprove of the health care law. And with good reason: The law will impact…

  • Issue Brief posted November 8, 2013 by Alyene Senger Lack of Competition in Obamacare’s Exchanges: Over Half of U.S. Has Two or Fewer Carriers

    My guiding principle is, and always has been, that consumers do better when there is choice and competition. That’s how the market works. Unfortunately, in 34 states, 75 percent of the insurance market is controlled by five or fewer companies. In Alabama, almost 90 percent is controlled by just one company. And without competition, the price of insurance goes up and…

  • Issue Brief posted August 26, 2013 by Alyene Senger Obamacare’s Impact on Businesses: An Update

    Obamacare will impose new health coverage costs, the employer mandate, compliance regulations, and new taxes on all businesses. Altogether, these constraints will dramatically affect companies’ per-employee costs, desire to provide health coverage, and motivation to grow in terms of both income and employment. Further Burdening Businesses Obamacare is likely to…

  • Issue Brief posted August 23, 2013 by Alyene Senger Obamacare’s Impact on Doctors—An Update

    No class of American professionals will be more negatively impacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare, than physicians. Third-party payment arrangements are already compromising the independence and integrity of the medical profession, and Obamacare reinforces the worst of these features. Specifically, physicians…

  • Issue Brief posted August 21, 2013 by Alyene Senger Obamacare’s Impact on Today’s and Tomorrow’s Taxpayers: An Update

    At a time when the nation has nearly $17 trillion in national debt and is running annual trillion-dollar budget deficits, largely attributed to existing entitlements, Obamacare creates two new entitlements projected to cost nearly $1.8 trillion over the next decade.[1] While Obamacare is technically scored by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) as a deficit reducer,…

  • Issue Brief posted August 20, 2013 by Alyene Senger What to Watch for in the PPACA’s Exchanges

    Open enrollment in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA’s) exchanges begins on October 1, 2013, with coverage taking effect on January 1, 2014. While the federal government has announced that it will not release official information on plan participation and premiums until September, some information has been released by the states. Although the…

  • Issue Brief posted August 20, 2013 by Alyene Senger Obamacare’s Impact on Seniors: An Update

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) makes dramatic changes in the country’s health care system, especially in Medicare, that will seriously affect American seniors. Indeed, much of the health law’s new spending is financed by spending reductions in the Medicare program. Less Access to Care Obamacare mandates $716 billion in Medicare payment…

  • Play Movie Obamacare 'Navigators': Hiking Taxes? Senger on 'Wilkow!' Video Recorded on August 6, 2013 Obamacare 'Navigators': Hiking Taxes? Senger on 'Wilkow!'

    Research Associate Alyene Senger discusses the problems with Obamacare 'Navigators' in The Blaze's 'Wilkow!'…

  • Commentary posted August 2, 2013 by Nina Owcharenko, Alyene Senger Many Will Opt Out and Simply Pay a Small Penalty

    It should come as no surprise when employers and young adults decide not to join in the Obamacare parade - despite the lofty promises made by the president and supporters in Congress. As more about the law is learned, more problems come to light. Two groups crucial to the health-care law's success - employers and young adults - are beginning to see that costs may be…