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  • Commentary posted January 17, 2017 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Obamacare repeal and replacement: The case for moving quickly

    President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly promised voters he will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now he and his congressional allies have an obligation to fulfill that promise. Despite some hysterical claims to the contrary, Congress isn’t going throw millions of Americans out of coverage. Under Obamacare, most newly insured people have been enrolled in…

  • Commentary posted January 6, 2017 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. The Medicare Voucher Rumor Is Just More 'Fake News'

    “Destroying traditional Medicare in favor of a privatized CouponCare system is at the top of the Republican agenda.” So warns [3] the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. Sen. Joe Donnelly, the Indiana Democrat, vows [4], “I will oppose any effort to privatize Medicare or turn it into a voucher program in the future.” Meanwhile,…

  • Commentary posted January 6, 2017 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Liberals’ fear and loathing of private Medicare plans

    President-elect Donald Trump has picked Rep. Tom Price, Georgia Republican, to be the next secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), and incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, doesn’t like it one bit. To hear Mr. Schumer tell it, Mr. Price will wage a “war on seniors,” trying to “privatize” Medicare and thereby putting “seniors’ health…

  • Commentary posted October 26, 2016 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Commentary: Obamacare Critical, Getting Sicker

    President Obama says that Obamacare is a “success,” but has “real problems.” Hillary Clinton also says that Obamacare is a success, but needs “fixing.” Her prescription: create yet another government health plan to enhance the competition. Former President Bill Clinton, meanwhile, recently described Obamacare as “the craziest thing in the world.” Great timing. The…

  • Commentary posted October 11, 2016 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Obamacare — It’s the Costs, Stupid!

    President Obama says that Obamacare is a “success,” but has “real problems.” Hillary Clinton also says that Obamacare is a success, but needs “fixing.” Her prescription: create yet another government health plan — a “public option” — to enhance the competition. Note that “competition” has not been enhanced by two other government insurance creations: the disappearing…

  • Special Report posted July 29, 2016 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Medicare’s Next 50 Years: Preserving the Program for Future Retirees

    Here’s the truth. Millions of Americans rely on Medicare in their retirement. And millions more will do so in the future. But with an aging population and rising health care costs, we are spending too fast to sustain the program. And if we don’t gradually reform the system while protecting current seniors, it won’t be there when future retirees need it. — President Barack…

  • Commentary posted July 6, 2016 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Here's How Congress Can Save Medicare

    When will Medicare’s hospital insurance trust fund run out of money? A newly released report from the Medicare Trustees says it will be exhausted in 2028—two years earlier than they projected last year. Using slightly different assumptions, the Congressional Budget Office earlier predicted that the trust fund would be insolvent by 2026. No matter how you slice it, the…

  • Issue Brief posted July 5, 2016 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. The 2016 Trustees Report: Yet Another Warning to Congress and the President

    The Medicare Trustees have released their long-awaited 2016 annual report.[1] It once again calls for expeditious action by Congress and the executive branch to address Medicare’s growing fiscal problems. The Medicare Trustees project major increases in Medicare spending, fueled by progressively higher taxes, and an even larger long-term Medicare debt than they projected…

  • Commentary posted May 27, 2016 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Congress Receiving Unconstitutional Obamacare Subsidies

    In our constitutional republic, it not only matters what officials do, but also how they do it. Constitutional policy ends can be pursued only by constitutional means. That understanding lies at the heart of the recent decision in United States House of Representatives v. Burwell. There, the Federal Court for the District of Columbia declared the Obama administration’s…

  • Backgrounder posted April 1, 2016 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Year Six of the Affordable Care Act: Obamacare’s Mounting Problems

    Americans are engaged in an intense national debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA, popularly known as “Obamacare”). Despite President Barack Obama’s glowing account of his “signature” accomplishment, the ACA’s six-year record demonstrates that the legislative product he signed into law is deeply—and in many respects irreparably—flawed.…

  • Testimony posted March 22, 2016 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Preserving and Protecting Medicare

    Testimony before Subcommittee on Health Committee on Ways and Means U.S. House of Representatives March 16, 2016 My name is Robert E. Moffit. I am Senior Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage Foundation. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has…

  • Issue Brief posted December 11, 2015 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Reducing Taxpayer Subsidies to Wealthy Medicare Recipients Is Sound Policy

    Medicare is accumulating an unfunded obligation of between $28 trillion and $37 trillion.[1] This is the dollar amount of promises to Medicare beneficiaries that are not financed with dedicated revenues. Although comprehensive Medicare reform is in order, one small step to alleviate this burden would be a further reduction in taxpayer subsidies to Medicare’s wealthy…

  • Backgrounder posted December 4, 2015 by Paul Winfree, Daren Bakst, Rachel Sheffield, James Phillips, Diane Katz, Nicolas Loris, Katie Tubb, Roger Severino, Sarah Torre, Lindsey Burke, James Sherk, Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., Brett D. Schaefer, David Inserra Important Policy Riders for the FY 2016 Appropriations Bills

    The Constitution unequivocally grants Congress the exclusive power to appropriate funds for the “necessary and proper” operations of government.[1] James Madison wrote in The Federalist No. 58 that providing budgetary powers to Congress was a critical element in maintaining individual rights: “The power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and…

  • Commentary posted November 9, 2015 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Stop the Presses: Congress Did the Right Thing on Medicare

    The recent Boehner-Obama budget deal is bad public policy. Formally known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, it’s devoid of serious entitlement reform and allows the already crushing national debt to crash through a $18.1 trillion ceiling. Indeed, the debt literally jumped $339 billion the very same day President Obama signed the deal into law. But sometimes, even…

  • Issue Brief posted October 28, 2015 by Paul Winfree, Romina Boccia, Justin T. Johnson, Daren Bakst, Nicolas Loris, James L. Gattuso, Jason Snead, Rachel Greszler, Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., David R. Burton, Curtis S. Dubay Analysis of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

    The federal budget is on a dangerous trajectory and immediate corrective action is required. The U.S. national debt is at $18.1 trillion. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), if the government remains on its currently planned course, it will spend $7 trillion more over the next 10 years than it will receive in taxes, piling on even more debt. Heritage…