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  • Backgrounder posted November 21, 2013 by Chris Jacobs How Obamacare Undermines American Values: Penalizing Work, Marriage, Citizenship, and the Disabled

    ”We are a compassionate nation,” President Barack Obama recently stated in his weekly radio address, talking about the health care law—implying that critics of Obamacare are not.[1] Nothing could be further from the truth. Obamacare itself is an uncompassionate law. While President Obama and his fellow liberals may have held the best of intentions while ramming Obamacare…

  • Commentary posted November 12, 2013 by Chris Jacobs How Obamacare will affect all Americans

    In response to the wave of insurance cancellations hitting millions of Americans, and the admission by some that President Obama’s “if you like your plan” promise was false, Obamacare’s defenders are now taking a different tack. While the law’s supporters finally admit that some people will be worse off under the law, they now claim that those “losers” will be few and…

  • Commentary posted November 3, 2013 by Chris Jacobs Obamacare Meets Monty Python

    “’Tis but a scratch!” So insists the knight after King Arthur cuts off his left arm in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. When Arthur severs his right arm and begs him to surrender, the obstreperous knight again refuses: “Just a flesh wound,” he claims. Given the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, one could easily conflate Health and Human Services Secretary…

  • Issue Brief posted October 24, 2013 by Chris Jacobs Budget Sequestration's Impact on Obamacare Subsidies

    Many Americans could face a rude awakening when they discover that the subsidies they thought they were getting to offset their health care costs are less than what they were promised. Some claim that the Obamacare subsidies are exempt from the spending reductions established by the Budget Control Act (BCA), but that is only half right.[1] The BCA exempts only the…

  • Commentary posted October 24, 2013 by Chris Jacobs Another 'Affordable Care' Sticker Shock Looms

    President Obama and supporters of his health-care law have defended it by saying that the Affordable Care Act is "the law of the land." However, the spending reductions in the 2011 Budget Control Act—the so-called sequester—also remain "the law of the land." In promoting the former, the Obama administration has failed to enforce the latter. As a result, people trying to…

  • Commentary posted October 1, 2013 by Chris Jacobs Democrats forced government shutdown. GOP is just trying to protect US from Obamacare.

    In the debate surrounding the partial US government shutdown, rhetoric and scare-mongering often seem to be overwhelming the facts. Lest they be lost, here are some highly pertinent facts about the shutdown fight, and about Obamacare.  First, fiscal conservatives in Congress want to fund the government – all of it – except for Obamacare. The House of Representatives,…

  • Commentary posted September 26, 2013 by Chris Jacobs Broken Promises, and a Broken System

    Developments this week suggest that for many Americans, Obamacare will not be worthwhile. The administration’s report on premiums claimed that insurance rates will be “lower than projected” — clever code for “premiums will go up by slightly less” than the 2009 Congressional Budget Office estimates. That’s far from the $2,500 premium reduction that Obamapromised his health…

  • Issue Brief posted September 13, 2013 by Chris Jacobs Interpreting Obamacare’s Premium Estimates for 2014

    In recent weeks, several organizations have released studies projecting premiums in Obamacare’s new exchanges next year. However, many of these studies suffer from the same flaw: They ignore or minimize the fact that, due to Obamacare, individuals will be forced to buy levels of health insurance that they may not need or want. As a result, average insurance premiums on…

  • Commentary posted September 13, 2013 by Chris Jacobs Yes, There’ll Be Sticker Shock

    Which health-insurance plan costs more — one that covers 50 percent of your expected health expenses, or one that covers 60 percent? It’s not a trick question. And the answer to it goes to the heart of the problem with studies claiming that Obamacare will not raise insurance premiums next year. Consider, for instance, a recent Rand Corporation study claiming…

  • Play Movie Unaffordable, Unworkable, Unfair: Jacobs on Fox Business Video Recorded on September 6, 2013 Unaffordable, Unworkable, Unfair: Jacobs on Fox Business

    Senior Policy Analyst Chris Jacobs discusses the implications of Obamacare and the need to defund the law on Fox Business' 'The Willis Report'.…

  • Issue Brief posted September 3, 2013 by Chris Jacobs How Obamacare Threatens Privacy in America

    Over the past several months, a stream of reports from government auditors and news stories has raised serious questions about the Administration’s implementation of Obamacare and its effects on the privacy of millions of Americans. The reports paint a portrait of an Administration casting aside security concerns—potentially putting Americans’ financial and health data at…

  • Play Movie Doctor Group Sessions under Obamacare? Jacobs on Fox Business Video Recorded on August 8, 2013 Doctor Group Sessions under Obamacare? Jacobs on Fox Business

    Healthy Policy Analyst Chris Jacobs discusses the possibility of patient group sessions under Obamacare on Fox Business' 'Cavuto'.…

  • Issue Brief posted July 30, 2013 by Chris Jacobs Defunding Obamacare: The Next Best Option

    Congressional opponents of Obamacare continue to search for the best approach to relieve the American public of the unpopular law’s burdens. Of course, the ideal solution is Obamacare’s full repeal. However, short of its full repeal, Congress’s best option is to defund the entire law to prevent its implementation. What Defunding Does Because the Constitution grants…

  • Backgrounder posted July 18, 2013 by Chris Jacobs Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate: Principles for Reform

    Congress may soon revisit the issue of Medicare physician reimbursement payment. Much of the legislative discussion will focus on the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. The SGR was enacted as part of the Balanced Budget Act in 1997 as a mechanism to update yearly Medicare physician reimbursements. Under that formula, the federal government computes an annual target…

  • Commentary posted June 27, 2013 by Chris Jacobs Donald Berwick's Rationed Transparency

    Dr. Donald Berwick is back in the public eye. The former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced he will run for governor in Massachusetts. Berwick first entered the public spotlight in April 2010, when President Obama nominated him for the CMS post. But Berwick never went through the regular confirmation process. Instead, the…