Backgrounder posted November 21, 2013
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. 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…
Issue Brief posted October 24, 2013
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.
The BCA exempts only the…
Issue Brief posted September 13, 2013
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…
Issue Brief posted September 3, 2013
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…
Issue Brief posted July 30, 2013
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
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…
Issue Brief posted June 13, 2013
Pediatric Research Bill: Obamacare’s Road to Rationing?
Later this month, the House of Representatives could consider legislation regarding pediatric research. Legislation regarding this issue (H.R. 1724) was first introduced in April, and a new version of the bill (H.R. 2019) was introduced in May.
Although largely similar, H.R. 1724 would require the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide a…