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  • Backgrounder posted August 9, 2011 by Paul L. Winfree Medicare Solvency: How to Get There

    Abstract: The latest projections of the size of the federal debt by the Congressional Budget Office are gloomy. The CBO estimates that by 2035, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will eat up 15 percent of GDP—with Medicare alone accounting for nearly 7 percent. These levels of spending are unsustainable. Heritage Foundation health care economist Paul Winfree lays out…

  • Play Movie Paul Winfree on the Costs of Obamacare on FNC Video Recorded on August 9, 2011 Paul Winfree on the Costs of Obamacare on FNC

    Paul Winfree comments on the costs of Obamacare.…

  • Commentary posted July 7, 2011 by Brian Blase, Paul L. Winfree Health-Care Legislation Will Take Millions Off the Tax Rolls

    Every April 15, Americans pay closer attention to the cost of government, with millions either receiving refunds or writing checks to the IRS. But an unsettling trend has emerged over the last two decades: fewer American households are paying anything at all for the cost of government. Last year, for the first time since the Great Depression, Americans received more…

  • Commentary posted June 20, 2011 by Paul L. Winfree Obamacare’s Premium Subsidies Will Stifle Small Business

    As small business goes, so goes the economy. They have been responsible for creating almost two-thirds of all net new jobs over the last 15 years. Indeed, one reason Obamacare is such a concern is that it will significantly reduce the incentive for small businesses to hire. Especially once the premium subsidies become available in 2014. The premium subsidies are…

  • Backgrounder posted May 24, 2011 by Paul L. Winfree Obamacare Tax Subsidies: Bigger Deficit, Fewer Taxpayers, Damaged Economy

    Abstract: The number of Americans who pay federal income taxes has been shrinking every year, with a recent report suggesting that less than half of American households owed federal income taxes in 2009. One of the key components of Obamacare, tax subsidies to purchase federally approved health insurance, will substantially increase the number of people who are not paying…

  • Center for Policy Innovation Research Summary posted May 9, 2011 by Paul L. Winfree Research Shows Medicare Part D Crowds Out Private Insurance, Public Funds Cut Seniors’ Costs

    In 2003, the Medicare Modernization Act added a publicly funded prescription drug benefit to Medicare.  Known as Part D, the program was a major expansion of Medicare.  Economists Gary Engelhardt of Syracuse University and Jonathan Gruber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have examined the degree to which the new and subsidized drug coverage replaced existing…

  • WebMemo posted January 20, 2011 by Brian Blase, Paul L. Winfree Obamacare and Health Subsidies: Expanding Perverse Incentives for Employers and Employees

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)[1] offers subsidies for most individuals who purchase insurance in the newly created health insurance exchanges—a premium assistance subsidy and a cost-sharing subsidy. These subsidies are the most expensive component of the overhaul, costing over $460 billion by 2019. Perhaps even more problematic, they will cause…

  • Commentary posted October 18, 2010 by Rea S. Hederman, Jr., Paul L. Winfree What's the Worst That Could Happen With The New Health Law?

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is one of the largest and most complicated overhauls ever enacted. Policy experts continue to debate the impact it will have. Among the issues that has raised concerns is its cost. Supporters point to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office that the law will reduce the nation's budget deficit by about $140 billion over…

  • Commentary posted October 15, 2010 by Paul L. Winfree Students cuffed by Loans

    This April, while hashing out the bill that reconciled differences between the House and Senate versions of health reform, lawmakers tossed in another overhaul as well. They completely remade the student loan industry. As a result, college students will pay more for their school loans ... unless they go to work for the government. Of course, that’s not the story…

  • Commentary posted October 11, 2010 by Paul L. Winfree When Student Loans Become Golden Handcuffs

    This April, while hashing out the bill that reconciled differences between the House and Senate versions of health reform, lawmakers tossed in another overhaul as well. They completely remade the student loan industry. As a result, college students will pay more for their school loans ... unless they go to work for the government. Of course, that's not the…

  • WebMemo posted September 23, 2010 by Brian Blase, Rea S. Hederman, Jr., Paul L. Winfree The Uncertainty of Health Care Projections

    The Patient and Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is one of the largest and most controversial pieces of legislation ever enacted. Many economists and policy analysts have very different views on what effect PPACA will have on business, government finances, and the health care industry. During the debate, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had the daunting…

  • WebMemo posted September 22, 2010 by Karen Campbell, Ph.D., Guinevere Nell, Paul L. Winfree Obamacare: Impact on the Economy

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the health care bill signed into law by President Obama in March, will overhaul the current health insurance system by enforcing mandates on individuals and businesses, expanding Medicaid, and introducing new taxes and fines to help pay for the increased “federal budgetary commitment to health care.” Contrary…

  • WebMemo posted March 16, 2010 by Karen Campbell, Ph.D., Guinevere Nell, Paul L. Winfree Mandates and Taxes Re-Burden Health Insurance Markets

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), the health care reform bill that was passed by the Senate and is now being considered by the House, promises to overhaul the current health insurance system by enforcing mandates on individuals and businesses, expanding Medicaid, and introducing new taxes and fines to help pay for the increased “federal budgetary…

  • Center for Data Analysis Report posted January 27, 2010 by Rea S. Hederman, Jr., Paul L. Winfree How Health Care Reform Will Affect Young Adults

    Abstract: Both of the current House and Senate health care bills disproportionately burden younger, healthier Americans with higher insurance premiums. To ensure that these young people buy health insurance anyway, Congress has decided to nudge them into purchasing insurance by enforcing a penalty for those who fail to buy coverage. Heritage Foundation analysts estimate…

  • Backgrounder posted December 18, 2009 by William W. Beach, Robert A. Book, Ph.D., Karen Campbell, Ph.D., Rea S. Hederman, Jr., David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D., John L. Ligon, Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D., Guinevere Nell, Kathryn Nix, Nina Owcharenko, Jason Richwine, Ph.D., James Sherk, Kisa Smith, Patrick Tyrrell, Paul L. Winfree An Analysis of the Senate Democrats' Health Care Bill

    Abstract: The Senate health care bill would overhaul the entire health care sector of the U.S. economy by erecting massive federal controls over private health insurance, dictating the content of insurance benefit packages and the use of medical treatments, procedures, and medical devices. It would alter the relationship between the federal government and the states,…