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  • Backgrounder posted October 30, 2014 by Edmund F. Haislmaier, Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., Nina Owcharenko, Alyene Senger A Fresh Start for Health Care Reform

    Despite President Barack Obama’s insistence that the national health care debate is over, and that he will not “re-litigate” the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the practical concerns, aggravated by implementation glitches and policy failures, guarantee that the debate over the PPACA is far from over.[1] In the next phase of the health care…

  • Issue Brief posted November 12, 2013 by Derrick Morgan, Rea S. Hederman, Jr., Nina Owcharenko, Romina Boccia Principles for the Budget Conference

    For the first time in years, lawmakers have agreed to convene in a budget conference to reconcile differences between their respective budget proposals, as presented by House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan (R–WI) and Senate Budget Committee chair Patty Murray (D–WA). The two chambers’ budgets differ wildly in terms of taxes and the size of government. A budget…

  • Commentary posted November 6, 2013 by Nina Owcharenko The Conservative Alternative to Obamacare

    It’s not a secret that Obamacare is wreaking havoc on the health-care sector, and this is prompting many Americans to ask for an escape. However, we wouldn’t want to go back to the health system as it existed before the Affordable Care Act. Recognizing this, the Heritage Foundation last week released a definitive compilation of health-care solutions that make patients…

  • Commentary posted October 10, 2013 by Nina Owcharenko Shopping for Health Insurance: Obamacare Exchanges a Mess

    Starting today, the Obamacare exchanges are supposed to be open for business. They are critical pieces in the Obamacare infrastructure. Not only are they supposed to be the place for consumers to shop for their health insurance, but they are also the delivery mechanism for the financial assistance the government hopes will entice customers to shop there for their health…

  • Commentary posted October 10, 2013 by Nina Owcharenko Yet Another Misleading Presidential Pitch for Obamacare

    President Obama and former President Bill Clinton yesterday tried to persuade Americans, particularly young adults, to enroll in Obamacare’s government exchanges. Again.  As before, they focused on the so-called “popular provisions” and insisted that the health care law will somehow make coverage more affordable. But yet again there is more to the story.  President Obama…

  • Commentary posted September 25, 2013 by Nina Owcharenko Yet Another Misleading Presidential Pitch for Obamacare

    President Obama and former President Bill Clinton yesterday tried to persuade Americans, particularly young adults, to enroll in Obamacare’s government exchanges. Again. As before, they focused on the so-called “popular provisions” and insisted that the health care law will somehow make coverage more affordable. But yet again there is more to the story. President…

  • 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…

  • Issue Brief posted June 10, 2013 by Nina Owcharenko If Obamacare Collapses: How States Can Protect Their Citizens

    As the case against Obamacare continues to mount, states should be ready to act. Despite the President’s professions of confidence, recent concerns voiced by Members of Congress—added to lackluster support for and understanding of the law by the public—have further exposed Obamacare’s real and practical vulnerabilities. In preparation for the likely collapse of Obamacare,…

  • Commentary posted April 15, 2013 by Nina Owcharenko Obama Offers One More Reason States Shouldn't Rush to Expand Medicaid

    Tucked away in the president’s latest budget was a recommendation to delay scheduled cuts in payments to hospitals that treat large numbers of the uninsured patients and therefore provide a disproportionate amount of uncompensated care. The cuts in Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments were enacted under Obamacare, and the call to postpone them constitutes…

  • Commentary posted March 8, 2013 by Nina Owcharenko Obamacare Option Puts Patients Taxpayers at Risk

    To extend health coverage to millions of currently uninsured Americans, the architects of Obamacare relied heavily on the idea that states would open up their already strained Medicaid programs to tens of millions of new people. But expanding Medicaid is risky business. Not only can it lead to lower quality of care for people within the program, it can also risk busting…

  • Issue Brief posted March 5, 2013 by Nina Owcharenko Why the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Is Bad for Taxpayers and Patients

    Medicaid needs reform, not expansion. This federal–state health care program provides health care to over 60 million Americans and consumes a growing portion of state and federal budgets. Research shows a long history of Medicaid enrollees having worse access and outcomes than privately insured individuals.[1] Due in part to low reimbursement, one in three doctors refuses…

  • Commentary posted February 10, 2013 by Nina Owcharenko Gov. Scott Walker Should Resist This Obamacare Temptation

    Pressure is mounting on Gov. Scott Walker to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare proponents say the expansion is a no-brainer - that the federal government will pick up the tab and bring even more doctors into the struggling health care program for the poor. But this deal is too good to be true. The proposed Medicaid expansion would likely end…

  • Commentary posted February 5, 2013 by Nina Owcharenko Why Medicaid Expansion Is Still Wrong for the States

    Governor John Kasich now joins the list of governors that are looking to expand their Medicaid programs. In some instances, the logic of such a decision makes sense. Democratic governors have traditionally supported expanding the role of Medicaid. But the decision by Republican governors, such as Governor Jan Brewer (Ariz.), Governor Jack Dalrymple (N.D.), Governor Susana…

  • Commentary posted February 5, 2013 by Nina Owcharenko Health Care and the Debt Deal

    In agreeing to a temporary increase in the debt ceiling, the House attached several conditions. One was a commitment to pass a budget that will balance within 10 years. Meeting that goal is important not only for the country’s fiscal future but also for the future of the country’s health care. Health care entitlements are a major driver of federal spending. In 2011,…

  • Issue Brief posted December 12, 2012 by Nina Owcharenko, Edmund F. Haislmaier Medicaid Expansion and State Health Exchanges: A Risky Proposition for the States

    Recent decisions by the Obama Administration concerning the health care exchanges and Medicaid expansion underscore what a risky proposition the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is for the states. Congress presumed in PPACA (Obamacare) that the states would agree to build and run exchanges and could be forced to expand Medicaid. The Supreme Court,…