On Obamacare, the President Ignores Unpleasant Realities
This week, President Obama published an article in The Journal of the American Medical Association that is likely to be his last and most comprehensive defense of the Affordable Care Act — a.k.a. Obamacare — while in office. …
The Importance of the House GOP Health Plan
The release of the House GOP health-care plan last month was a milestone event in the long-running debate over the future of health care in the United States. Republican leaders had been promising to repeal and replace the Affordable Care …
A Better Way on Health Care
Who actually likes the grievously misnamed Affordable Care Act?
Neither of the major-party presidential candidates like it: Donald Trump calls it a disaster, and Hillary Rodham Clinton supports repealing part of it, namely the unpopular tax on generous insurance plans …
Health-Care Reform and the Candidates
No one really expects this year’s presidential campaign to be decided on issues. But in fact, we are heading toward a new record for vacuousness. To see how far we’ve drifted from any connection with the real world, …
Obamacare’s Taxpayer-Subsidized Failure
Here’s some bad news for the insurance industry: Unexpectedly generous corporate subsidies didn’t save companies selling Obamacare policies from bleeding red ink.
The worse news: Those subsidies are set to expire in 2017, meaning that insurers will have to …
Why Is Obamacare Regulating Health Savings Accounts Out of Existence?
Almost six years to the day after the Affordable Care Act was enacted, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken steps to kill health savings accounts (HSAs) in the state health-insurance exchanges. It was bound to happen …
Does Marco Rubio’s Health-Care Plan Include a Mandate?
There is a policy debate out there — which was initiated in these pages by Michael Cannon — over whether or not the Rubio health-care plan includes a mandate, and hence is no different than the Affordable Care Act, i….
Beware Feds Bearing Gifts
Critics of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker are mystified that the state is suing the federal government for a few tens of million dollars under an insurer tax in Obamacare, while turning down hundreds of millions under the law’s Medicaid …
I Read Trump’s Health-Care Plan; Will He?
The Trump campaign has released a health-care plan. Like the campaign’s immigration plan and tax plan before it, it contradicts much of what he has been saying on the stump. Trump has frequently suggested that other Republicans would leave …
Rubio Mocks Trump for Repeating Himself on Overhauling ObamaCare
Donald Trump became visibly flustered in tonight’s CNN debate after Marco Rubio mocked him for repeatedly using the same line in describing how he would overhaul health care. Rubio challenged Trump to specifically articulate what his health-care plan entails, and …
The CBO Identifies a Big Driver of Health-Care Spending
Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute points to a table I missed from the CBO report that came out on Tuesday:
This table goes a long way toward explaining many of the problems we have with the current health-care system: …
Suing Their Way Out of Obamacare Failure
Insurers from Oregon to Pennsylvania, including a failed health-care co-operative and two long-established Blues plans have lost billions of dollars selling Obamacare policies. Now they are suing the federal government to recoup their losses. In a testament to industry desperation, …
How to Stop Insurer Bailouts
In the coming decade, actions set in motion by the Obama administration could cost the American taxpayer over $170 billion in publicly funded health-insurance-company bailouts — a scandal I described in detail in these pages last week. Fortunately for taxpayers, however, …
The Pajama Boy White House
“Cleverness is not wisdom.”
— Euripides, Bacchae
What exactly has birthed the Pajama Boy aristocracy — our overclass of pretentious, inexperienced, and smug 30-something masters of the universe?
Prolonged adolescence? Affluence? The disappearance of physical chores and muscular labor? The …
The Latest Problem under the Affordable Care Act: Deductibles
We hear it every day from supporters of the Affordable Care Act: The fact that more people have health insurance now than before the law was signed is proof that it’s working. But this is hardly the best measure …
There’s No Public-Health Case for Making Nuns Provide Free Birth Control
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a group of cases challenging the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that non-profit employers offer health-care coverage that includes contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization. The challengers in the consolidated cases, …
Nobody’s Health-Care Plan, Including Obama’s, Has a Mandate. But They Do Have Tax Provisions
Obamacare does not have a mandate. Wait: Has Marco Rubio proposed an individual mandate?
The Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon and James Capretta of AEI have engaged in a spirited and informative point-counterpoint on that question here at NRO.
Regulate Precision Medicine Less and We Can Afford to Fund It Less
In a splashy White House event on February 25, President Obama once again touted his precision, or personalized, medicine initiative, which is intended to advance medicine’s new mantra, “The right dose of the right drug for the right patient at …
No, Rubio’s Plan Does Not Include an Individual Mandate
Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute believes that Senator Marco Rubio’s plan for health-care reform would be politically ruinous for those opposed to Obamacare. He urges conservatives to embrace his plan — for “Large HSAs,” as they are known …
Rubio’s Health Plan Has an Individual Mandate
When Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump momentarily embraced Obamacare’s individual mandate before disavowing it, Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives caught the vapors. But where is conservative outrage over Marco Rubio’s health plan, which actually contains an individual mandate?