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My turn: How Obamacare will kill job-based plans

Americans aren’t all that optimistic about Obamacare, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll: Fifty-seven percent say the law isn’t working as planned. That number will shoot even higher if employer health insurance vanishes, as an S&P Capital IQ report predicts. The financial-research firm forecasts that 90 percent of Americans who now have employer-sponsored […]

My turn: Employer mandate delayed, but Obamacare destruction goes on

Some 60 percent of Americans — nearly 160 million people — get insurance through their jobs. Thanks to Obamacare, that number is about to nosedive. The president’s signature law is hiking the cost of health insurance for American businesses of all sizes. They’re responding by dumping coverage for workers, spouses, and retirees. Even though the […]

My turn: It’s hard out there for a doctor

America’s doctor shortage is quickly becoming a crisis. No less than 14 states have introduced legislation or created new programs to deal with the problem. The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that the country is currently short 20,000 doctors. Over the next decade, that number could quintuple. And Obamacare is only making things worse. […]

My Turn: Abuse of drug discount program corrosive crony capitalism

Federal lawmakers are constantly tinkering with the healthcare market. Often, these invasions have perverse consequences. Indeed, one federal initiative designed to provide poor Americans with discounted drugs has morphed into an ungainly operation fattening the bottom lines of pharmacies and hospitals. Enacted in 1992, the “340B” program requires drug companies to provide steep discounts on […]

My turn: Employer mandate a recipe for unemployment

Walmart just announced that it will not offer health insurance to new employees who work less than 30 hours a week. It’s reserved the right to do the same for existing workers. For these new policies, Walmart’s employees can thank Obamacare. The federal health reform law’s “employer mandate” requires companies with over 50 employees to […]

My turn: States looking to exchange Obamacare’s insurance exchanges

The next act in the Obamacare saga is about to begin — and it’s going to be tragic. Dec. 14 marks the deadline for states to reveal their plans for constructing insurance exchanges in line with the healthcare law’s dictates. Many are opting out — leaving the federal government to set up exchanges for them. […]

My turn: Just say no to ACOs

Say hello to Obamacare’s latest technocratic gimmick — the Accountable Care Organization (ACO). The first of these federally-chartered Pioneer ACO groups of healthcare providers just recently launched. Proponents of ACOs claim that the new entities will help doctors and hospitals better coordinate care in order to improve the health of Medicare patients and reduce costs. […]

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