Thursday, August 29, 2013

Obamacare's Destructive Impact on Business

Obamacare is likely to exacerbate many of the concerns and costs that are already burdening businesses—particularly small-business owners—in at least four ways.
1. Higher Health Care Costs
2. Employer Mandate
3. Higher Regulation Compliance Costs
4. Medicare Taxes on Flow-Through and Investment Income

Read the complete article by Alyene Senger at The Heritage Foundation.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Has Anyone Asked the Patient?

Non-physician practitioners are gaining the licensing to expand the scope of their work to include more of what has until recently been considered the domain of fully trained and certified physicians. This trend may provide some flexibility in the delivery of care and relieve the doctor shortage. But should patients be obliged, with no choice in the matter, to accept a nurse practitioner as just as good as a physician?

Read the complete article by Howard Hyde at

Sunday, August 25, 2013

ObamaCare Means Whatever Obama Wants It To Mean

On Wednesday, the Nevada AFL-CIO passed a resolution declaring that "the unintended consequences of the ACA will lead to the destruction of the 40-hour work week." That's quite an accomplishment for a "health" "care" "reform" law. But the poor old union heavies who so supported ObamaCare are now reduced to bleating that they should be entitled to the same opt-outs secured by big business and congressional staffers. It's a very strange law whose only defining characteristic is that no one who favors it wants to be bound by it.

Read the complete article by Mark Steyn at Investor's Business Daily.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Health Care Solution: Patients in Command

If patients commanded the resources spent on their behalf, most of the economic problems of health care would be resolved. But the government won't permit that.

Read the complete article by Howard Hyde at

Monday, August 05, 2013

‘Stupid’ ObamaCare Provision Offends America’s Highest Caste: Congress

In effect, ObamaCare throws members of Congress out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (where most members and staff obtain health insurance) and offers them no other choice but to enroll in coverage through one of ObamaCare’s Exchanges. But here’s the kicker: though the federal government currently pays thousands of dollars of the cost of the congresscritters’ FEHBP coverage, neither ObamaCare nor any other federal law authorizes the feds to apply that money toward a congresscritter’s Exchange premiums.

Read the complete article at The Cato Institute.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Hello World! (Especially Ukraine, China, Germany, Russia...)

Over a third of the traffic to this site comes from outside of the United States. Here is the breakdown for the past 30 days:
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Best regards.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Americans for Prosperity Sponsors Message from Union Bosses on Obamacare

Americans for Prosperity, the nation's largest grassroots advocate for economic freedom, printed a full page ad in the Washington Post highlighting quotes from over a half dozen major unions leaders urging reforms and expressing serious concerns and questions about the negative impact of ObamaCare.
Read the complete article at

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Hospital Networks Reject ObamaCare Initiative

Nine major hospital networks just decided they'd had enough of being "Pioneers" for ObamaCare. They withdrew from the health reform law's Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiative, which launched in January 2012 with 32 health systems participating. These ACOs are supposed to integrate doctors, hospitals and other providers into one seamless network that could "coordinate" care for Medicare patients — and in so doing, eliminate waste and control costs. But as these nine casualties illustrate, ACOs are going to fail in that mission. Worse, they'll diminish the quality of care that Medicare patients receive.
Read the complete article by Sally Pipes at Investor's Business Daily.

Defunding Obamacare: Worth a Try

Sometimes lawmakers really should stand for something more important than their own reelection. Obamacare is such a fundamental transformation of the American health-care system, and its consequences for patients, providers, taxpayers, and the economy are so grave, that if this is not an issue that Republicans are willing to lose their jobs over, what is?
Read the complete article at The Cato Institute.