Author Archives: Doug Badger

CBO Is Wrong And Its Numbers Shouldn’t Deter Needed Reform

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) launched its latest mistaken Obamacare-related estimate this week, predicting that a House-passed bill to repeal and replace the embattled law would lead to 23 million more uninsured people by 2026. Although CBO itself acknowledges that this latest prediction is “especially uncertain,” one thing is especially certain: CBO is wrong. We […]

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Medicaid Per Capita Caps: When Democrats Supported and Republicans Opposed Them, 1995–1997

by Doug Badger ABSTRACT: Congressional Republicans have called for restructuring Medicaid, reviving a debate that has largely remained dormant for two decades. During the mid-1990s, Congress and President Clinton advanced competing Medicaid reform proposals. Republicans urged that the federal government issue Medicaid block grants to states. The White House and congressional Democrats proposed instead to […]

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CBO’s Alternate Facts about Obamacare

Millions may lose coverage next year if Congress does not repeal Obamacare. That’s not what this week’s Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis says, but it is reality. CBO’s estimating models seem impervious to reality. In the real world, the Obamacare exchanges are in crisis, millions of uninsured people willingly pay or avoid IRS penalties, and consumers struggle with rising […]

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The Rand Paul Bill Is Worse Than Obamacare

By Doug Badger and Grace-Marie Turner House Republicans are expected to roll out their highly anticipated bill to repeal and replace Obamacare this week, but a more obscure measure introduced by Rand Paul (R-KY) is gaining attention and should not escape notice. Paul, who has positioned himself as a leading conservative critic of the forthcoming […]

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