Author Archives: Grace-Marie Turner

A misfire from the circular firing squad

An early ObamaCare program already is running out of money, and the president has decided to close it to new enrollment, leaving tens of thousands of people who were expecting help out in the cold.  The House of Representatives is expected to vote next week on legislation that would extend this safety net, and it […]

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Budget Summary — Obama’s “One Percent” Solution

By Chris Jacobs According to the Congressional Budget Office’s most recent baselines, the federal government will spend a total of $6.87 trillion on Medicare and $4.36 trillion on Medicaid over the next ten years – that’s $11.2 trillion total, not even counting additional state spending on Medicaid.  Yet President Obama’s budget, released today, contains net deficit savings of only […]

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Do’s and Don’ts of Improving State Medicaid Programs

Across the country, state legislatures are considering whether and how to implement Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.  Ten simple reasons illustrate why states should reject Obamacare’s government-centric expansion and instead develop their own innovative solutions.  Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion harms states  Medicaid is “Not a Jobs Program:”  Former Obama administration official Zeke Emanuel wrote in a New York […]

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Haislmaier: Arkansas Deal is a Dud

Administration Rules Out “Deals” on Medicaid Expansion By Edmund Haislmaier, The Heritage Foundation     Last Friday afternoon, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a short frequently asked questions (FAQ) document that should remove any remaining belief that the federal government will give state lawmakers flexibility on the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. The message is clear: […]

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Colluding capitalism under ObamaCare

In yet another example of the “colluding capitalism” that will propagate under ObamaCare, The Washington Examiner uncovers an example of the growing scandal of waste and abuse in spending under the health law.  The piece is entitled: “Groups led by inside trader, child abuser got Obamacare co-op loans.” It begins: Federal officials approved Obamacare loans […]

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KHN: Death Rates Rise at Rural Hospitals

Jordan Rau of Kaiser Health News writes about a new study showing death rates are rising at rural hospitals, and Medicare’s prop-up payments aren’t helping. For 15 years, Congress has bestowed special privileges to some small remote hospitals, usually in rural areas, to help them stay afloat. Medicare pays them more than it pays most hospitals […]

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