Author Archives: Grace-Marie Turner

Far-Reaching Medicare Part B Changes Violate Separation Of Powers — And With CBO’s Blessing

Members of Congress expressed outrage at the Congressional Budget Office during a recent House hearing for assuming that sweeping, untested changes to Medicare will save $34 billion “even before you know what the project is,” Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) said. “There is no cost-benefit analysis, there is no testing done, you don’t even know what […]

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Competition in Medicare Advantage, Part D, and “Extra Help”/ Working together for seniors and taxpayers

Seniors are beginning to get fliers in the mail alerting them to the upcoming open season for enrollment in Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans.  Both programs rely on competition and consumer choice to increase options and hold down costs for seniors.  Open season begins October 15 for those planning to enroll […]

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More Competition is the Best Cure

The most interesting thing about the PR disaster involving Mylan’s life-saving EpiPen is probably the least discussed—namely that drugs don’t cost what people think they do. Faced with a barrage of criticism for EpiPen price hikes, from about $100 in 2009 to more than $600 today, Mylan’s CEO Heather Bresch explains that her company gets less than […]

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Obama Sabotages Obamacare

The ACA and the administration’s whack-a-mole regulations are responsible for double-digit premium increases and for the exodus of insurers from selling individual policies in the ObamaCare exchanges. As health insurers head for the exits, Americans who have been whipsawed by ObamaCare may get whacked again this fall:  First, they were thrown off private plans that […]

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Obamacare Is an Unstable Economic Model

Long-time Obamacare advocate and Aetna chief executive Mark Bertolini created a political earthquake when he announced his company will drastically reduce its individual public exchange participation next year. Similar announcements by United Healthcare, Humana and even some Blues plans show that Obamacare is failing. Those who designed this disastrous government intervention into the marketplace now want more […]

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