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Does Medicaid improve patient health outcomes?

While Medicaid is a public health insurance program designed to help the most vulnerable populations, it generally fails to meet its good intentions. Thus, reforming the current system ranks a higher priority. Avik Roy, editor and principal author of Forbes’ Apothecary, just released Transcending Obamacare, a lengthy proposal on how states can realistically pivot towards decentralizedContinue Reading

Are North Carolinians paying for other state Medicaid expansions?

This month, the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report assessing the financial impacts of North Carolina’s decision to forgo the Affordable Care Act’s optional Medicaid expansion. Extending eligibility levels of our broken – yes, broken – medical assistance safety net would cost state taxpayers an additional $300 million per year, amountingContinue Reading

What triggers skyrocketing health care costs?

Provider Consolidation. The more market power a hospital has, the more leverage it has over insurance companies – resulting in higher prices for services and higher costs for patients. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina provides a visual of the upward trend of hospital mergers since 2000:   Year 2000:  Year 2014:  

Certificate of Need laws: Outdated legislation that increases health care costs

The Triangle Business Journal recently published an article on the increasing number of surgeries in the local area, due in large part to the aging Baby Boom generation. To meet increased demand, more procedures are being performed in outpatient settings, such as Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs), also known as same-day surgery centers. Outpatient care facilitiesContinue Reading

Healthcare delivered in outpatient settings brings consumer benefits

The Triangle Business Journal has recently published an article on the increasing number of surgeries in the local area  - especially due to the Baby Boom generation. To meet this high demand, more procedures are being performed in focused-factory-like outpatient settings, such as Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). ASCs bring many consumer benefits to the table. Not only do theyContinue Reading

The downside of Obamacare exchange plans

Yesterday’s Kaiser Health News offers a physician’s perspective on the federal health law’s insurance exchanges. On a recent afternoon at his office in Hartford, Conn., Dr. Doug Gerard examines a patient complaining of joint pain. Gerard, an internist, checks her out, asks her a few questions about her symptoms and then orders a few tests beforeContinue Reading

An extensive menu of Obamacare changes

The IRS’s illegal distribution of Obamacare subsidies to federal health insurance exchange policyholders in 36 states is just one of many unilateral changes made to the plain text of the federal health law.  The Galen Institute has updated the law’s ever-growing list of significant changes (some are legal, while most are not). Click here toContinue Reading

More evidence supporting Obamacare subsidy lawsuit plaintiffs

Michael Cannon’s Forbes post this morning shows a video of Jonathan Gruber, a key architect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), saying that only consumers in state exchanges can access subsidized health plans. Read Cannon’s post and see the video for yourself here.  

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