Health care

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    Telemedicine Working Faster Than The Government To Improve Health Care Access

    This week, the Senate failed to get the 50 votes necessary to pass part one of the GOP’s three-pronged strategy to reform the U.S. health insurance system. The push isn’t necessarily over yet, but the struggle is real. While the Congressional majority has good intentions of restoring more health freedom…
    Katherine Restrepo, July 20, 2017
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    A vote on Obamacare repeal

    David Drucker reports for the Washington Examiner on the politics surrounding a proposed vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., aims to send a message to the Republicans he leads: After four elections and seven years of promising to repeal Obamacare, it’s…
    Mitch Kokai, July 20, 2017
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    Asking the wrong health care reform questions

    Max Bloom writes at National Review Online that the national health care debate omits critical questions. Suppose it strikes you as fundamentally irrational that a 25-year-old should take the risk of paying several thousand dollars or more (or, in the highly unlikely but possible worst case, maybe tens…
    Mitch Kokai, July 19, 2017
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    Do nothing, and health care will bankrupt America

    Brian Riedl of the Manhattan Institute makes that argument for U.S. News and World Report. After doubling to $20 trillion since 2009, the national debt is now projected to soar to an unfathomable $92 trillion over the next 30 years. At that point, depending on interest rates, between…
    Mitch Kokai, July 17, 2017
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    States Should Have More Control Over Their Medicaid Programs, Not Washington

    As some members of the Congressional GOP are trying to put states back in charge over their private health insurance markets (for the most part), others also have a vision to grant states more flexibility and responsibility over Medicaid, the state-federal program that offers medical assistance to low-income children, parents, pregnant…
    Katherine Restrepo, July 14, 2017
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    Health insurers fleeing Obamacare exchanges

    Ali Meyer of the Washington Free Beacon reports on the latest data surrounding Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges. The number of health insurers applying to participate in the Obamacare exchanges has declined 38 percent since last year, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…
    Mitch Kokai, July 13, 2017
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    Evidence can’t always inform policy

    Oren Cass, writing in National Affairs, articulates some of  the difficulties in basing policy on evidence, and includes examples from the Oregon health insurance experiment, the stimulus effect on unemployment, and other challenges of deciding what counts as evidence. I learned some of these lessons while leading the NC Government…
    Joseph Coletti, July 12, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports on the ongoing debate over mental health service management in North Carolina. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights new evidence that deregulation boosts economic growth.
    Mitch Kokai, July 12, 2017