Health care (page 2)

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    The ‘bitter authoritarian pill’ of expanding Medicare

    Wesley Smith uses a National Review Online column to pan the proposed “Medicare for all.” The newly filed 120-page “Medicare for All Act of 2019,” authored by Pramila Jayapal (D, Wash.), already has 106 co-sponsors — nearly half of the Democratic caucus — and it seeks to yank…
    Mitch Kokai, March 12, 2019
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    Prices in health care

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online probes the problems caused by an absence of prices in health care. The Trump administration is considering a rule that would require doctors and hospitals to disclose the rates they negotiate with insurance companies, a step toward establishing something that is sorely…
    Mitch Kokai, March 12, 2019
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    Trump admin considering mandate for more healthcare price transparency

    The Trump administration is weighing whether to require hospitals, doctors and other healthcare providers to disclose negotiated rates with insurers. According to the Wall Street Journal: Mandating public disclosure of the rates would upend a longstanding industry practice and put…
    Jordan Roberts, March 8, 2019
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    As expected, Gov. Cooper’s budget includes funding for Medicaid expansion

        As expected, Governor Cooper has included funding for Medicaid Expansion in his newly proposed recommended budget. FY 2019 would require a total of $2.1 billion in funding while the number almost doubles in FY 2020 totaling nearly $4.2 billion. 90% of Medicaid expansion costs are paid for…
    Jordan Roberts, March 6, 2019
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    JLF Research Brief: Medicaid Expansion and Health Care Costs: Lessons From Colorado

    John Locke Foundation’s Health Care Policy Analyst Jordan Roberts writes: Gov. Roy Cooper and Medicaid expansion supporters agree that the amount of uncompensated care is what is driving skyrocketing hospital prices. But is that accurate? Let’s consider the relationship between the cost of care and health insurance. Many variables determine…
    Anna Manning, March 6, 2019
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    Significant number of Democrats want to ban private insurance

    If you like your health insurance, tough. That’s the message some congressional Democrats are sending, as Haris Alic of the Washington Free Beacon reports. A radical new health care proposal that, if implemented, would ban private insurance coverage has garnered the endorsement of more than 100 members of…
    Mitch Kokai, March 6, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a state Appeals Court ruling against government retirees that could have a major impact for the State Health Plan’s budget. John Hood’s Daily Journal urges N.C. policymakers not to backslide on teacher pay reform.
    Mitch Kokai, March 6, 2019
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    Vaccinations Do Not Cause Autism!

    That’s the conclusion of a study published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study reports the results of following 657, 461 Danish children from 1999 to 2013. From the Abstract: Danish population registries were used to link information on MMR vaccination, autism diagnoses, other childhood…
    Jon Guze, March 5, 2019