Obamacare (page 2)

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    Obesity itself is not a health problem

    “Everything you know about obesity is wrong.” Whether you believe fat people are failures, skinny people are health, diets work, or exercise will make you thin, it is not necessarily true. Since 1959, research has shown that 95 to 98 percent of attempts to lose weight fail and that…
    Joseph Coletti, September 20, 2018
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    Is the ACA in Trouble?

    That’s the subtitle of a recent Volokh Conspiracy blogpost in which Jonathan Adler discusses an Obamacare challenge that’s currently being litigated in Texas. Adler’s no fan of the Affordable Care Act. Nevertheless, as far as this particular challenge is concerned, in Adler’s view the answer is decidely, “No”:…
    Jon Guze, September 7, 2018
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    ACA back in court

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) faces its latest challenge in court today. Twenty state attorneys general are bringing a suit against the federal government, asking a north Texas judge to halt the enforcement of the law beginning Jan. 1st of 2019.
    Jordan Roberts, September 5, 2018
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    Medicaid expansion cuts health spending on poor children

    Alyssia Finley explains the perverse consequences of Medicaid expansion‘s higher federal payments for single working-age adults in Medicaid expansion compared to traditional recipients like children in low-income families and people with disabilities. What seems to have happened is this: Recall that for the pre-ObamaCare Medicaid populations—those disabled and sick…
    Joseph Coletti, July 26, 2018
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    Nobody needs to be coerced to get better results

    Employer-provided health insurance shields workers from the cost of care and the cost of insurance, distorting the market for health care in two ways. Large premium increases also take money that could have gone to wages. In spite of these harms, most medium-sized and large employers provided insurance to their…
    Joseph Coletti, July 9, 2018
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    ObamaCare health insurance exchanges aren’t working well

    “Half of the people who sign up for Obamacare (ACA) get a flurry of medical care, then drop out before a year is over,” Stanford economist John Cochrane writes in summary on a new working paper. “They can always sign up again if they need to. People who…
    Joseph Coletti, June 5, 2018
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    Surprising news on opioids

    Could opioids actually have a positive effect on work? In a new working paper, “U.S. Employment and Opioids: Is There a Connection?” respected health economist Janet Currie and others find, “[A]lthough they are addictive and dangerous, opioids may allow some women to work who would otherwise leave the labor…
    Joseph Coletti, March 26, 2018
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    The wrong response to an ailing Obamacare

    Doug Badger, Marie Fishpaw, and Michael Needham warn at National Review Online that congressional Republicans seem poised to take the wrong action in addressing the flawed Affordable Care Act. Since late last year, GOP leaders have been planning to pump tens of billions of dollars’ worth of new…
    Mitch Kokai, February 6, 2018