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For all of the quality care it delivers, the U.S. health care system is one of the most dysfunctional sectors of the U.S. economy.  The government spends nearly 50 cents of every dollar spent on health care, most consumers are almost entirely insulated from the cost of their decisions, and employers decide what kind of health insurance their employees get.

But while the U.S. health care system begs for reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act only exacerbates all of the current problems, promising to devolve into a price-controlled system rationed and micromanaged by bureaucrats.

IPI believes there are much better options: reform the tax treatment of health insurance; remove the state and federal mandates and regulations that make coverage more expensive; pass medical liability reform; and promote policies that create value-conscious shoppers in the health care marketplace.

October 24, 2017

Obamacare Titanic Is Sinking; Republicans Look for a Pail to Bail


Obamacare is the policy equivalent of the Titanic, taking on water and sinking fast. The Alexander-Murray bill is simply a bailout effort, and some Republicans are looking for a pail. 

October 20, 2017

West Wing Reads for 10/20/2017


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Regarding healthcare, the Institute For Policy Innovation’s Merrill Matthews writes in The Wall Street Journal that President Trump’s recent executive order to “expand health-insurance options for individuals battered by exploding premiums and fleeing insurers” represents “progress” on health care, but says Congress still needs to act in order to give Americans relief from Obamacare.

October 19, 2017

The Limits of Trump's Health-Care Order


Give President Trump an A for effort with his latest executive order, which tries to expand health-insurance options for individuals battered by exploding premiums and fleeing insurers. 

October 17, 2017

A Post-Constitution America


Today, the left and the media attack a president who chooses to follow the Constitution because to them constitutional limitations don't matter when they become a barrier to their progressive vision.

October 11, 2017

Trump's Healthcare Executive Order Could Destabilize Already Fragile Market


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

To be sure, the scope of Trump's executive order remains to be seen, and there are some who hold that concerns over insurance market bifurcation are overblown. "It's an overstated risk," said Merrill Matthews, resident scholar and health policy expert at the Institute for Policy Innovation. Most Americans get insurance through their employers, Medicare and Medicaid, and Obamacare enrollees who get generous subsidies may decide to stay there. "You're really only talking about the individual market," he said.

October 10, 2017

Obamacare Hasn't Expanded Individual Health Coverage


After years of Democratic-imposed political and health insurance turmoil, the individual health coverage hasn't changed. 

September 26, 2017

Trump Should End Obamacare Subsidy Payments Now


President Trump put an Obamacare constitutional problem on hold hoping Republicans would fix it. They didn’t, and it’s time to return to the Constitution.

September 19, 2017

Prediction: Congress the Exception in 'Medicare-for-all'


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

A so-called Medicare-For-All plan continues to add left-wing supporters on Capitol Hill but a right-wing critic suspects they wouldn't be part of it.

September 17, 2017

Dems Force 'Medicare for All' On Americans But Exempt Themselves


Having destroyed the private health insurance market, Democrats have a new target in their sights: Medicare. Just don’t expect any of them to be part of the system they would force everyone else to be in.

September 14, 2017

Texas' Drop in Uninsured May Not Last


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

"They did achieve a decline in the uninsured, but they did it in the worst possible way," said Merrill Matthews. Matthews said he also thinks merely reporting uninsured rates does not tell the whole story as many who gained insurance have been unable to use it because of high deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs they cannot afford.

 

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