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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.

June 2, 2017

The News Only Gets Worse for Obamacare and Democrats


It is becoming extremely difficult to disguise or defend the Affordable Care Act's collapsing individual health insurance marketplace, but that isn't keeping the left from trying. ObamaCare defenders now claim that premiums are rising because Trump won't guarantee to pay insurers certain subsidies for covering low-income people.

May 25, 2017

Research and Commentary: State High Risk Pools for Health Insurance


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Merrill Matthews of the Institute for Policy Innovation examined state high-risk pools and determined what made certain state pools successful. 

May 25, 2017

Report Says Bill Leaves 51 Million Uninsured in 2026


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

The American Health Care Act is now in the Senate’s hands, and Wednesday’s score will inform senators’ work as they draft their own version of the bill, experts say.

May 25, 2017

Different Sides See CBO Report Differently


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Merrill Matthews, resident scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation, said Wednesday that "Republicans will think they dodged the bullet with this. They will feel it could have been worse."

May 25, 2017

CBO: 23 Million Would Lose Health Insurance Under House Health Care Bill


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Just ahead of the report's release, the Institute for Policy Innovation issued a statement reacting to yet another health insurer's decision to pull out of Obamacare. "Democrats sold Obamacare as a way to expand access to health insurance and lower the costs. Just the opposite is happening," said Merrill Matthews, IPI resident scholar. "What we are seeing is a collapse of the individual insurance market."

May 24, 2017

BCBS Kansas City Joins Growing List of Insurers Pulling Out of ACA


Today, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City announced it will join a long and quickly growing list of health insurers that have concluded Democrats and President Obama had no idea how to reform the health insurance system when they imposed the Affordable Care Act on the country. 

May 22, 2017

Publication Examines Health Care 'Price Transparency' Efforts: Widespread Challenges, Selective Solutions


In a new publication, “Selective Transparency: Transparency Efforts Obscure Real Health Care Pricing Issues,” IPI's Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., and CMPI's Peter Pitts examine the challenge consumers face in discovering prices in every sector of the health care system—not just prescription drugs.

May 19, 2017

Republican Reform of Healthcare Would Be Good For Texans


The AHCA's provisions will lead to lower health insurance premiums while protecting people with preexisting conditions. And should Texas take advantage of the AHCA’s opt-out provision, we could see the return of a functioning individual health insurance market, where individuals have a wide range of affordable coverage options.

May 18, 2017

Selective Transparency


by Merrill Matthews, Peter J. Pitts

Calls for more "price transparency" have tended to be selective. But access to prices is a problem throughout the health care system, and many "solutions" do nothing but exacerbate the problem.

May 16, 2017

Obamacare's Coverage Expansion Isn't What We're Told


Obamacare supporters say it has vastly expanded private health insurance, but new government numbers tell a different story.

 

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