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.
Flaws in Obamacare helping impede Medicaid efforts
Doctors participating in Oklahoma's Medicaid plan — and all other states' Medicaid plans — face another problem, as pointed out by Dr. Merrill Matthews: Doctors who accept Medicaid patients could face a 24 percent cut in reimbursements beginning Jan. 1 — all thanks to Obamacare.
Four Reasons Why Obamacare Will Fail No Matter What Its Website Does
A closer look at the uninsured numbers raises real questions about just how many people will participate.
Physician Plots Escape From 'Obamacare Noose'
IPI's Matthews noted Obamacare's expected 24 percent cut in Medicaid reimbursements coming Jan. 1. That issue has reared its head repeatedly, and each time Congress has stepped in to fix it by spending more money, but that can’t continue forever, he said.
Doctors Face A 24% Pay Cut In Both Medicare And Medicaid Reimbursements
It’s yet another unforeseen consequence of Obamacare. And unless Congress acts, we’re likely to see a huge exodus of doctors who will not accept either Medicare or Medicaid patients.
When Will The Government Start Forcing Doctors To See Obamacare Patients?
Patient access to doctors is approaching a perfect storm of decreased physician supply, more demand for medical care—especially after Obamacare kicks in—and doctors increasingly refusing to see low-paying Medicare or Medicaid patients. If the “promise” of Obamacare’s access to health care is to be kept, government will eventually have to force doctors to accept Obamacare-covered patients.
Obamacare Has A Honey Pot To Buy Insurance Company Support, And Obama Will Need It
HHS plans to open up the money spigots if that’s what it takes to get the insurers on board in a last ditch effort to make the president’s health care law work.
Congress tries to lower drug costs, raises premiums instead
If regulators seem confused about how to implement a health care program as vast and sweeping as ObamaCare, maybe, just maybe, it’s because they know how badly they’ve bungled smaller and simpler health care reform efforts—especially a particular drug discount program.
Five takeaways from the presidential apology tour
President Obama held a press conference Thursday to apologize, yet again, for all the problems with the Obamacare rollout. Even if it demonstrated the president hasn’t learned much, here are five things the rest of us have learned.
Healthcare Policy Expert Matthews Available for Analysis Following President Obama's Press Conference on ACA
Matthews predicted the day before the website was launched that Obamacare could, ironically, result in increasing the number of uninsured. With not even 27,000 Americans signed up in the federal health care exchange, and with over 5 million policy cancellations, Matthews’ prediction appears to be all too accurate.
New Mental Health Mandate Will Make Obamacare More Expensive, Increase Fraud And Canceled Policies
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced new regulations mandating health insurers cover mental and behavioral health to the same extent they cover physical health care. So while Obamacare is driving up the cost of a policy for many Americans by 50 percent to 100 percent, the new mental health rules will make coverage even more expensive.
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