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.
There are reasons why states have so much trouble creating a state-based, single-payer health care system. But that doesn't keep California legislators from trying—and failing.
Obamacare has never lived up to Democrats' predictions, but you wouldn't know that from recent media stories about the latest enrollments.
Having effective, easy-to-use treatments for Covid-19 is needed to help us return to normal. It looks like they're here.
Sen. Bernie Sanders wants Medicare to include dental, vision and hearing coverage. Private sector Medicare Advantage plans are already doing so—at no extra cost.
Godfather Don Corleone would be proud of Democrats' offer to "negotiate" the initial price of many new prescription drugs.
Politically, this legislation seems to be animated by a desire to control healthcare costs; in this case making it easier to sue and to collect judgments from healthcare providers.
Biden wants to increase your access to deadly counterfeit drugs even as the DEA is trying to reduce that access.
Future vaccines may be our best preventive medicine option for long-feared diseases. They may even become the preferred treatment option. Let’s hope they won’t be as politicized as the COVID-19 vaccines have, become because the least effective vaccine is the one a person refuses to take.