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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.

August 25, 2020

Would a Democrat Have Managed the Pandemic Better?

Despite all of the Democratic claims of pandemic competence, there is little reason to think that the party could have handled the virus any better.

August 20, 2020

Fact-shaming Michelle Obama's DNC Speech

In her emotion-driven speech to the virtual Democratic National Convention, Obama made several claims that are at best misleading. And if the media won’t do its job in pointing out these contradictions, others have to. 

August 11, 2020

Coalition Letter Opposing President Donald Trump's Recent "Most Favored Nation" Executive Order

In a coalition letter the signers urge President Trump to apply the same successful, deregulatory, market-based approach that he has championed in other policy areas to health care.

August 4, 2020

Covid-19 Proves Patents and Competition Are Compatible

The race to create a Covid-19 vaccine and treatment is proving that drug company patents do not stifle competition—they only stifle copying.

July 24, 2020

IPI Opposes IPI: Problems with a Prescription Drug Pricing Index

IPI urges the Trump administration to forbear importing the price controls of socialist health care systems to the U.S.

July 21, 2020

The Best Outcome in the Hospital Price-Disclosure Wars

President Trump is trying to force hospital price transparency. The real solution is for hospitals to set one price for each service, disclose it and stick with it.

June 30, 2020

Biden Links End of Obamacare with COVID-19

Joe Biden is warning that people could lose their health insurance in a U.S. Supreme Court case but an analyst points out the Obama-Biden administration wrecked coverage for millions.

June 30, 2020

Ending Obamacare Won't End Health Care Coverage

Concerns that the Supreme Court could overture Obamacare, creating more uninsured in a pandemic, are largely overblown.

June 18, 2020

Responding to the Coronavirus Crisis and Building a Stronger Health Sector for the Future

An open letter to the American people from 75 participants in the Health Policy Consensus Group and other health care leaders providing important guidance to policymakers following lessons learned from the coronavirus crisis, especially the imperative for greater flexibility in our health sector.

June 16, 2020

Why All the Handwringing Over a COVID-19 Vaccine's Effectiveness?

Before we demand that a COVID-19 vaccine "prevents" contracting the disease in all cases, consider the flu vaccine.

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