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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.

December 4, 2017

Alarming Medicare Part B Overhaul Plan Reduces Drug Choice, Access


In a new publication, “Budgets First, Patients Last: MedPAC's Plan to Undermine Medicare Part B's Drug Benefit,” Matthews says MedPAC’s proposed changes to Medicare Part B’s prescription drug reimbursement plan would put patients' lives at risk by reducing access to care, especially for the sickest and most vulnerable patients — a substantial segment of Medicare’s Part B drug program.

December 1, 2017

Budgets First, Patients Last


The Medicare Part B prescription drug program works reasonably well, providing some of the sickest patients with access to the newest and most innovative drugs. Now MedPAC wants to change it, and not for the better.

December 1, 2017

End the Individual Mandate


Ending the mandate would allow people in the individual market who do not receive the taxpayer subsidies to find an affordable policy.

November 27, 2017

GOP Waffling on Most Egregious Tax Increase on Americans - Obamacare's Individual Mandate


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

“And if both the premium and the penalty are considered a tax, the mandate becomes the largest tax increase in U.S. history. And that doesn't include all of the other taxes imposed by the legislation," reported Merrill Matthews in Forbes.

November 16, 2017

Giovanetti: Passage of Tax Bill Major Step Towards "Right Kind" of Tax Reform


IPI commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passing sweeping legislation towards significant tax reform that would benefit the U.S. economy and the middle class.

November 14, 2017

Media Advisory: Matthews Available to Discuss Senate Inclusion of Individual Mandate Repeal in Tax Bill


Reports confirm the Senate has the votes to include a repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate in its tax bill, which is not only a good step for health insurance reform, but also helps pay for tax reform.

November 9, 2017

Pay for Tax Reform by Ending ObamaCare Insurance Mandate


A strong economy — not government mandates and penalties — is the best way to increase the number of people with private health insurance.

November 6, 2017

When Obamacare Costs More Than Leasing A Rolls-Royce


Thanks to ObamaCare, a family health insurance policy bought on the health insurance exchange can cost the same or more than leasing a 2017 Bentley, Aston Martin, McLaren or even a Rolls-Royce. 

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.

 

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