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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 25, 2019

Health Care Price Transparency Won't Take Off Until Patients, Rather Than Government, Demand It

We agree that health care needs price transparency, and it will come if and when health care consumers, rather than government, demand it.

June 18, 2019

Five Cheers for Trump's Latest Health Care Initiative

President Obama boasted he wanted to increase individuals' access to affordable health coverage. President Trump may have just accomplished Obama's goal.

June 4, 2019

Senator Cornyn's Bureaucracy Empowerment Act

Senators John Cornyn and Richard Blumenthal want to control prescription drug prices by empowering bureaucracy. When has that ever worked?

May 30, 2019

Sunburn - The Morning Read of What's Hot in Florida Politics - 5.30.19

“From a political standpoint, it is foolish to push importation. If deaths occur, the politician who promoted it will take the blame,” said Merrill Matthews, a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation.

May 29, 2019

Protecting Pharmaceutical Patents Is Critical to Our Health

Sen. John Cornyn's legislation that attempts to address problems he sees with the patent protections afforded to American drug companies overreaches and would limit the ability of pharmaceutical firms to develop and improve medicines. 

May 8, 2019

HHS Rule Fails to Illuminate Complex Drug Pricing Schemes

A new Health and Human Services rule requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose list prices for medications in commercial advertisements is unlikely to boost price transparency for consumers. In fact, it may create even more confusion.

May 7, 2019

Democrats' Hope to Put 1 Million People Out of Work

Democrats' Medicare for All legislation could put a million private sector employees out of a job, which has been a decades-old goal.

May 6, 2019

Price Controls on Drugs Limit Access More Than Price

If lawmakers want to cut drug spending without leaving patients in the lurch, they’d be wise to foster more competition in the drug marketplace. Price controls are more about limiting access than price.

May 1, 2019

Texas AG Files New Brief in Planned Parenthood Lawsuit

"Planned Parenthood reportedly received about $1.5 billion in taxpayer dollars between 2013-15, most of it from the Medicaid program,” said Dr. Merrill Matthews. “While federal law prohibits that money from being used to provide abortion services, money is fungible. It can be used to pay many of the fixed expenses, freeing up other monies to provide abortion services. Attorney General Paxton's effort to defund Planned Parenthood simply recognizes that financial relationship,” Matthews said.

May 1, 2019

States Seek to Strike Obamacare Rule from Federal Regulations Code

Eight states are asking a court to strike an Obamacare rule they say violates their authority to protect the judgment and conscience rights of medical professionals.

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