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.
Important distinction: The right to see any doctor doesn't mean the right to see a doctor soon.
IPI's Merrill Matthews says the GOP-sponsored bill increases bureaucracy, imposes price controls and is not free market.
Overhauling Medicare’s Part D drug benefit would be a colossal — and costly — mistake.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has released his proposed health care plan – and in the process channeled a historic Barack Obama promise that many Americans later discovered to be a lie.
Joe Biden wants a government-run health care system, just like most Democratic presidential candidates, he just plans to bide his time in getting there.
Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) wants to cap seniors' drug costs in Medicare Part D, but not everyone sees positives to that plan.
Imposing back-door price controls is bad news for seniors.
Immigrants may currently be a net asset to the economy, but under the Democratic presidential candidates' proposals they will surely be a net cost.
The HHS proposed reform would do Medicare patients more harm than good. Price controls may save the government money in the short term, but they would slow the rate of medical progress.
Louisiana lawmakers are pushing forward several bills in response to an audit of the state’s Medicaid program which resulted in the removal of 30,000 people from rolls because they earned too much money. Merrill Matthews says Louisiana is doing the right thing by trying to clean up its Medicaid rolls, starting with audits.