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What Health Spending Would Look Like in 2014 Under Obamacare

By Jeffrey H. Anderson
July 29th, 2011
WeeklyStandard.com 

new report from federal officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) says that Obamacare will increase nationwide health care spending. Particularly interesting are the report’s findings for 2014, the year that’s slated for Obamacare’s grand opening (if the overhaul isn’t repealed first). The report predicts that the growth in health care spending in Obamacare’s real first year (2014) would be 8.3 percent, which is more than double the growth in health care spending (3.9 percent) in the year that Obamacare was passed into law (2010). Again, this is the verdict of government officials working within the Obama administration.  

The report breaks down what it predicts will be “a significant acceleration in the national health spending growth rate in 2014 (8.3 percent, compared to 5.5 percent in 2013)”: 

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ObamaCare’s Imposition Will Lead To An Unhealthy State Of Wellbeing

Piping Up
By Sally Pipes
July 25, 2011
Forbes.com

The federal government has produced yet another study stating the obvious about health care — that having insurance coverage is better than not having it. Yet some wonks are hailing this report from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) as “the most important health-care policy experiment since the 1970s.”

The study focuses on a 2008 Oregon lottery that offered 90,000 people the opportunity to apply for 10,000 slots in the state’s Medicaid program. Economists compared two similar, randomly generated populations: one with access to Medicaid coverage and one without. The researchers concluded that those covered by Medicaid sought more care, had lower out-of-pocket expenses and medical debt, and felt better.

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The Democrats’ Fuzzy Math

By Jeffrey H. Anderson
July 18, 2011
WeeklyStandard.com 

President Obama and the Democrats claim that the Medicare reforms proposed by Paul Ryan and the Republicans would shift the burden of health costs onto the backs of seniors. This has been the central—and essentially the only—argument the Democrats have made against the GOP plan. But the Democrats’ claim is contradicted by four decades’ worth of empirical evidence. 

Under Ryan’s proposal, the government would provide premium support to future seniors (who are now under 55) to help them purchase a private health plan of their choice. Participating insurers would have to cover all comers and couldn’t vary premiums based on health status. The poor would get additional help. The reforms are designed to facilitate competition and choice, without having government bureaucrats ration care.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), however, projects that increasing competition and choice would actually raise costs. While saying it “is hard to predict,” the CBO projects that spending under Ryan’s plan “would grow faster than such spending for the same beneficiary in traditional Medicare.” But experience suggests the opposite.

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By a Margin of 2 to 1, Independents Favor Repeal

 

Government Mandates Make Health Savings More Elusive

"Piping Up"
By Sally Pipes
7-18-2011
Forbes.com

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released some data that show that the digital revolution continues to evade health care.

Through mid-May, just 1,026 registered hospitals and physicians out of a possible 56,599 have demonstrated that they are using electronic medical records and other health information technology in accordance with federal standards. That’s a scant 2%.

The federal government has tried to promote the switch from paper medical records to electronic ones in hopes of improving efficiency and bringing down health costs. It’s even putting money behind the push — some $27 billion over 10 years, or from $44,000 to $63,750 per physician and up to $2 million per hospital.

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Follow The States’ Lead To Better Medicaid

Piping Up
By Sally Pipes
July 11, 2011
Forbes.com 

By any objective measure, Medicaid is a failure. It provides substandard care at an ever increasing cost to taxpayers.

When a Republican Congress and a Democrat president worked together to end another failing program – welfare as we knew it — we achieved something rare in public policy: success. We broke the cycle of dependency, reestablished welfare as the safety net it was meant to be and cut costs significantly.

We can find that same success with Medicaid. Welfare reform provides us with a road map for how to get there, and the states are ready to lead the way.

Under old welfare, federal funding was provided according to a matching funds formula. The more a state spent the more federal dollars it got. There was no incentive for individuals to get off the dole or for states to seek efficiencies.

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