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Brian Blase, The Heritage Foundation
Thu, 2011-03-17

"On its one-year anniversary, Obamacare’s unpopularity is growing. Its hodgepodge of mandates and regulations have reduced competition in health insurance markets and increased the cost of coverage. Overall, Obamacare has increased government control of Americans’ health care choices and limited consumer choice. The more than 1,000 waivers already granted tacitly acknowledge that Obamacare’s 'benefits' are not worth its costs. Congress should replace Obamacare with consumer-focused reforms and sensible changes in health care entitlement programs."

Brian Blase & John S. Hoff, The Heritage Foundation
Wed, 2011-03-16

"Among Obamacare’s hundreds of pages was tucked a new government-run long-term care program, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Program. CLASS was poorly designed, and actuaries criticized it as being unsustainable well before the passage of ObamaCare. It appears from three recent congressional appearances by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that the Obama Administration has caught up with the actuarial analysis."

Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., The Heritage Foundation
Mon, 2011-03-14

"But over the past two years, ordinary Americans have come to realize that Washington’s political class—the politicians and their staffs and the armies of lawyers and lobbyists and consultants that intermingle with them routinely—really have become distant from them in mind and heart; they have become disconnected in so many ways. That mental and emotional distance had become glaringly evident on many topics, such as record spending and deficits, but none so clearly as in the long and bitter national debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), the new national health care law."

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, American Action Forum
Wed, 2011-03-09

"The ACA contains insurance reforms, medical device taxes, pharmaceutical fees, and insurance company fees that will raise the cost of insurance for millions of individuals, small businesses and households. This analysis suggests that the insurance tax in isolation will raise premiums by roughly 3 percent. An important topic for future research is to perform similar analyses for the other cost-raising aspects of the ACA in order to assess the overall pressure on premiums."

Michael S. Greve, American Enterprise Institute
Tue, 2011-03-01

"Recent district court decisions have fueled speculation over what the Supreme Court will do about ObamaCare if and when one of the challenges to the law's 'individual mandate' arrives on the justices' doorstep. Largely unnoticed amidst the agitation, though, cases that will have profound effects on ObamaCare's future are already pending before the Court. They involve enormous amounts of money, and they have powerful implications for the implementation of the criminally misnamed 'Affordable Care Act.' The justices will get these cases right, to good effect."

Grace-Marie Turner, The Galen Institute
Fri, 2011-02-25

"The negative consequences of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act already are cascading through the health sector, with millions of Americans in states across the country learning that their health insurers have withdrawn from the market, making it increasingly difficult for them to find affordable coverage."

Charles Blahous, e21: Economic Policies for the 21st Century
Thu, 2011-02-17

"Few have been discussing the fact that last year’s health care law will increase gross federal debt and thus accelerate the speed at which we will approach the statutory debt limit in the future. As elected officials wrestle with these two contentious issues (health care and the debt limit) it seems reasonable to set a minimum policy goal that last year’s health care law be modified so that it at least not worsen the statutory debt outlook."

Paul Howard, Manhattan Institute
Wed, 2011-02-16

"Beginning in 2014, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law in March 2010, is expected to significantly extend health-insurance coverage in New York by increasing Medicaid enrollment and offering federal subsidies for the purchase of private health insurance. However, there is no guarantee that the newly insured will be able to access the health-care system in a timely fashion as new demand for services outstrips physician supply."

Douglas Holtz-Eakin & Michael Ramlet, American Action Forum
Wed, 2011-02-16

"The Obama Administration’s healthcare proposals continue to rob Peter to pay Paul with dangerous consequences for the America’s healthcare system. First, the President failed to address the Medicare physician reimbursement problem with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Now the President is proposing a two year doc fix that shifts care access problems from the elderly to the poor, undermines drug innovation, and further relies on unproven cost savings that will likely just add to the federal budget deficit."

Scott Gottlieb, American Enterprise Institute
Wed, 2011-02-16

"The Obama administration envisions accountable care organizations (ACOs) as the drivers of health care innovation, but such innovation has historically come from entrepreneurs in the private sector. ACOs offer financial incentives to cut costs, but this means restricting patient choice and limiting the use of some expensive care. The ACO concept is not new. Similar ideas have been tried before, but they failed because they were unable to control costs or manage medical risk."

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