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William J. Dennis, National Federation of Independent Business Research Foundation
Mon, 2011-07-25

"Twenty (20) percent of small employers currently offering expect to significantly change their benefit package and/ or their employees’ premium cost-share the next time they renew their health insurance plans. Almost all significant changes expected involve a decrease in benefits, an increase in employee cost-share, or both. Since enactment, one in eight (12%) small employers have either had their health insurance plans terminated or been told that their plan would not be available in the future. Plan elimination is the first major consequence of PPACA that small-business owners likely feel."

Gary Lawson, The Heritage Foundation
Mon, 2011-07-25

"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is not so much a set of norms to regulate conduct as an authorization to administrators to produce norms to regulate conduct. Implementation of the Act will require many years and literally thousands of administrative regulations that will determine its substantive content and coverage. Under current law, those regulations will be promulgated through so-called informal rulemaking procedures, which offer very limited opportunities for public input."

Richard V. Burkhauser, Sean Lyons & Kosali Simo, Employment Policies Institute
Thu, 2011-07-21

"In our most dynamic case, when all covered employees are compensated in higher wages to offset their payment of the full ESI premium in order that some will be able to take full advantage of an affordable coverage rule that is broadly interpreted to mean affordable family coverage, we estimate that the movement of workers out of ESI and into exchange-based coverage will: 1) overwhelm the number of workers moving into ESI by currently uninsured workers in large firms due to the mandates; 2) cause the provision of health care insurance to working Americans to become more sharply segregated based on family income; and 3) cost taxpayers up to $5 billion dollars in gross subsidies for every one million workers who switch from being an ESI main policy holder to receiving subsidized exchange coverage, all else equal.

James Sherk, The Heritage Foundation
Tue, 2011-07-19

"Private-sector job creation initially recovered from the recession at a normal rate, leading to predictions last year of a 'Recovery Summer.' Since April 2010, however, net private-sector job creation has stalled. Within two months of the passage of Obamacare, the job market stopped improving. This suggests that businesses are not exaggerating when they tell pollsters that the new health care law is holding back hiring. The law significantly raises business costs and creates considerable uncertainty about the future. To encourage hiring, Congress should repeal ObamaCare."

Scott Gottlieb, Testimony before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Wed, 2011-07-13

"The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) was created based on the premise that decisions about the pricing of health benefits offered by Medicare are simply too contentious to be adequately handled by our present political system. But these decisions are precisely the kinds of consequential choices that should be subject to close public scrutiny and an open, rigorous, and transparent decision-making process that engages with Medicare's stakeholders. Changes to the way Medicare pays for and covers medical services affect too many people in significant ways to be made behind the closed doors of an insulated committee."

Grace-Marie Turner, The Galen Institute
Wed, 2011-07-06

"Clearly, the IPAB is unprecedented in the power given to unelected officials to direct hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending. The IPAB will give unelected, unaccountable government appointees the power to make decisions about payment policy in Medicare that will ultimately determine whether millions of seniors have access to the care they need."

John R. Graham, Pacific Research Institute
Tue, 2011-07-05

"ObamaCare creates incentives for state and federal politicians and bureaucrats to exert direct control over the premiums of health plans. However, because health plans largely pass through costs from medical providers, artificially limiting increases in premiums cannot actually result in lower health costs. Instead, it results in reduced access to care and threatens the solvency of health plans. ObamaCare also introduces at least five critical uncertainties that make it difficult to estimate future medical costs accurately, and suggest that Obamacare will be much more disruptive to health insurance than the Administration has advertised."

Tomas J. Philipson & Eric Sun, Manhattan Institute
Tue, 2011-06-28

"Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) measures the effects of different drugs or other treatments on a population, with the goal of finding out which ones produce the greatest benefits for the most patients... The 2009 federal stimulus law allocated $1 billion for CER programs, and the 2010 health-care overhaul created an institute to promote CER and disseminate the results of this research to doctors and payers... Our results suggest that CER will not fulfill its promise unless it is implemented differently by researchers and understood differently by policymakers. Simply put, seeking the treatment that is most effective on average will not improve health or save money."

Shubham Singhal, Jeris Stueland, & Drew Ungerman, McKinsey Quarterly
Wed, 2011-06-01

"Our research suggests that when employers become more aware of the new economic and social incentives embedded in the law and of the option to restructure benefits beyond dropping or keeping them, many will make dramatic changes. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that only about 7 percent of employees currently covered by employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) will have to switch to subsidized-exchange policies in 2014. However, our early-2011 survey of more than 1,300 employers across industries, geographies, and employer sizes, as well as other proprietary research, found that reform will provoke a much greater response."

Paul Winfree, The Heritage Foundation
Tue, 2011-05-24

"One of the key components of ObamaCare, tax subsidies to purchase federally approved health insurance, will substantially increase the number of people who are not paying for government services and thus have a lower incentive to be concerned about record-breaking government spending. These tax subsidies, which take effect in 2014, will also harm the economy by increasing the national deficit and by creating huge marginal tax rates that will discourage productivity for many households. Obamacare’s tax subsidies are one of the primary reasons to repeal Obamacare."

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