BY ROSS KAMINSKY | Dean Clancy is a senior policy fellow at Americans for Prosperity and a Paragon Health Institute public advisor. He was involved in the creation of Health Savings Accounts. We'll discuss AFP's new campaign to promote "site-neutral payments" to ensure that Medicare patients pay the same for drugs regardless of where they’re administered. Unsurprisingly, hospitals are vehemently opposed.
BY AAMIR HUSSAIN | U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) calls his healthcare reform bill “the world’s greatest healthcare plan.” That’s a bold statement, but his plan represents a strong and workable alternative which purports to give individual Americans more direct control over their healthcare. This proposed legislation maintains certain well-received aspects of Obamacare while abolishing all health insurance purchase mandates.
BY DEAN CLANCY | In her June 2 op-ed, “What’s knocking Americans off Medicaid rolls? Paperwork.,” Catherine Rampell wrote that “bureaucratic snafus” are causing millions of Americans to lose Medicaid coverage gained during the pandemic emergency. This mismanagement — along with the fact that as of 2021, about 1 in 5 Medicaid dollars are spent improperly — calls into question the government’s ability to manage health care on a large scale.
BY DEAN CLANCY | Forty percent of voters say the high and rising cost of healthcare represents a “crisis,” according to a recent poll. A majority (56%) say they feel “helpless” when dealing with the U.S. healthcare system — that the system is in charge, not them.
BY RYAN NORRISS | A recent study ranked Arkansas' health-care system 47th in the country--and dead last for health-care outcomes. There's no one in the state who thinks that's acceptable. To fix the problem, we need to abandon the idea that a one-size-fits-all government program is the solution. But with a ranking of 47th in the country, we need to be looking for innovative answers. A "public option" or so-called Medicare-for-All would only exacerbate the problem.
BY CANDANCE CARROLL and MURRELL SMITH | At a time when “bipartisan” might seem vanishingly rare, the word “unanimous” has become nearly unthinkable. But on May 2nd the South Carolina House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that will increase the number of hospital beds and services available to our residents. The bill, which sailed through the state Senate earlier this year, repeals Certificate of Need (CON) laws that require government approval to expand medical facilities and give competitors veto power over rival health care investments.
BY CHARLIE KATEBI | The House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce wants to tackle rising health-care costs. Policymakers should consider how Indiana has recently handled the issue. Instead of imposing government price controls, which would only drive costs higher, Hoosier State lawmakers have embraced Personal Option, a patient-first approach that lowers the price of care through competition.
BY DONNIE TUGGLE | U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R- District 17) recently introduced the Health Care Fairness for All Act (H.R. 3129), which aims to create a new option for Americans to obtain health care coverage through a portable health insurance tax credit that is available to all Americans.
By DEAN CLANCY | Republicans have been apprehensive about health care since the Obamacare Repeal debacle in 2017. For their part, Democrats will never stop trying to end private health insurance and force everyone into a government-controlled system. If we want to avoid that fate, Republicans cannot cede the issue to Democrats — especially when the public is more favorable to GOP ideas on how to fix the system.
By WASHINGTON EXAMINER | America’s healthcare is inarguably superior to other nations' socialized systems, wherein patients are forced to wait months to be admitted for routine surgeries and hospital treatments. But it has plenty of problems of its own, including soaring costs, very little transparency in pricing, and shrinking access to trusted doctors and treatments. The result is that few people feel they have the choices they deserve when it comes to care. As many as 44% say that they actively avoid seeking care because it’s too complicated and expensive.
By ISRAEL ORTEGA | America may offer some of the best health care in the world. But doctors’ appointments are still too hard to make. Certain prescription medicines are too expensive. Prices are obscure. And finding the proper care and coverage is confusing, making shopping around almost impossible. Inflation has exacerbated all these burdens, and each one falls especially hard on America’s Hispanic community.
By TYLER VOIGT | In an end to the will-they-won’t-they drama of the past several years, lawmakers in North Carolina yesterday announced they’d reached a deal to expand Medicaid in the Old North State. For the past decade, North Carolina lawmakers have repeatedly proposed Medicaid expansion. Yet, just as it has been in every previous legislative session, Medicaid expansion is a terrible idea.