Healthcare Articles

In Defense of the 'Cadillac Tax'

12:50 PM, Sep 03, 2015

The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) is replete with bad policies. The so-called Cadillac tax is not one of them.

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Walker’s Obamacare Alternative: Setting the Record Straight

1:30 PM, Aug 26, 2015

On August 18, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker became the first leading Republican presidential candidate to release a full-fledged Obamacare alternative. Walker’s alternative would fully repeal Obamacare and provide the sort of real reform for which Americans have lo

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No, Obamacare's Complexity is Not a Good Thing

And the GOP's best alternative shows that simplicity is a virtue.
11:18 AM, May 29, 2015

In their review of House Budget Committee chairman Tom Price’s newly released Obamacare alternative, Bloomberg’s editors strain to make a virtue out of Obamacare’s maddening complexity. Whereas no one knows until tax time the following year what, if anything, they will be getting in subsidies under Obamacare, Price’s alternative offers tax credits in three simple amounts.

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A Misleading Comparison on Taxes

2:50 PM, Apr 15, 2015

The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky is celebrating this April 15 by declaring that America is “the most undertaxed advanced country in the world.” He claims that this chart offers proof of his assertion.

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A Low Bar

2:45 PM, Feb 19, 2015

Peter Sullivan’s story in The Hill comes with this headline:

Dems gloat over ObamaCare numbers

There were more signups, it seems, than had been anticipated so no fleas on this dog.  As 

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The Hot New Argument for Obamacare—Fascism

12:28 PM, Feb 10, 2015

The Supreme Court is about to hear King v. Burwell, a case that threatens to seriously undermine Obamacare. As the plaintiffs of the case have pointed out, the text of the law doesn't allow the federal government to provide health insurance subsidies to people who purchase insurance through the federal exchange.

 Read more There Is No Employer Mandate

8:35 AM, Feb 02, 2015

Along with the individual mandate to buy insurance, the employer mandate has been one of the more controversial aspects of Obamacare. Implementation of the employer mandate has been delayed twice, and other aspects of the law are being phased in, with "transitional relief" to help businesses cope. However, according to, an employer "mandate" doesn't even exist.

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A Glimpse of Our Health Care Future

The pen is mightier than the Freud.
Jul 28, 2014

To what will Obamacare lead? If the administration’s health policies continue on their present trajectory, Obamacare will lead to some form of European-style single-payer national health system.

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Podcast: The GOP's Obamacare Alternative

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:50 PM, Jan 28, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with the 2017 Project's executive director Jeffrey Anderson, on the GOP's new Obamacare repeal and replace alternative.

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Escape from Obamacare

How to get health insurance while avoiding the exchanges.
Dec 30, 2013

At least they have their health. When it comes to purchasing insurance through the Obamacare exchanges, young adults don’t have much else going for them.

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Hayes Podcast: The Obama Presidency As We Knew It -- Obama 1.0 -- Is Over

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:58 PM, Jul 01, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on his recent story in the magazine, Lipstick on the Obamacare Pig.

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Out of Balance

Obama’s deceptive budget.
Apr 29, 2013

Earlier this month, President Obama released his fiscal year 2014 budget, which calls for $1.1 trillion in higher taxes over the next decade, cuts of $400 billion from Medicare and Medicaid, and alterations to Social Security’s benefit rate worth about $130 billion. 

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Cash for Doctors

Mar 25, 2013

With Obama-care poised to kick in to high gear next year, Dr. Brian Forrest routinely hears skeptics ask if the new laws and regulations will stifle his innovative primary care practice outside Raleigh, N.C.

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The Unions vs. Obamacare

Disenchantment sets in.
Mar 25, 2013

"I heard [Obama] say, ‘If you like your health plan, you can keep it,’ ” John Wilhelm, chairman of Unite Here Health, representing 260,000 union workers, recently told the Wall Street Journal. “If I’m wrong, and the president does not intend to keep his word, I would have severe second thoughts about the law.” Besides Wilhelm, some of the nation’s largest union bosses have taken to publicly criticizing the Affordable Care Act.

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The States Should Say No

. . . to ‘free money’ for Medicaid expansion.
Dec 24, 2012



If someone who is sinking deeper and deeper into debt comes to you with an offer of “free money,” you would be best advised to:

(a) take the money and run,

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Healthy Trend

First, do no harm­—and then repeal Obamacare.
Sep 03, 2012

Thirteen years ago I co-authored a book that I thought could cut the Gordian knot of the health care dilemma. The dozens of copies sold proved insufficient to promote the needed revolutionary change. John C. Goodman has now written the book that can do the job. He presents as clear an answer as we are ever likely to see, along with examples from the real world. It’s now our job to make the case in a politically effective way.

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More Mediscare

Aug 20, 2012

The oddly convenient academic study has long been a weapon in the Democratic party’s arsenal of election-season demagoguery. Do you need to say that conservative policies would sink the republic? Here’s a paper by scholars from a respected university, published in a respected journal, and released just as your campaign was turning to the issue in question, which happens to say just what you had in mind. It might all fall apart on closer inspection, but in the heat of a campaign it’s a perfect fit.

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