Sally C. Pipes

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Read the latest on the problems facing Medicare

Medicare Is Now Unaffordable

“If anyone here tries to cut … Medicare … I will stop you.” That was President Biden’s promise to a joint session of Congress during last week’s State of the Union address. Some may find such tough talk reassuring. But Biden’s refusal to even acknowledge Medicare’s dire fiscal situation — much less chart a course ...
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Read about the latest drug rationing proposals

Let UK Keep Drug Rationing

Any list of the world’s most inhumane healthcare bureaucracies has to include Britain’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence at the top. For over two decades, the agency has employed ruthless cost-benefit analyses to effectively deny British patients access to the latest medicines. Now NICE is looking to export its expertise rationing ...
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Medicaid shouldn’t pay for housing

Massachusetts is asking the Biden administration for permission to use money from Medicaid, the health program for low-income and disabled Americans jointly funded by the states and the federal government, to pay for temporary housing for homeless families and pregnant women, including newly arrived immigrants. It’s only the latest request by states to spend money specifically earmarked ...
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Bane of High Health Care Costs Can Be Traced to Obamacare

About 3 in 4 Americans are at least somewhat worried about their ability to afford health care, according to the KFF Health Tracking Poll February 2024. That concern is at odds with their generally favorable view of the Affordable Care Act, which will mark its 14th birthday on March 23. Nearly 6 in ...
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Read the latest on medicare spending

Competition Or Insolvency? Medicare’s Time For Choosing.

America has a spending problem. Last month, the Congressional Budget Office reported that debt held by the public will exceed the entire economic output of the country next year. Within ten years, the debt will reach 116% of GDP—”an amount greater than at any point in the nation’s history,” as the ...
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Don’t take away short-term health plans

The Biden administration may soon finalize rules that would deprive many Americans, especially young and healthy ones, of affordable insurance coverage. That will be the consequence of President Joe Biden‘s plan to reverse a 2018 rule promulgated by the Trump administration that allowed low-cost short-term health plans to last up ...
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Obamacare coverage might be free. But that’s not good.

There’s a saying that nothing good in life is free. The latest Obamacare enrollment numbers are a case in point. The Biden administration recently announced that a record 21.3 million Americans signed up for Obamacare during this year’s open enrollment period. But many of those enrollees only signed up because they ...
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Read the latest on Senator Sanders' fight against major pharmaceutical firms

Sanders Won’t Let Facts Get In Way of a Good Pharma Shaming

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders called the CEOs of several major pharmaceutical firms to testify earlier this month before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, where he serves as chairman. The hearing’s official purpose was to discuss prescription drug pricing. But it mainly offered Sanders a forum to castigate the pharmaceutical ...
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Why weakening of intellectual property rules is a threat to California

This week, members of the World Trade Organization have convened half a world away in Abu Dhabi. But a proposal on the agenda could have profound consequences for us here in California. Representatives of the World Trade Organization’s 164 member nations will discuss whether to waive patent protections on COVID-19 ...
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Medical debt isn’t a crisis

The Left has long insisted that medical debt is a national crisis and that the federal government needs to do something about it. They appear to have new ammunition in the form of an analysis published this month by the Peterson Center on Healthcare and KFF. Nearly one in 12 adults — 20.4 million people — had medical debt in 2021, ...
Commentary

Read the latest on the problems facing Medicare

Medicare Is Now Unaffordable

“If anyone here tries to cut … Medicare … I will stop you.” That was President Biden’s promise to a joint session of Congress during last week’s State of the Union address. Some may find such tough talk reassuring. But Biden’s refusal to even acknowledge Medicare’s dire fiscal situation — much less chart a course ...
Commentary

Read about the latest drug rationing proposals

Let UK Keep Drug Rationing

Any list of the world’s most inhumane healthcare bureaucracies has to include Britain’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence at the top. For over two decades, the agency has employed ruthless cost-benefit analyses to effectively deny British patients access to the latest medicines. Now NICE is looking to export its expertise rationing ...
Commentary

Medicaid shouldn’t pay for housing

Massachusetts is asking the Biden administration for permission to use money from Medicaid, the health program for low-income and disabled Americans jointly funded by the states and the federal government, to pay for temporary housing for homeless families and pregnant women, including newly arrived immigrants. It’s only the latest request by states to spend money specifically earmarked ...
Commentary

Bane of High Health Care Costs Can Be Traced to Obamacare

About 3 in 4 Americans are at least somewhat worried about their ability to afford health care, according to the KFF Health Tracking Poll February 2024. That concern is at odds with their generally favorable view of the Affordable Care Act, which will mark its 14th birthday on March 23. Nearly 6 in ...
Commentary

Read the latest on medicare spending

Competition Or Insolvency? Medicare’s Time For Choosing.

America has a spending problem. Last month, the Congressional Budget Office reported that debt held by the public will exceed the entire economic output of the country next year. Within ten years, the debt will reach 116% of GDP—”an amount greater than at any point in the nation’s history,” as the ...
Commentary

Don’t take away short-term health plans

The Biden administration may soon finalize rules that would deprive many Americans, especially young and healthy ones, of affordable insurance coverage. That will be the consequence of President Joe Biden‘s plan to reverse a 2018 rule promulgated by the Trump administration that allowed low-cost short-term health plans to last up ...
Commentary

Obamacare coverage might be free. But that’s not good.

There’s a saying that nothing good in life is free. The latest Obamacare enrollment numbers are a case in point. The Biden administration recently announced that a record 21.3 million Americans signed up for Obamacare during this year’s open enrollment period. But many of those enrollees only signed up because they ...
Commentary

Read the latest on Senator Sanders' fight against major pharmaceutical firms

Sanders Won’t Let Facts Get In Way of a Good Pharma Shaming

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders called the CEOs of several major pharmaceutical firms to testify earlier this month before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, where he serves as chairman. The hearing’s official purpose was to discuss prescription drug pricing. But it mainly offered Sanders a forum to castigate the pharmaceutical ...
Commentary

Why weakening of intellectual property rules is a threat to California

This week, members of the World Trade Organization have convened half a world away in Abu Dhabi. But a proposal on the agenda could have profound consequences for us here in California. Representatives of the World Trade Organization’s 164 member nations will discuss whether to waive patent protections on COVID-19 ...
Commentary

Medical debt isn’t a crisis

The Left has long insisted that medical debt is a national crisis and that the federal government needs to do something about it. They appear to have new ammunition in the form of an analysis published this month by the Peterson Center on Healthcare and KFF. Nearly one in 12 adults — 20.4 million people — had medical debt in 2021, ...
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