Thomas Cheplick

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White House, Allies Turn to Reconciliation

Health Care News (Heartland Institute), February 22, 2010 The White House and its allies are seeking ways to regroup and pass a new version of government-run health care proposed by President Obama, even preparing to resort to the reconciliation process since no reform package is likely to pass through traditional …

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Health Care Legislation Turns Medicare Into Slush Fund

President Obama has repeatedly pledged never to sign any proposal that would “add one dime” to the federal deficit, yet he and Congress are finding it impossible to cover millions of uninsured Americans without increasing deficit spending or taking the money from the current Medicare system. Finding money to achieve …

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Medicare Reimbursement Cap Called Unlikely to Stop Fraud

Responding to serious Medicare fraud and corruption in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, where five doctors from one clinic were found guilty of racketeering over the past three years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is proposing a nationwide cap on Medicare reimbursements for treating in-home patients with chronic ailments. The …

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Sticker Shock May Erode Public Support for Health Care Overhaul

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee’s draft health care bill may be in danger of collapsing under the weight of its own price tag, as “sticker shock” could cause what support there is for the government-centric health care transformation to ebb considerably. “Americans are by and large in …

Business & Economics

San Francisco County Assessor’s Tax Proposal Draws Fire

San Francisco County Assessor Phil Ting (D) has launched a statewide effort to revise a provision of California’s Proposition 13, a state law voters approved more than 30 years ago to limit property taxes in the Golden State. Ting wants to change how Proposition 13 deals with tax assessments on …

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Report: Milwaukee Voucher Program Serving Students, Taxpayers Well

A new study shows children receiving vouchers from the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program—the nation’s oldest voucher program—are getting at least as good an education as their peers in public schools, at half the cost. “The Comprehensive Longitudinal Evaluation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program,” released by the University of Arkansas’ …

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Rhode Island Governor Seeks Medicaid Reform

With his state among those facing growing budget crises due in part to unfunded health care liabilities, Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri (R) is asking the federal government for the freedom to reform the state’s Medicaid program. Carcieri’s proposal, which was blocked for much of 2008 by the Democrat-led state …

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Indiana Legislators Consider Tax Credit Measure

The Indiana state legislature is considering a bill to establish a tax credit scholarship program for families to send their children to private K-12 schools. S.B. 528—introduced in January by state Sen. Carlin Yoder (R-Elkhart County)—is designed to benefit low- and middle-income families. Businesses and individuals who donate to scholarship-granting …

Business & Economics

Competitor’s Court Challenge Could Raise Intel Chip Prices

Info Tech & Telecom News (Heartland Institute), July 1, 2008 Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) has accused Intel Corporation of paying and pressuring large computer manufacturers not to purchase AMD chips. AMD, based in Sunnyvale, California, claims Intel is marketing its computer chips to manufacturers at below-cost prices to …

Commentary

White House, Allies Turn to Reconciliation

Health Care News (Heartland Institute), February 22, 2010 The White House and its allies are seeking ways to regroup and pass a new version of government-run health care proposed by President Obama, even preparing to resort to the reconciliation process since no reform package is likely to pass through traditional …

Commentary

Health Care Legislation Turns Medicare Into Slush Fund

President Obama has repeatedly pledged never to sign any proposal that would “add one dime” to the federal deficit, yet he and Congress are finding it impossible to cover millions of uninsured Americans without increasing deficit spending or taking the money from the current Medicare system. Finding money to achieve …

Commentary

Medicare Reimbursement Cap Called Unlikely to Stop Fraud

Responding to serious Medicare fraud and corruption in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, where five doctors from one clinic were found guilty of racketeering over the past three years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is proposing a nationwide cap on Medicare reimbursements for treating in-home patients with chronic ailments. The …

Commentary

Sticker Shock May Erode Public Support for Health Care Overhaul

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee’s draft health care bill may be in danger of collapsing under the weight of its own price tag, as “sticker shock” could cause what support there is for the government-centric health care transformation to ebb considerably. “Americans are by and large in …

Business & Economics

San Francisco County Assessor’s Tax Proposal Draws Fire

San Francisco County Assessor Phil Ting (D) has launched a statewide effort to revise a provision of California’s Proposition 13, a state law voters approved more than 30 years ago to limit property taxes in the Golden State. Ting wants to change how Proposition 13 deals with tax assessments on …

Commentary

Report: Milwaukee Voucher Program Serving Students, Taxpayers Well

A new study shows children receiving vouchers from the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program—the nation’s oldest voucher program—are getting at least as good an education as their peers in public schools, at half the cost. “The Comprehensive Longitudinal Evaluation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program,” released by the University of Arkansas’ …

Commentary

Rhode Island Governor Seeks Medicaid Reform

With his state among those facing growing budget crises due in part to unfunded health care liabilities, Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri (R) is asking the federal government for the freedom to reform the state’s Medicaid program. Carcieri’s proposal, which was blocked for much of 2008 by the Democrat-led state …

Commentary

Indiana Legislators Consider Tax Credit Measure

The Indiana state legislature is considering a bill to establish a tax credit scholarship program for families to send their children to private K-12 schools. S.B. 528—introduced in January by state Sen. Carlin Yoder (R-Elkhart County)—is designed to benefit low- and middle-income families. Businesses and individuals who donate to scholarship-granting …

Business & Economics

Competitor’s Court Challenge Could Raise Intel Chip Prices

Info Tech & Telecom News (Heartland Institute), July 1, 2008 Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) has accused Intel Corporation of paying and pressuring large computer manufacturers not to purchase AMD chips. AMD, based in Sunnyvale, California, claims Intel is marketing its computer chips to manufacturers at below-cost prices to …

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