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The VA is failing America’s heroes — again

“If I’d gone to the VA, I would have died.” That’s what Marine veteran Chinaza Duson told Atlanta NBC affiliate 11 Alive after she nearly died of a heart attack this summer waiting to be seen at her local Veterans Affairs medical center. Sadly, veterans across America utter similar words …

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Feeble cheer for California’s nurse practitioners

Unsurprisingly, California has historically been among the most restrictive states in the nation when it comes to nurse practitioners’ independence. But starting January 1, 2023, nurse practitioners can finally work toward receiving “full-practice” authorization in California as AB 890 (2020)  comes into effect. While the text of the legislation states …

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Medicaid Expansion Is Never Cheap

A South Dakota ballot measure expanding the state’s Medicaid program passed with 56% of the vote earlier this month. Expanding Medicaid may sound like a smart way to get more people insurance coverage — especially when the federal government is picking up most of the tab, as it will in this case. …

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Reclaiming Liberty on Giving Tuesday

Standing together, we are spreading the message of limited government, free enterprise, and personal responsibility far and wide throughout our state and nation. Our supporters powered our successes in 2022— from blocking single-payer health care in California to exposing the failures of disastrous initiatives on homelessness and climate change. Today …

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Bernie Sanders seeks new role to push Medicare for all

Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced his intention to chair the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the next Congress. He’s promised to “focus on universal healthcare.” In other words, the senator’s long-standing quest for “Medicare for All” has new life. We can expect hearings featuring an array of …

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Divided Congress Doesn’t Have to Mean Gridlock Over Healthcare

As a result of the recent midterm elections, and as of this writing, it looks like the 118th Congress, which will be seated Jan. 3, 2023 will be split, with Democrats set to retain a slim majority in the Senate and Republicans taking control of the House by just a …

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A New Plan Brings Clarity To Healthcare Price Transparency–Finally

In health policy, there’s nothing quite as opaque as price transparency. Insurance companies and hospitals tend to say there’s no place for it in the healthcare sector, since medicine is more complicated than cars or groceries. Other skeptics say that implementing transparency rules is too hard. Hospitals have largely flouted a two-year-old …

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NEW STUDY: 340B Providers Reap Big Profits, Should Be Reformed to Ensure At-Risk Patients Receive Affordable Care

SACRAMENTO – The broken 340B program, designed to provide affordable care for at-risk patients, creates massive profits for providers without necessarily improving patient health outcomes and should be reformed, finds a new issue brief released today by the Center for Medical Economics and Innovation at the nonpartisan Pacific Research Institute. …

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Are Americans too complacent about a winter surge of COVID infections — and deaths?

To the old saying about the inevitability of death and taxes, we should add another: another health crisis linked to COVID-19. As of the end of October, the CDC’s official tally of U.S. COVID infections was just under 100 million, but with many positive home test results unreported, the real …

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Three Market-Based Reforms That Could Win Bipartisan Support in a Divided Washington

While the dust continues to settle from last week’s midterm elections, divided government will continue to reign supreme in Washington when the new Congress convenes in January. As of this writing, Republicans will win an extremely narrow majority in the House of Representatives, while Democrats will claim at least 50 …

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The VA is failing America’s heroes — again

“If I’d gone to the VA, I would have died.” That’s what Marine veteran Chinaza Duson told Atlanta NBC affiliate 11 Alive after she nearly died of a heart attack this summer waiting to be seen at her local Veterans Affairs medical center. Sadly, veterans across America utter similar words …

Blog

Feeble cheer for California’s nurse practitioners

Unsurprisingly, California has historically been among the most restrictive states in the nation when it comes to nurse practitioners’ independence. But starting January 1, 2023, nurse practitioners can finally work toward receiving “full-practice” authorization in California as AB 890 (2020)  comes into effect. While the text of the legislation states …

Commentary

Medicaid Expansion Is Never Cheap

A South Dakota ballot measure expanding the state’s Medicaid program passed with 56% of the vote earlier this month. Expanding Medicaid may sound like a smart way to get more people insurance coverage — especially when the federal government is picking up most of the tab, as it will in this case. …

Blog

Reclaiming Liberty on Giving Tuesday

Standing together, we are spreading the message of limited government, free enterprise, and personal responsibility far and wide throughout our state and nation. Our supporters powered our successes in 2022— from blocking single-payer health care in California to exposing the failures of disastrous initiatives on homelessness and climate change. Today …

Commentary

Bernie Sanders seeks new role to push Medicare for all

Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced his intention to chair the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the next Congress. He’s promised to “focus on universal healthcare.” In other words, the senator’s long-standing quest for “Medicare for All” has new life. We can expect hearings featuring an array of …

Commentary

Divided Congress Doesn’t Have to Mean Gridlock Over Healthcare

As a result of the recent midterm elections, and as of this writing, it looks like the 118th Congress, which will be seated Jan. 3, 2023 will be split, with Democrats set to retain a slim majority in the Senate and Republicans taking control of the House by just a …

Commentary

A New Plan Brings Clarity To Healthcare Price Transparency–Finally

In health policy, there’s nothing quite as opaque as price transparency. Insurance companies and hospitals tend to say there’s no place for it in the healthcare sector, since medicine is more complicated than cars or groceries. Other skeptics say that implementing transparency rules is too hard. Hospitals have largely flouted a two-year-old …

Drug Prices

NEW STUDY: 340B Providers Reap Big Profits, Should Be Reformed to Ensure At-Risk Patients Receive Affordable Care

SACRAMENTO – The broken 340B program, designed to provide affordable care for at-risk patients, creates massive profits for providers without necessarily improving patient health outcomes and should be reformed, finds a new issue brief released today by the Center for Medical Economics and Innovation at the nonpartisan Pacific Research Institute. …

Commentary

Are Americans too complacent about a winter surge of COVID infections — and deaths?

To the old saying about the inevitability of death and taxes, we should add another: another health crisis linked to COVID-19. As of the end of October, the CDC’s official tally of U.S. COVID infections was just under 100 million, but with many positive home test results unreported, the real …

Blog

Three Market-Based Reforms That Could Win Bipartisan Support in a Divided Washington

While the dust continues to settle from last week’s midterm elections, divided government will continue to reign supreme in Washington when the new Congress convenes in January. As of this writing, Republicans will win an extremely narrow majority in the House of Representatives, while Democrats will claim at least 50 …

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