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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, ...
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More regulations are not the answer to California’s high and volatile gas prices

By Kerry Jackson & Wayne Winegarden California has an oil czar, and no, he’s not elected. Czars never are. Of course that’s not his official title, but Tai Milder, the first director of the Division of Petroleum Market Oversight for the California Energy Commission, recently made this first official policy ...
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Is Sacramento going to pump the brakes on your car?

Will Sacramento Invade Your Car to Limit How Fast You Can Drive?

Do California lawmakers ever sleep? It seems they stay up nights coming up with new ways to intrude into personal lives. They want to control our thermostats. Bar educational choice. Erase worker freedom. Banish plastic products. Decide how we can defend our families and homes. Now one state senator wants ...
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Golden State May Learn Single-Payer Mania Has Hefty Price

The California legislature will soon consider yet another bid to launch a government takeover of the state’s health insurance system. Known as the California Guaranteed Health Care for All Act, AB 2200 seeks to ban private health insurance and enroll all state residents — including those currently covered by Medicare and Medi-Cal, ...
California

Blame slow-growth policies for California’s housing and homeless crises

By Steven Greenhut & Wayne Winegarden The roots of California’s housing problems aren’t hard to trace given the reams of house-price and population data going back decades. The Los Angeles Times reported the median price of a California home in 1970 was only 5 percent higher than the national average at $24,300. That ...
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President Biden Is His Own Worst Enemy In The War On Cancer

Cancer is becoming more common. This year, the number of new cancer cases among Americans is projected to exceed 2 million for the first time ever, according to a paper published last month by the American Cancer Society. The disease is also afflicting people earlier in their lives. Cancer diagnosis rates for ...
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Trump vs. Obamacare — More Market Efficiency, Less Government Bureaucracy

Donald Trump is continuing to make his case for an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act. “We’re going to fight for much better health care than Obamacare. Obamacare is a catastrophe,” he said just before his victory in the Iowa Caucuses in January. He’s right to put healthcare reform at ...
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Loss of Medicaid isn’t a crisis. It’s a chance to make coverage better, cheaper

More than 16 million Americans have lost Medicaid coverage in recent months, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Two million Texans have rolled off Medicaid, newly released state data show. That’s good news, despite what the Biden administration would have us believe. For decades, Medicaid has burdened taxpayers ...
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Compared To UK Physicians, US Docs Have It Made

America’s doctors are lobbying for better pay. The American Medical Association and other doctor groups are currently urging Congress to roll back a 3.37 percent cut to Medicare reimbursement rates that took effect at the beginning of the year. This quarrel over pay should disabuse U.S. doctors of any sympathy for ...
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Read about the bill in Congress that would ban the use of "quality-adjusted life years"

Congress needs to cut QALYs

The House of Representatives last week approved a bill that would ban the use of “quality-adjusted life years,” or QALYs, as well as other measures for determining the purported value of a medical intervention, in all federal health programs. Now the Senate will consider the measure. QALYs should have no place in federal decision-making about whether ...
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, ...
Commentary

More regulations are not the answer to California’s high and volatile gas prices

By Kerry Jackson & Wayne Winegarden California has an oil czar, and no, he’s not elected. Czars never are. Of course that’s not his official title, but Tai Milder, the first director of the Division of Petroleum Market Oversight for the California Energy Commission, recently made this first official policy ...
Commentary

Is Sacramento going to pump the brakes on your car?

Will Sacramento Invade Your Car to Limit How Fast You Can Drive?

Do California lawmakers ever sleep? It seems they stay up nights coming up with new ways to intrude into personal lives. They want to control our thermostats. Bar educational choice. Erase worker freedom. Banish plastic products. Decide how we can defend our families and homes. Now one state senator wants ...
Commentary

Golden State May Learn Single-Payer Mania Has Hefty Price

The California legislature will soon consider yet another bid to launch a government takeover of the state’s health insurance system. Known as the California Guaranteed Health Care for All Act, AB 2200 seeks to ban private health insurance and enroll all state residents — including those currently covered by Medicare and Medi-Cal, ...
California

Blame slow-growth policies for California’s housing and homeless crises

By Steven Greenhut & Wayne Winegarden The roots of California’s housing problems aren’t hard to trace given the reams of house-price and population data going back decades. The Los Angeles Times reported the median price of a California home in 1970 was only 5 percent higher than the national average at $24,300. That ...
Commentary

President Biden Is His Own Worst Enemy In The War On Cancer

Cancer is becoming more common. This year, the number of new cancer cases among Americans is projected to exceed 2 million for the first time ever, according to a paper published last month by the American Cancer Society. The disease is also afflicting people earlier in their lives. Cancer diagnosis rates for ...
Commentary

Trump vs. Obamacare — More Market Efficiency, Less Government Bureaucracy

Donald Trump is continuing to make his case for an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act. “We’re going to fight for much better health care than Obamacare. Obamacare is a catastrophe,” he said just before his victory in the Iowa Caucuses in January. He’s right to put healthcare reform at ...
Commentary

Loss of Medicaid isn’t a crisis. It’s a chance to make coverage better, cheaper

More than 16 million Americans have lost Medicaid coverage in recent months, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Two million Texans have rolled off Medicaid, newly released state data show. That’s good news, despite what the Biden administration would have us believe. For decades, Medicaid has burdened taxpayers ...
Commentary

Compared To UK Physicians, US Docs Have It Made

America’s doctors are lobbying for better pay. The American Medical Association and other doctor groups are currently urging Congress to roll back a 3.37 percent cut to Medicare reimbursement rates that took effect at the beginning of the year. This quarrel over pay should disabuse U.S. doctors of any sympathy for ...
Commentary

Read about the bill in Congress that would ban the use of "quality-adjusted life years"

Congress needs to cut QALYs

The House of Representatives last week approved a bill that would ban the use of “quality-adjusted life years,” or QALYs, as well as other measures for determining the purported value of a medical intervention, in all federal health programs. Now the Senate will consider the measure. QALYs should have no place in federal decision-making about whether ...
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