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Centennial State About to Discover Public Option’s Nightmare

Colorado is about to become the first state to implement a public health insurance option through Section 1332, a provision in Obamacare that allows states to waive many of the law’s regulations. The Biden administration approved the program, known as the Colorado Option, on June 23. The new state-sponsored health plan …

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GOP Must Seize Control of Health Care Narrative

If the polls are any indication, Republicans will take control of Congress in this fall’s midterm elections. After a year and a half of unified Democratic rule, voters in much of the country appear to be looking for something different. But November is still six months away. If Republicans hope to notch …

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A Public Option Is Still the Wrong Way to Reform Health Care

There’s nothing ‘moderate’ about the suffering that will result from the supposed ‘middle ground’ between the status quo and a single-payer system. California officials have recently fined L.A. Care, America’s largest publicly operated health-insurance program, $55 million for letting poor Angelenos suffer and die as they waited months to see …

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Under Government Health Care, The Doctor Won’t See You Now

In less than three weeks, the federal public health emergency for COVID-19 is set to expire. Some experts worry that the end of the emergency could unleash a flood of pent-up demand for health care—and add more stress to a health system already stretched thin. That’s because thousands of Americans—particularly seniors …

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States are eyeing a public option through rose-colored glasses

The Affordable Care Act will notch its 12th birthday later this month. To get the measure through Congress and to President Obama’s desk for his signature, Democrats had to cut one of progressives’ signature proposals—a public health insurance option. But the public option didn’t die all those years ago. President …

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Why A Public Option Would Not Be Successful

Editor’s Note:  Last week, PRI President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy Sally C. Pipes participated in a debate on the public option at the annual conference of the National Council of Insurance Legislators conference in Las Vegas.    Nevada Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton moderated the debate.  …

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Bernie’s Not-So-Subtle Single-Payer Plot

Senator Bernie Sanders (I.,Vt.), America’s most prominent proponent of government-run health care, is once again leading the charge to move our country to a single-payer system. As chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sanders is pushing a $3.5 trillion budget plan that includes expansions of Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare. Some …

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As Democrats Push Single-Payer, Brits Hope To Escape It

A record 5.6 million patients in the United Kingdom are currently on waiting lists for hospital care. That’s equivalent to nearly one in 10 Britons. Of that group, about 300,000 have been waiting at least one year for treatment. Those who can afford to are increasingly paying out of pocket for private care. More than …

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Democrats’ Budget Plan Hides a Slow-Moving Healthcare Takeover

Progressives just got one step closer to their dream of socialized health care. In a party-line vote this week, the Democratic House majority ratified a $3.5 trillion budget plan that includes the largest expansion of government-run health care in recent memory. Among other things, the proposal would lower Medicare’s eligibility …

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Government-run health care is bad for business

The Kaiser Family Foundation recently surveyed more than 300 companies with more than 5,000 employees — and found that 83% believed that “a greater government role in providing coverage and containing costs would be better for their business.” They’re gravely mistaken. A health care system that features even more government …

Commentary

Centennial State About to Discover Public Option’s Nightmare

Colorado is about to become the first state to implement a public health insurance option through Section 1332, a provision in Obamacare that allows states to waive many of the law’s regulations. The Biden administration approved the program, known as the Colorado Option, on June 23. The new state-sponsored health plan …

Commentary

GOP Must Seize Control of Health Care Narrative

If the polls are any indication, Republicans will take control of Congress in this fall’s midterm elections. After a year and a half of unified Democratic rule, voters in much of the country appear to be looking for something different. But November is still six months away. If Republicans hope to notch …

Commentary

A Public Option Is Still the Wrong Way to Reform Health Care

There’s nothing ‘moderate’ about the suffering that will result from the supposed ‘middle ground’ between the status quo and a single-payer system. California officials have recently fined L.A. Care, America’s largest publicly operated health-insurance program, $55 million for letting poor Angelenos suffer and die as they waited months to see …

Commentary

Under Government Health Care, The Doctor Won’t See You Now

In less than three weeks, the federal public health emergency for COVID-19 is set to expire. Some experts worry that the end of the emergency could unleash a flood of pent-up demand for health care—and add more stress to a health system already stretched thin. That’s because thousands of Americans—particularly seniors …

Commentary

States are eyeing a public option through rose-colored glasses

The Affordable Care Act will notch its 12th birthday later this month. To get the measure through Congress and to President Obama’s desk for his signature, Democrats had to cut one of progressives’ signature proposals—a public health insurance option. But the public option didn’t die all those years ago. President …

Blog

Why A Public Option Would Not Be Successful

Editor’s Note:  Last week, PRI President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy Sally C. Pipes participated in a debate on the public option at the annual conference of the National Council of Insurance Legislators conference in Las Vegas.    Nevada Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton moderated the debate.  …

Commentary

Bernie’s Not-So-Subtle Single-Payer Plot

Senator Bernie Sanders (I.,Vt.), America’s most prominent proponent of government-run health care, is once again leading the charge to move our country to a single-payer system. As chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sanders is pushing a $3.5 trillion budget plan that includes expansions of Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare. Some …

Commentary

As Democrats Push Single-Payer, Brits Hope To Escape It

A record 5.6 million patients in the United Kingdom are currently on waiting lists for hospital care. That’s equivalent to nearly one in 10 Britons. Of that group, about 300,000 have been waiting at least one year for treatment. Those who can afford to are increasingly paying out of pocket for private care. More than …

Commentary

Democrats’ Budget Plan Hides a Slow-Moving Healthcare Takeover

Progressives just got one step closer to their dream of socialized health care. In a party-line vote this week, the Democratic House majority ratified a $3.5 trillion budget plan that includes the largest expansion of government-run health care in recent memory. Among other things, the proposal would lower Medicare’s eligibility …

Commentary

Government-run health care is bad for business

The Kaiser Family Foundation recently surveyed more than 300 companies with more than 5,000 employees — and found that 83% believed that “a greater government role in providing coverage and containing costs would be better for their business.” They’re gravely mistaken. A health care system that features even more government …

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