Healthcare Reform
Vermont Single Payer Confronts Economic Reality
Vermont Single Payer Confronts Economic Reality
Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that he will not pursue a single payer health care plan this legislative session or in the near future, expressing “huge disappointment.” The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) applauds the decision. “Private medicine has gotten a reprieve from a probable death sentence in Vermont,” stated AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D. By setting all physicians’ fees and giving the five-member Green Mountain Care Board the authority to “guarantee” that all Vermont residents get “affordable and appropriate care at the appropriate time in the appropriate setting,” Vermont would effectively outlaw private determination of fees... read more
Pre-Emptive Surrender: Boehner Imitates Pelosi
Pre-Emptive Surrender: Boehner Imitates Pelosi
This Week's Health Policy News Roundup Curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. Like the Affordable Care Act, the 1,600-page “CRomnibus” was rammed through the House in a hasty secret process. Members received the wording a few days before the vote and were denied the chance to offer amendments. As with the ACA, we’ll find out what’s in it after it passes. The very length is a clue: it is stuffed full of pork. Without the help of special interests, how did it get so long? The CR (Continuing Resolution) has become a substitute for an actual budget. The House could... read more
AAPS News December 2014 - The End Justifies The Means
AAPS News December 2014 - The End Justifies The Means
Volume 70, no. 12 AAPS and many others predicted the destructive effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) from the outset. MIT economist Jonathan Gruber has provided incontrovertible evidence that the bill’s architects also knew that Obama’s promises were lies. They are not stupid. Gruber is now “the avatar not only of Obamacare, but of liberal paternalism, a caricature of the snotty, know-it-all technocrat who will make decisions for people without consulting them,” writes David Dayen (Fiscal Times 11/21/14). Of the two types of advocates that Milton Friedman said were needed to promote bad policy, Gruber is a... read more
Gruber and Tavenner Praise ACA, Evade Questions at Oversight Hearing on Transparency
Gruber and Tavenner Praise ACA, Evade Questions at Oversight Hearing on Transparency
In the Dec 9 hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee brilliant MIT economist Jonathan Gruber and CMS head Marilyn Tavenner both displayed memory loss and lack of knowledge of key numbers. Both Gruber and Tavenner sang the praises of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as did “independent” witness Ari Goldman called by Democrats. Goldman works part time as a waiter in D.C., and also does consulting work. He said he is healthy but has two pre-existing conditions, and is delighted with his ObamaCare plan. Gruber apologized 18 times for “inexcusable” comments. He was lambasted by ranking member... read more
S. 2962: Medical Expense Deduction Act
Another Bill to Chip Away at ObamaCare was introduced on November 20, 2014.. Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced the “Medical Expense Deduction Act” and referred the bill to the Senate Finance Committee. This short bill would repeal the tax increase imposed by Obamacare on taxpayers who incur catastrophic medical expenses. Prior to the ACA, individuals could deduct medical/dental expenses of greater than 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income. The ACA raised the floor to 10 percent. Bill status and full text at: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s2962 Current IRS rule at: http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc502.html Synopsis courtesy of Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD @MSingletonMDJD
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