Category Archives: Health Care

Obamacare expected to raise cost of health care claims 28% in Utah

A new report from the Society of Actuaries – financial risk professionals that estimate long-term costs for pensions, insurance, and the government – estimates that the cost of health care claims – the “most important driver” of insurance premiums – … Continue reading

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Support exercise of religious freedom: Shop Hobby Lobby Saturday

For a nation with a yearning for religious freedom at its roots, we are seeing an awful callousness toward exercise of that freedom lately. One of the more recent manifestations of this trend has the Green family, who operate Hobby … Continue reading

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The continued (moral) fight over Obamacare

In the wake of the recent presidential election, the political left would like the fight over Obamacare to be over. But the same electorate that gave President Obama a second term believes by a near-majority (49-44) that Obamacare should be … Continue reading

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Is Obamacare showing us that health care shouldn’t be a right?

For the first time since Gallup began polling on the question in 2000, a majority of Americans (54 percent) think it is not the federal government’s responsibility to “make sure all Americans have health care coverage.” As Gallup notes, “The … Continue reading

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Ryan’s honesty quiets the booing at AARP

You heard that vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was booed when he spoke to the AARP about Medicare and Obamacare. But did you hear the rest of the story? Those boos subsided, and here’s why, from Grace-Marie Turner at National … Continue reading

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Checking the integrity of Clinton's Obamacare assertions

Grace-Marie Turner, writing in National Review Online, does some fact-checking on former President Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention and finds he danced around the truth: Clinton did a deep dive into policy last night during his keynote … Continue reading

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Obamacare’s prognosis is poor

Jay Cost over at The Weekly Standard blog wrote a smart blog post recently, titled “Don’t bet on Obamacare,” arguing that Obamacare is likely “doomed” no matter what happens in the elections November. His reasoning: “The bill was badly designed … Continue reading

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Professional associations and the cost of health care

Do associations of medical professionals, such as the American Medical Association (AMA), make health care more expensive by restricting the supply of doctors who can provide health care? An economics and finance blog hosted by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) … Continue reading

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If Supreme Court strikes down health care law, then what?

By most accounts, the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to strike down President Obama’s health care law tomorrow, either in whole or in part. If the court’s ruling goes against the law, inquiring minds will want to know: Now what? … Continue reading

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The Life of Julius: federal cradle-to-grave meddling in health care (part 4)

At age 40, Julius recognizes the hand of the federal government at every turn in his personal health choices. One night, he goes to his favorite Italian restaurant and notices the menu is different. It looks cluttered. Next to each … Continue reading

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The Life of Julius: federal cradle-to-grave meddling in health care (part 3)

At age 23, Julius graduates from college and begins an internship. Because he and his new wife are so healthy, they choose not to buy health insurance, knowing they can pay out of pocket for needed checkups and basic care. … Continue reading

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The Life of Julius: federal cradle-to-grave meddling in health care (part 2)

At age 10, Julius is playing outside during recess when he begins coughing. His cough persists and worsens for several days, so his mother decides she’ll take him to their long-time family doctor at a private clinic. But when she … Continue reading

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The Life of Julius: federal cradle-to-grave meddling in health care (part 1)

As Americans eagerly await the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care plan, we invite you to follow us as we embark on a journey called “The Life of Julius.” This story will illustrate how … Continue reading

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Health care reform: Utah’s ‘Supreme Court paralysis’

Today the Legislature’s Health System Reform Task Force met to discuss issues regarding the Affordable Care Act (i.e., Obamacare) and the Health Care Compact. In discussions regarding how the state should respond to Obamacare requirements, the overriding sentiment was uncertainty. … Continue reading

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Obamacare debate: Both sides agree on goal, not method

Last week, I participated in a debate about Obamacare hosted by the Project for Deeper Understanding held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Park City. Liana Teteberg, physician assistant, and Judi Hilman, executive director of Utah Health Policy Project, argued … Continue reading

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