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Should we be worried about the long-term fiscal picture of Medicare?

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Medicare Cost Projections

And if the history with the SGR is a predictor of the ACA’s productivity adjustment’s ability to constrain payments to providers, Medicare spending will likely be significantly higher in the long run than is currently projected with the baseline forecast.

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Obamacare Halbig v. Burwell

Tuesday’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has the potential to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act by disallowing premium subsidies for those enrolled in the 36 federal health care exchanges.

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A miracle drug can cure Hepatitis C without side effects. But complex rules and restrictions may keep it from those who need it.

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The last round of oral argument in the most serious legal challenge to Obamacare’s insurance coverage subsidies ended over three months ago.  Now the courthouse watch for a final ruling in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has neared a fever pitch.

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America is not yet ready for auto enrollment in Obamacare and automatic reenrollment means higher premiums for those on the exchanges. This proposed regulation should raise concerns. 

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A One-Sided White House Report on Medicaid Expansion

The new White House report on Medicaid expansion argues that states that decline to expand Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act are sacrificing important benefits. The report is essentially an advocacy document rather than a neutral analysis of the conflicting considerations facing state governments.

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Three Ways Obamacare Is Impairing Economic Growth

In terms of economics, the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby gives opponents of Obamacare little to celebrate. The case is narrow in its application. It is specifically applicable to “closely held businesses,” and does not affect all organizations.

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Home Health Care Workers

Home health care workers make lower than average wages, and should not be assigned to a union and have their wages reduced. The Supreme Court’s decision removes the ability of unions to prey on a significant and growing segment of American workers. 

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I Was Right About the ACA

Four years into the ACA, it is remarkable how well our predictions have been borne out. Below I will resurrect but five of my own specific predictions about the ACA, contrast them with what many advocates had said, and review what subsequent events have shown.

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