Sally Pipes: Trump Order Could Cut Your Cost of Health Care and Drugs

By Sally Pipes

Fox News, June 2, 2019

President Trump is expected to issue an executive order soon that could require insurers and hospitals to disclose the prices they’ve negotiated for various services. He hopes such transparency will increase competition and drive down health spending. The health care industry is less supportive. The nation’s top health insurance lobby, for instance, claims the president’s plan is “bad transparency” that could actually cause prices to go up. Government mandates are problematic. Transparency as a concept is beneficial. When private-sector organizations have been able to pull back the curtain on insurers’ and providers’ prices, they’ve unleashed competitive forces that have yielded significant savings for them—and for the rest of the health care system. […]

Sally Pipes: ‘Medicare-For-All’ Is Worse Than the CBO Says It Is (Much Worse)

By Sally Pipes

Fox News, May 26, 2019

There’s a reason any mention of cost is notably absent from the recent CBO report on single-payer health care proposals. That’s because Democrats specifically asked for a report without cost estimates. They’re aware that the American public is unlikely to get behind their plan to outlaw private health insurance and launch a government takeover of the U.S. health care system. According to Emory University health economist Kenneth Thorpe, more than 70% of working Americans who have private insurance would wind up paying more for health care under a version of “Medicare-for-all” very similar to the one Sanders has introduced in the Senate. […]

Foundation Releases Study on Health Care Waivers for Georgia

By The Georgia Public Policy Foundation

May 28, 2019

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has long advocated for market-oriented solutions to Georgia’s health care challenges. The Foundation has released a report analyzing the cost and potential impact of two Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers the governor could consider:

A reinsurance program that would apply to all large insurers in the state and “reimburse accumulated claim costs that exceed a set threshold within a given year.”

A Georgia primary care access option, which would require large insurers to offer at least one plan that includes a direct primary care model. […]

Winners and Losers of ‘Medicare For All’

By Charles Blahous

Economics 21, May 22, 2019
Dr. Chuck Blahous, who testified (with Grace-Marie Turner) before the House Rules Committee last month on Medicare for All, lists key findings: 

New federal costs under M4A would be unprecedentedly large
We do not know how or whether the federal government could successfully finance its additional spending under M4A
The projected additional costs of M4A’s coverage expansion would exceed the potential savings from eliminating private health insurance administration
Current M4A proposals would sharply cut payments to health providers while increasing health service demand, most likely causing supply shortages, and disrupting Americans’ timely access to health care, and 
The costs of M4A would be borne most directly by health providers and those most in need of health services. […]

Alabama Voices: Alabama Should Wait and Watch Before Considering Medicaid Expansion

By J. Pepper Bryars

Montgomery Advertiser, May 21, 2019
Would expanding Medicaid in Alabama bankrupt the already cash-strapped state budget and further sink our country into unsustainable levels of national debt? “When you expand Medicaid, the administrative costs and the cost of expansion will eventually swamp the state,” warned U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL). “It has in other states. Illinois is about to go bankrupt.” States that expanded Medicaid have signed up more than twice as many “able-bodied adults” than expected and per-person costs have exceeded original estimates by a whopping 76%, according to a 2018 report by the Foundation for Government Accountability. This led to cost overruns of 157%, the report showed, with Medicaid now accounting for one of every three state budget dollars. […]

Why Medicare for All Won’t Work: An interview with former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala

Appearing on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL and former HHS Secretary) explained that her constituents tell her they want to keep their private coverage, not be pushed into the one-size-fits-all government-run health care system known as “Medicare for all”:
Rep. Shalala:
“…Out of my own experience and out of what my constituents tell me – they want to keep their private health insurance. They do not necessarily want to go into a government program. For those people who have very good private health insurance, they don’t want to go to a lesser program. Medicare is not as good as many of the private insurance plans we currently have … But, more importantly, why should we spend money when people have good private health insurance? We need to cover those who don’t have coverage now.” […]

Socialized Medicine Is Bad for Your Health

By Avik Roy
National Review, May 16, 2019

In Britain, both health insurance and the delivery of health care is socialized. But the NHS is no paradise. Open a random edition of a British daily newspaper and you will likely encounter an article about some egregious problem that the NHS has failed to solve. For example: NHS doctors routinely conceal from patients information about innovative new therapies that the NHS doesn’t pay for, so as not to “distress, upset or confuse” them; terminally ill patients are incorrectly classified as “close to death” so as to allow the withdrawal of expensive life support; NHS expert guidelines on the management of high cholesterol were intentionally not revised after becoming out of date, putting patients at serious risk in order to save money. […]

This New Democratic Plan Would Ban Private Medicine

By Chris Jacobs
The Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2019

The latest liberal policy idea would effectively end all private health care for many Americans. The proposal, the Medicare for America Act, first appeared as a 2018 paper by the Center for American Progress. It’s been called “the Democratic establishment’s alternative” to Sen. Bernie Sanders’s single-payer scheme and has been framed as a moderate proposal. But the bill is anything but moderate. When Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) reintroduced Medicare for America legislation on May 1, she included a new, radical provision. The revised bill prohibits any medical provider “from entering into a private contract with an individual enrolled under Medicare for America for any item or service coverable under Medicare for America.” Essentially, this would bar program enrollees from paying for health care with their own money. […]

Renewable Term Health Insurance: Better Coverage Than Obamacare

By Chris Pope
The Manhattan Institute, May 16, 2019

Short-Term Limited-Duration Insurance (STLDI), which is exempt from ACA rules, survived as a viable competitive market, offering health coverage priced in proportion to individuals’ risks. But it has been disparaged as “junk insurance” that fails to cover adequate provider networks, offers only catastrophic coverage, makes essential benefits unavailable, helps only young and healthy individuals, undermines protections for those with preexisting conditions, and causes premiums for plans on the ACA’s exchange to soar. This study of the STLDI market finds that each of these claims is false. For equivalent insurance protection, the premiums for STLDI plans are lower than—in some cases, almost half the cost of—premiums on the exchange. The savings to be gained from switching to STLDI are even greater for more comprehensive insurance coverage. […]