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Volume 6, Number 26
October 16, 2009


Premiums will increase 26 percent between 2009 and 2013 under the current system and by 40 percent during this same period if provisions in the Senate Finance Committee proposal are implemented.

Source: Price Waterhouse Coopers

In the Spotlight

The Baucus Bill Is a Tax Bill
Middle-class families would get hit with a double-digit increase in their marginal tax rate

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Wall Street Journal, 10-13-09

Remember when health-care reform was supposed to make life better for the middle class? That dream began to unravel this past summer when Congress proposed a bill that failed to include any competition-based reforms that would actually bend the curve of health-care costs. It fell apart completely when Democrats began papering over the gaping holes their plan would rip in the federal budget.
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· Medical Device Recalls and the FDA Approval Process, Zuckerman, D. M., Brown, P., Nissen, S. E., Archives of Internal Medicine, 6-14-11
· Patent Reform Gets Key Support in House, Julian Pecquet, The Hill, 6-14-11
· $4.3 Billion Pledged at Vaccine Fund-Raiser, Donald G. McNeil Jr., New York Times, 6-13-2011
· Physicians Leaving Practices for health System Employment, Karen Cheung, FierceHealthcare, 6-13-11

More Headlines >>


· Marco Rubio takes on 'Medi-scare' Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post, 6-13-11
· 'Vouchercare' Is the Right Name for Medicare Laurence Kotlikoff, Bloomberg, 6-15-11
· Built To Fail: Health Insurance Exchanges Under The Affordable Care Act
· Can Exchanges Help Consumers Get Good Value Insurance? Depends On Where You Live Sabrina Corlette, Kaiser Health News, 6-15-11
· The ObamaCare Bad News Continues Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal, 6-16-11
· ObamaCare's Economic Flaws Doug Holtz-Eakin, Investor's Business Daily, 6-8-11

More Commentary >>


· Why States Are So Miffed about Medicaid Economics, Politics, and the "Woodwork Effect", Benjamin D. Sommers et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 6-15-11
· Auditing Access to Specialty Care for Children with Public Insurance, Joanna bisgaier et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 6-16-11
· Moving Beyond Fee-For-Service: The Case for Managed Care in Medicaid, Michael Ramlet and Carey Lafferty, American Action Forum, 6-14-11
· The New Gold Rush: Prospectors are Hoping to Mine Opportunities in the Healthcare Industry, Health Research Institute, PricewatershouseCoopers, 6-14-11
· Active Purchasing for Health Insurance Exchanges: An Analysis of Options, Sabrina Corlette and JoAnn Volk, RWJF, 6-14-11

More Research>>

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The Baucus Bill Is a Tax Bill

On Tuesday, October 13, 2009 the Manhattan Institute's Center for Legal Policy, released Trial Lawyers Inc. Update: Healthcare. This report examines the detrimental effect health related litigation has on healthcare costs and defensive medicine practices.
Here's what is stopping tort reform Jim Copland, Washington Examiner, 10-14-09
Malpractice from Manhattan David Freddoso, Washington Examiner, 10-14-09
Medical malpractice litigation blamed for rising health care costs Chris Rizo, Southeast Texas Record, 10-13-09 (This story also appeared on Legal Newsline, 10-13-09)
Lawyers are expensive Corrine Hess, Milwaukee Business Journal, 10-13-09
Jim Copland on WLW's "The Mike McConnell Show", 10-15-09
Jim Copland on WIBA's "Upfront with Vicki McKenna", 10-15-09
Jim Copland on WBAL's "The Ron Smith Show", 10-14-09
Jim Copland on Westwood One's "The Lars Larson Show", 10-13-09
The Lobby the Democrats Dare Not Offend, Paul Howard, NRO's Critical Condition, 10-13-09
Legal Reform in Health Care: Realistic Cost Analyses,, 10-13-09
Trial Lawyers Inc. update: health care, Walter Olson,, 10-13-09

Podcast Series

Jim Copland, director of the Center for Legal Policy, talks to Paul Howard, director of the Center for Medical Progress, the new Manhattan Institute report, Trial Lawyers Inc, Update: Healthcare.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

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