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Volume 6, Number 31
November 20, 2009


"54 percent of Americans favor making it harder to sue doctors and hospitals for mistakes taking care of patients".

Source: Associated Press

In the Spotlight

Bending the Health-Care Cost Curve—Upward

Paul Howard, City Journal, 11-18-09

Remember when President Obama said that the goal of health-care reform was to save money? The bill that passed the House a week and a half ago, according to the Senate Budget Committee, would cost a whopping $3 trillion after being fully implemented—more than three times the $900 billion that the president had promised. It turns out that Obama's oft-stated pledge that reform would "bend the cost curve" was accurate: the House bill would bend the curve straight up. Expect more of the same from the Senate's version when Democrats' bill in that chamber emerges, probably later today—earlier drafts came equally loaded with budget gimmicks, phantom cuts, and taxes on the middle class to go along with massive subsidies to the uninsured to buy government-mandated health plans. The Congressional Budget Office scored the cost of the coverage expansions in an earlier Senate version as rising at 8 percent annually. President Obama has repeatedly promised that health reform would lower costs, yet independent observers, from the CBO to Richard Foster, the chief actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, have repeatedly said just the opposite. What gives?
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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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Bending the Health-Care Cost Curve—Upward

Experts Discuss analyze the current healthcare bills and how they will affect long term health care inflation, tax, and goverment spending trends in our "Second Opinion" Expert Forum!

This Week's Expert Panel:   • Josh Barro
  • Thomas Miller
  • Richard Ralston

Click here to read their second opinions.

On November 10, 2009, Manhattan Institute senior fellow David Gratzer's new broadside, Why Obama's Government Takeover of Health-Care Will Be a Disaster (Encounter Books, November 2009) has been officially released.

Dr. Gratzer shows why socialized medicine will make America sick and by examining the realities of existing health care in this country, he reveals how basic free market reforms can revive the private system we already have, without ruining the patient/doctor relationship, stifling scientific advances, and further devastating our economy. Order your copy here.

. . .World War II Veteran Jack Tagg is losing vision in his right eye. He suffers from macular degeneration, a progressive illness that causes blindness. A drug could slow the deterioration, but the government refuses to pay for it. Why? He's not blind enough. With his left eye spared so far, a government panel has denied funding the pharmaceutical even though his doctor feels it's needed. . .
Read full excerpt here.

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