The Nation’s Budget Challenges Haven’t Changed
The nation’s primary budgetary challenges haven’t gone away. Absent serious reform, the entitlement-spending surge will force deep cuts in the rest of the budget, or a very large tax increase, or will trigger a debt crisis. Read More.
How Obama Killed the Grand Bargain
The president chose to put other priorities ahead of forging a deal on the budget with his adversaries. For that, he will be held accountable by those writing the history of his presidency. Read More.
Obamacare and the New Medicare Trustees’ Report
Medicare’s actuaries have again told us that the real state of the program’s financial outlook is far worse than the official projections indicate. That’s because the cuts to Medicare contained in Obamacare are so irrational and blunt that they will almost certainly be reversed. Read More.
It’s Not ‘Universal Coverage’
Despite the rhetoric, there’s little prospect that Obamacare will actually deliver on “universal coverage.” It should be viewed instead as an expensive new health-entitlement program with Medicaid’s shortcomings. Read More.
Winning the Obamacare Fight
The defects of Obamacare will go a long way toward convincing the public that there must be a better way. But the congressional GOP should also take steps to build its case and gain the upper hand in the argument. Read More.
Cost Estimates for a PPACA Replacement Plan
A new, independent cost estimating model shows that a decentralized, market-based reform program can broaden insurance coverage even more than Obamacare – and without the massive federal power grab and mandates of the 2010 law. Read More.
The Role of Medicare Fee-for-Service in Inefficient Health Care Delivery
Medicare’s original fee-for-service insurance design is the most important reason that American health care is costly and inefficient. It will not be possible to control costs without significant changes in Medicare’s financial incentives. Read More.
Medicaid Overhaul Must Focus on Long-Term Care
Medicaid needs fundamental reform. Changes implemented by the states could reduce dependence on nursing homes and cut costs. Read More.
It’s Time to Delay Obamacare
The unintended consequences of Obamacare’s conflicting objectives will be compounded by a poorly managed effort to put it into effect. If there is no delay in the law’s implementation, next year will be the scene of an epic disaster. Read More.
A Budget to Reject
The president wants a $1.1 trillion ten-year tax hike and no cut in total federal spending. The GOP rejected a similar budget offer from the president late last year, and should do so again. Read More.
The President’s Budget Is No Move Toward the Center
The president’s budget increases the risk of a debt crisis. If the economic assumptions are optimistic (and there’s good reason to think all of them are), then the budget outlook will be far worse than advertised. Read More.
Federal Grant Funding is Key to Medicaid Reform in Texas
With a federal Medicaid block grant, Texas could pursue reforms that would ensure the long-term sustainability of the program and improve health outcomes for those who currently rely on it. Read More.
More on Medicaid Reform in Texas
Medicaid is pushing federal and state budgets to the breaking point. Reform should focus on predictable and affordable costs for taxpayers and better services for the program’s beneficiaries. Read More.
End Medicaid’s Crony Federalism
The GOP governors who are directly negotiating with the White House over Medicaid are throwing away a historic opportunity to secure fundamental and lasting reform of the program. Read More.
Recasting Conservative Economics
It is essential to dispel that myth that conservative economic ideas caused the crash of 2008. But conservatives must also offer voters an evidence-based plan for sound and sustainable growth in the years ahead. Read More.
Saving Seniors and Our Most Vulnerable Citizens from an Entitlement Crisis
The consequences of a national debt crisis would be disastrous for the most vulnerable segments of society. Elected leaders should lower the risk by enacting gradual reforms of the nation’s major entitlement programs. Read More.
To Save Medicare, Change the Model
Today’s seniors rely on Medicare for access to needed medical care. Congressman Ryan’s plan honors that commitment even as it also secures Medicare for future generations. Read More.
Obama’s Sequester Scare Tactics
The president is purposefully making the sequester unpleasant for American citizens. The sequester is a blunt instrument that is less desirable than sensibly targeted cuts, but that is no reason to administer it irresponsibly. Read More.
The Top Ten Health-Care Bills for 2013
Full repeal of Obamacare is not going to happen in the short term, but that does not mean the struggle is over. The House should pass a series of bills which make clear there is strong bipartisan opposition to the law’s worst features. Read More.