Testimony presented to the House Ways and Means Committee, July 10, 2013. Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member McDermott, and members of the subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to participate in this very important hearing on the Obama administration’s decision to delay enforcement of the employer mandate enacted in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This unilateral decision raises many more questions than it answers. It als… Read More.
…(Millions) 2013 2015 CBO Est. PPACA HEPSS Est. PPACA HEPSS PPACAReplacement CBO Est. PPACA HEPSS Est. PPACA HEPSS PPACAReplacement Employer-Sponsored 155 158 155 155 155 157 Individually-Owned 24 25 33 36 39 60 Medicaid 37 35 36 47 44 38 Uninsured 55 53 54 37 36 29 272 271 278 276 274 283 Budgetary Effects. We estimate that the added costs of providing ta… Read More.
…percent because of rising use and more intensive treatment per condition.4 And, of course, because physicians are essentially the gatekeepers of the delivery system, as use of their services rises, so does use of every other aspect of medical care, including days in hospitals, outpatient center procedures, lab tests, and prescription drug consumption. MEDICARE’S SIZE AND INFLUENCE Medicare’s influence on the overall structure of the service-deli… Read More.
…zation hypothesis in this type of data, that we all end up like Vermont, and then Vermont ends up like Sweden – (Laughter.) – and that’s where America is headed. And that seems heightened by the generational aspect of what you’re talking about. DR. LUGO: Yes. MR. GERSON: So how does that relate to the broader question, the tie between just modernity and the decline of institutional religion? DR. LUGO: Yes, in fact, I’… Read More.
…She continues: He did not avoid disagreement; there was nothing wimpish about him. But he confronted it with such good nature and good humor that he always won the argument (he would never, of course, have called it that) by default, so to speak. It is not often that the person and the philosopher are so totally congruent. The “conservative disposition” – the disposition to enjoy what is rather than pining for what might be, to appreciate the gi… Read More.