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Best Kept Secret In Washington DC: The Future Of Medicare – Forbes

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John C. Goodman

The fact that Medicare has been put on a sound financially footing – for the first time in its history – has never appeared in any official government announcement. Ditto for the fact that the disabled and the elderly may bear a heavy cost along the way.

These facts have not been in the headlines of any major newspaper. They have not been addressed in any news article. To my knowledge they have never been discussed in any opinion editorial. Even more surprising, they are repeatedly ignored by scholars and in scholarly reports at think tanks around the country (other than my own).

Eerie as it may seem, the entire country has been acting as though these incredible public policy changes have never occurred.

Here is a third thing l bet you don’t know. Although Republicans have criticized the “Obama cuts in Medicare spending” as threatening access to care for the elderly, the GOP alternative essentially does exactly the same thing.

What no one bothered to discuss was the much bigger budget story: an enormous reduction in future Medicare spending and its impact on the health and financial well-being of the 54 million people in Medicare.

Here is a bit more detail.

Source: Best Kept Secret In Washington DC: The Future Of Medicare – Forbes

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The Perverse Economics of Obamacare: Earn Less, Get More | International Liberty

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Dan Mitchell

The left-leaning San Francisco Chronicle has a financial advice column that inadvertently show how Obamacare discourages people from earning income.

To put it in even simpler terms, this couple has figured out that they can get almost $14,000 of other people’s money by reducing how much they earn by just $2,000.

That, in a nutshell, is the perfect illustration of the welfare state. It tells people that they can get more by producing less. And the system is based on the theory that there will always be some suckers who work hard to provide the subsidies.

Obamacare was put together by people who don’t understand economics. This is probably the understatement of the year since I could be referring to many features of the bad law. The higher tax…

Source: The Perverse Economics of Obamacare: Earn Less, Get More | International Liberty

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All the Problems plaguing ObamaCare are Solved by These 12 Bold Ideas

The Sessions – Cassidy bill:

Source: Summary | Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research

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Five Things To Know About Obamacare Premiums: A Guide For The Perplexed « Concierge Medicine Today

Five Things To Know About Obamacare Premiums: A Guide For The Perplexed « Concierge Medicine Today.

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Popular Provision Of Obamacare Is Fueling Sticker Shock For Some Consumers – Kaiser Health News

Popular Provision Of Obamacare Is Fueling Sticker Shock For Some Consumers – Kaiser Health News.

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Labor Unions May Get Health Law Tax Relief – Kaiser Health News

 

Unions, a key Obama ally, have increasingly criticized the Affordable Care Act as threatening the generous medical plans held by many members.

 

Eliminating the reinsurance fee was one of several resolutions adopted at the AFL-CIO’s September convention, along with giving union plans access to ACA tax credits for lower-income members.

 

In September the White House said the law disallowed health-law tax credits for union members on top of their company insurance. Now the administration seems to be moving toward part — but not all — of what labor wants on the reinsurance fee.

 

While it intends to waive the fee for 2015 and 2016, unions also wanted it scrapped for 2014, when it will be greatest. Taft-Hartley plans are collectively bargained and run jointly by unions and employers to allow workers to move from job to job without losing coverage.

Labor Unions May Get Health Law Tax Relief – Kaiser Health News.

 

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The More Businesses Learn About Obamacare, The More Reluctant They Are To Hire

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Senate Passes Insurance Industry Aid Bill

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Fed Up With Obamacare, Doctors Increasingly Prefer Cash For Care

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