Obamacare’s Implementation Poses Grave, But Largely Unknown Risks For Beneficiaries – Forbes

September 30, 2013

The American people are likely unaware of the risks they face in disclosing their personal medical and financial information to strangers through the enrollment programs and have not been well informed of the potential for state entities to violate federal laws during the implementation of the ACA.

via Obamacare’s Implementation Poses Grave, But Largely Unknown Risks For Beneficiaries – Forbes.

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Who Knew That blood, Sweat And Tears Could Start A Health Care Revolution? – Forbes

September 30, 2013

The staid world of diagnostic testing is about to undergo a major disruption with huge advances in sensors and sensing technologies that live in or on our bodies, within our homes and offices, and even within our computers and networks.

via Who Knew That blood, Sweat And Tears Could Start A Health Care Revolution? – Forbes.


Obamacare: Wrong in practice, wrong in theory – Politics and Public Opinion – AEI

September 30, 2013

A new analysis from the Clayton Christensen Institute outlines the way many aspects of Obamacare discourage the sort of disruptive innovation that makes previously pricey and complicated products more accessible to more people. For instance, the highly regulated exchanges “essentially put a floor on the low end of coverage, thus limiting opportunities for entrants to provide different types of coverage and methods of care delivery.”Obamacare’s operating system might be fixable; its faulty economic logic surely isn’t.

via Obamacare: Wrong in practice, wrong in theory – Politics and Public Opinion – AEI.


ObamaCare Employer Mandate Pushes Low-Wage Workweek To Record Low – Investors.com

September 27, 2013

The 29 million non-managerial workers in private-sector industries which pay up to about $14.50 per hour, on average, put in a 27.4-hour week, a level previously matched only at the depths of the recession in 2009.

As the recovery began that summer, average weekly hours staged a recovery that erased most of the recession’s decline. But the workweek recovery began to reverse in early 2012, and the drop-off has accelerated in 2013 — just as the onset of ObamaCare’s employer mandate created new incentives for employers to restrict workers to fewer than 30 hours per week.

via ObamaCare Employer Mandate Pushes Low-Wage Workweek To Record Low – Investors.com.


Health Affairs Briefing: Economic Trends And Quality Trade-Offs – Health Affairs Blog

September 27, 2013

Please join Health Affairs Founding Editor John Iglehart on Tuesday, October 8, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, for a Health Affairs briefing at which we will unveil the October 2013 thematic, “Economic Trends And Quality Trade-offs.”

Panels will spotlight two noteworthy studies from the issue: .“Substantial Health And Economic Returns From Delayed Aging May Warrant A New Focus For  Medical Research”“Trends Underlying Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Growth For Americans Younger Than Age 65″

WHEN:         Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 8:30 – 11:00 am

WHERE:      National Press Club,529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC

via Health Affairs Briefing: Economic Trends And Quality Trade-Offs – Health Affairs Blog.


Roll It Back | The Weekly Standard

September 27, 2013

Far from giving up, Republicans need to redouble their efforts to repeal and replace. That requires a robust debate within the party on the best political strategy (not to mention the best candidates to present the case against the law) as well as vigorous policy work to find solid and salable alternatives to Obama’s $1.4 trillion boondoggle. That Democrats are claiming the Republicans have violated unwritten laws about political probity is actually the surest sign yet that the Grand Old Party is on the right track.

via Roll It Back | The Weekly Standard.


The Fall of the Heritage Foundation and the Death of Republican Ideas – Molly Ball – The Atlantic

September 26, 2013

In my interviews with them, Heritage officials could recite chapter and verse on why Heritage turned against the individual mandate — a turn, they claim, that occurred before Romney or Obama adopted the idea. “We still believe universal coverage is a good idea,” Truluck said. But none of the four Heritage officials I interviewed could tell me offhand how the foundation proposes to reform health care and cover the uninsured if Obamacare is scrapped. (Later, an assistant followed up by emailing me links to Heritage papers on “putting patients first,” regulating the health-insurance market, and Medicare reform.)

via The Fall of the Heritage Foundation and the Death of Republican Ideas – Molly Ball – The Atlantic.