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Nicole Gelinas & Paul Howard, City Journal
Thu, 2012-06-28

"The Roberts court declared this threat unconstitutional, finding that Washington could use the carrot (dangling new money) but not the stick (withdrawing old money). The states, when they initially signed up for Medicaid, could not have anticipated that Congress would one day enact a law that caused Medicaid to be 'no longer a program to care for the neediest among us, but rather an element of a comprehensive national plan to provide universal health insurance coverage,' the Court reasoned."

James C. Capretta, The Heritage Foundation
Thu, 2012-06-21

"The following are just four of the worst features of Obamacare; there are many other aspects of the law that would be damaging. And all of these features could remain threats to the strength of the economy and quality of American health care if the Court upholds the law or severs the unconstitutional provisions from the rest of the legislation. That is why Congress must stand ready to repeal the rest of Obamacare in the event that the Court does not invalidate the entire thing."

Drew Gonshorowski, The Heritage Foundation
Thu, 2012-06-21

"While it is too early to make a definitive connection, it appears that the regulation encourages young adults to switch from obtaining coverage on their own, where they will pay additional costs, to obtaining coverage as dependents, where parents and parents’ employers will foot the bill. The regulation hence simply shifts costs from one group of people (young adults) to another (their parents and parents’ employers). This sort of distortion contributes to increases in premiums that the Administration expects in response to the regulation."

Diane Cohen & Michael F. Cannon, Cato Institute
Thu, 2012-06-14

"IPAB’s unelected members will have effectively unfettered power to impose taxes and ration care for all Americans, whether the government pays their medical bills or not. In some circumstances, just one political party or even one individual would have full command of IPAB’s lawmaking powers. IPAB truly is independent, but in the worst sense of the word. It wields power independent of Congress, independent of the president, independent of the judiciary, and independent of the will of the people."

James Capretta, e21: Economic Policies for the 21st Century
Wed, 2012-06-13

"Very soon, the Supreme Court will be rendering judgment on the constitutionality of ObamaCare. It is one of the most highly anticipated decisions in decades, and for good reason. Whatever the outcome, it’s going to be a political earthquake. The only question is the degree to which it will shake up the political and policy landscape."

Richard Epstein, Health Affairs
Mon, 2012-06-11

"The ACA is a classic illustration of placing a persuasive title on a controversial statute to conceal its deep internal weaknesses. There is no way that one can “protect patients” by restricting, either through private employers or public exchanges, the choices they have in the type of plans they can join. It would be impossible for the statute to make health care more affordable when it piles major mandates on private plans, which could make them too costly to operate at all."

Michael Ramlet, Robert Book, & Han Zhong, American Action Forum
Mon, 2012-06-04

"To develop a more conservative projection of the likely reduction in employment, we estimated the relationship between revenue and employment in the industry. Through our analysis, we found that an average of 1.274 direct industry jobs and 2.210 indirect jobs are lost per year for each $1 million reduction in industry revenue that year."

Rita E. Numerof, Ph.D., The Galen Institute
Mon, 2012-06-04

"The purpose of this paper is to describe why the health insurance exchanges defined in PPACA won’t work, won’t increase access to affordable health care, and won’t do anything to improve health outcomes or increase value. The solution to affordable coverage isn’t to be found in these new bureaucracies, but rather in reducing barriers to competition and consumer choice and removing regulations that make coverage unaffordable today."

Ken Hershey, Medical Progress Today
Thu, 2012-05-24

"This case thus illustrates a serious danger latent in the "comparative effectiveness research" approach taken by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: mass studies of how different treatments affect large swaths of people are not likely to pick up the subtleties and nuances in treatment effectiveness that can vary from person to person based on a whole range factors that determine each individual's unique biochemistry."

Scott Gottlieb, M.D., House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet Testimony
Fri, 2012-05-18

"[T]he only sure way that we’re going to bend the cost curve is by coming up with fundamentally new ways to deliver healthcare services that improve efficiencies and enable us to get more medical care for each dollar we spend. These ideas are going to come forward the same way better ideas have always arisen – from start-ups backed by entrepreneurs, supported by investment capital, coming together in search of profits. Yet PPACA contains provisions that I fear tilt against these kinds of innovations. The legislation relies instead on arrangements that could serve to entrench existing players."

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