National Center for Policy Analysis

California Single-Payer Bill Looks Backward, Not Forward to New Era of Patient Choice

Senior Fellow John R. Graham writes at NCPA’s Health blog. A version of this Health Alert was published by the Orange County Register. Here we go again. The California state legislature is considering yet another bill to impose a so-called single-payer, government monopoly, health care system. This …

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Don't Gut the Texas Workers' Comp System

Senior Fellow Pamela Villarreal writes at NCPA’s Taxes and Retirement blog: President Trump has some lofty goals for his first year in office, but during his first month in office, he spent ample time undoing many executive orders ushered in by the Obama administration. One …

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The Logic-Defying CBO Obamacare Replacement Score Breaks Its Own Rules, among Other Problems

Dr. Tom Price, the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, has said the Congressional Budget Office’s recent “score” of the Republican Obamacare replacement bill defies logic. Even worse, it defies the veryrules which govern the CBO. The CBO’s Analysis Is Static. The 2016 Budget Resolution agreed to …

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Veterans Health Administration Realizes it Should Buy, Not Build, Software

Senior Fellow John R. Graham writes at NCPA’s Health blog: Imagine if you learned a government agency built its own office furniture, HVAC, or telephones. Even if there were a massive amount of corruption in government purchasing, it would be remarkable if a bureaucracy could …

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The "Troubles" with Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Senior Fellow Thomas Hemphill writes in Regulation Magazine: Whenever U.S. policymakers and business executives discuss health care, the issue of ever increasing costs quickly arises. And for good reason. According to a recent analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation,U.S. per capita expenditures on health care are expected to increase from $9,695 …

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Great Moments in Government Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Senior Fellow Pamela Villarreal writes at NCPA’s Taxes and Retirement blog: Donald Trump’s proposed “skinny budget” was released last week.  Of course, the outrage and howls of indignation have begun.  Already, there are Twitter hashtags referencing cuts to programs for the poor (#Mealsonwheels is trending) …

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The Economic Effects of Repealing the Affordable Care Act

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently analyzed the effect of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act on federal revenues and the uninsured. There was much hype about their conclusions that 24 million people would be added to the ranks of the uninsured (although about …

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Health Insurance A Cause of Past-Due Debt?

Senior Fellow John R. Graham writes at NCPA’s health blog: A study of past-due medical debt by Michael Karpman and Kyle J. Kaswell of the Urban Institute demonstrates the expansion of coverage subsequent to the Affordable Care Act is associated with a reduction in the proportion of …

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Repealing the ACA Would Bring Economic Growth

The recent CBO analysis of repealing the Affordable Care Act focused on the number of people who become “uninsured” because they would no longer be forced to purchase insurance.  What they didn’t show, however, was how the Affordable Care Act has been a burden to …

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