Here’s the latest Healthy Competition newsletter from the :
: the Big Picture
- “Bad Medicine: A Guide to the Real Costs and Consequences of the New Health Care Law,” February 14, 2011 – This updated edition of Senior Fellow Michael D. Tanner‘s comprehensive guide to ObamaCare includes new data on the effects of the legislation since enactment.
- “Just Call Me Liar of the Year,” KaiserHealthNews.org, January 24, 2011 – PolitiFact.com awarded “Lie of the Year” to the claim that ObamaCare is a government takeover of health care, but Cato director of health policy studies Michael F. Cannon explains that the “Lie of the Year” award should be put to rest.
- “Can We Stop Calling Them ‘Consumer Protections’ Now?,” KaiserHealthNews.org, January 10, 2011 – Cannon shows how the very ObamaCare provisions that are supposed to help consumers are actually hurting them.
The Costs of ObamaCare
- “Estimating ObamaCare’s Effect on State Medicaid Expenditure Growth,” Cato Institute Working Paper no. 4, January 11, 2011 – Senior Fellow Jagadeesh Gokhale projects that ObamaCare will cost the five most-populous states (California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Texas) far more than other studies have projected.
- “’1099′ Repeal Speaks Volumes About ObamaCare,” KaiserHealthNews.org, February 7, 2011 – Cannon explains why the eagerness to repeal one ObamaCare provision shows the law will increase the deficit.
- “Why Ryan-Rivlin Beats ObamaCare on Costs – and Spending,” Cato@Liberty, February 10, 2011 – Cannon explains vouchers would restrain spending better than ObamaCare.
- “A Dishonest Budget, as Told in One Graph,” Cato@Liberty, February 15, 2011 – Cannon looks at Obama’s budget proposal through the lens of its “doc fix.”
- “President Should Heed Court and Stop Implementing ObamaCare,” Providence Journal, February 16, 2011 – Cannon and Cato Supreme Court Review editor Ilya Shapiro argue that the district court’s decision in Florida v. HHS means the government should stop implementing ObamaCare immediately. (Vinson later concurred with Cannon and Shapiro’s interpretation.)
ObamaCare and the States
- “So This Is Freedom? They Must Be Joking,” KaiserHealthNews.org, March 7, 2011 – Cannon clarifies the only flexibility President Obama is offering states is the option to launch a single-payer health care system.
- “Mitch Daniels’s ObamaCare Problem,” National Review (Online), March 4, 2011 – Cannon notes that the Indiana governor has a health care record that bears similarities to ObamaCare, and may be frustrating the repeal effort.
- “All Governors Should Just Say No to ObamaCare,” KaiserHealthNews.org, February 22, 2011 – Cannon calls on governors to refuse to implement ObamaCare.
- “Alaska’s Parnell Becomes 2nd Gov. to Refuse to Implement ObamaCare,” Cato@Liberty, February 18, 2011 – Cannon reports that Alaska has joined Florida in refusing to implement the new law.
- “Romney Van Winkle,” Cato@Liberty, February 25, 2011 – Cannon writes that Mitt Romney can’t simultaneously support ObamaCare on the state level and oppose it nationally.
- “Time to Play Dr. No,” New York Post, January 2, 2011 – Cannon argues that New York State, facing a massive budget deficit, needs to address its program. Congress can help them by embracing block grants for Medicaid.