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Wyoming Legislature Continues to Reject Medicaid Expansion

On Friday, January 22, 2016, the Wyoming Joint Appropriations Committee struck out Governor Matt Mead’s budget proposal to expand Medicaid as provided for under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare.

January 26, 2016
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Why the Obamacare Reconciliation Bill is So Important

On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3762, the Restoring American’s Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, by a vote of 240 to 181, after which it was sent to President Obama.

January 20, 2016
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The Unraveling of Obamacare

Modern Healthcare reported this week that Humana expects to lose 300,000 customers by the end of the year and that it may exit the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges if the market does not turn around for them.

January 12, 2016
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The Other Three Rs

Most of the time “the three Rs” mean reading, writing, and arithmetic.  But for healthcare, what comes to mind are risk adjustment, reinsurance and risk corridors.  These are risk-sharing mechanisms for insurance companies in the Affordable Care Act...

December 18, 2015
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“I Am Sorry, This is Silly”

On Wednesday, December 2, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a hearing on a draft bill entitled the “National Park Service Centennial Act.” The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the legislation, which wo

December 4, 2015
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A Pro Forma Forum?

On Friday, November 20, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) held a conference entitled, “HHS Pharmaceutical Forum: Innovation, Access, Affordability and Better Health.”  The purpose of the forum was to bring together various st

November 25, 2015
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A Baffling Ban on Selling Bottled Water

The most essential nutrient for people is water.  This is particularly true when someone is exercising or otherwise engaged in activities that require more than a “normal” amount of water.  Those activities would include strenuous walking or hiking...

November 19, 2015
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October - What A Month for Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as Obamacare, did not have a very good October and it will only get worse for the President’s vaunted healthcare “reform” plan.  Temporary walls that were built to protect Obamacare from market...

November 3, 2015
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Judge Tells Federal Agency to Obey the Law for Drug Discount Program

On October 14, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia struck down the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) interpretive rule that ordered pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide substantial drug discounts...

October 28, 2015
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More Obamacare CO-OP Dominos Fall

In April, 2015 Citizens Against Government Waste examined Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs), created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare.  They were established as an alternative or compromise to placate several Democratic...

October 23, 2015
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Organic Food: A Healthy Alternative or a Waste of Money?

Organic food is better for you, right?

October 7, 2015
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A Very Good Beginning

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing today.  The title of the hearing said it all, “An Overdue Checkup: Examining the ACA’s State Insurance Marketplaces."  Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW...

September 29, 2015