Sentinel Doctor Legislative Strategy Call 02/23/17

Yesterday, conservatives working in the health care industry all came together for our monthly Doctor Legislative Strategy Call. Heritage Foundation health care policy expert Edmund Haislmaier joined us on the call to discuss the current Obamacare enrollment numbers and how Congress should repeal and replace Obamacare.

If you were unable to join us on the call yesterday, please listen to the recorded version below.


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Obamacare in “Death Spiral” As Insurers Continue To Drop Out

As the fight to repeal Obamacare drags on, another insurer has called it quits. Last…

Heritage Expert Testifies Before Congress on the Failures of Obamacare

The House Budget Committee held a hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to discuss Obamacare’s negative…

8 Reasons Why Obamacare Should Be Repealed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7_Nwt7U0XI By Alyene Senger, Healthcare Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation As the debate over…

8 Reasons Why Obamacare Should Be Repealed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7_Nwt7U0XI By Alyene Senger, Healthcare Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation As the debate over repealing Obamacare intensifies, it’s important to remember the law’s most glaring failures. Here are eight: 1) Costs Despite repeated promises of premium reductions, Obamacare has delivered major increases. In the employer-sponsored market, costs continue to…

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Conservatives Are Flooding Town Halls, Too. I Know, I’m One of Them.

By Ed Smith, Heritage Action Sentinel Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a town hall event in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., spent about an hour offering her vision for congressional action and fielding questions. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and acting…

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Congress Should Vote “Yes” on Disapproval of the HHS Rule Requiring Federal Funds to go to Planned Parenthood

Key Vote: "YES" on Disapproval of the HHS Rule Requiring Title X Funds to go to Planned Parenthood This week the House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.J.Res. 43, sponsored by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), a disapproval resolution of the final rule submitted by Obama’s Secretary of Health…

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Momentum Grows on Capitol Hill for a 2015 Obamacare Repeal Repeat

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus (HFC) voted Monday to oppose an Obamacare repeal reconciliation bill that falls short of what Congress passed in 2015 and what then President Obama vetoed in 2016. The 2015 Obamacare repeal bill, H.R. 3762, got rid of the Obamacare subsidies, mandates, taxes, funding…

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What to Expect from Dr. Tom Price in his first 100 Days

Rep. Tom Price was recently confirmed as Health and Human Services Secretary. Hear from Heritage Foundation health care scholar Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. on what we can expect from him in his first 100 days.…

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Why Delaying Obamacare Repeal Is Hurting the American People

By Sondra Clark, Digital Director of Heritage Action When President Donald Trump took office, repeal of Obamacare seemed like a guarantee—and then the timeline started slipping. All the elements are in place: A Republican-controlled Congress and a Republican president, all elected after promising to repeal Obamacare. But once the celebration…

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Is Health Care a Right?

As Congress drags its feet on repealing Obamacare, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) took a primetime slot on CNN to debate the healthcare law’s future. The debate focused largely around the fallout of Obamacare and possible replacement reforms moving forward, but also brought to light a fundamental…

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CBO Indicates Insurance Mandates can be repealed through Budget Reconciliation

Some Republican members of Congress have indicated convoluted Senate rules mean they cannot repeal all of Obamacare through reconciliation. Those Republicans cite the Senate Parliamentarian as the main procedural obstacle because it is not clear that the insurance mandates have a budgetary impact. However, it was recently reported that a…

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Congress Can Stop D.C. Physician Assisted Suicide Law

By Gloria Taylor Last fall, the D.C. City Council approved the Death With Dignity Act. This bill allows doctors to prescribe lethal medication to patients deemed terminally ill. But by legalizing physician assisted suicide, the D.C. council sends a message all but dignifying the notion that sanctify of life does…

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Polls Show Personal Experience With Obamacare Increases Opposition

By Elizabeth Fender, market research associate at the Heritage Foundation As Congress comes closer to repealing Obamacare, proponents of the law have mounted a vocal defense of it, touting both its necessity and popularity among those it has helped. But public opinion polls tell a different story. Obamacare was passed…

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Competition and Choice Still Absent in Obamacare Exchanges

As lawmakers continue to delay repealing Obamacare, The Heritage Foundation released new research highlighting the abject failure of the law’s insurance exchanges. When selling the law, the Obama Administration said over 30 times, “If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan.” After…

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Obamacare Repeal Timeline Slipping

Washington — Last week, interim House Budget Chairwoman Diane Black (R-TN) 85% told reporters in Philadelphia to “expect that (Obamacare repeal) probably toward the latter part of February, or the first part of March.” Her comments came as congressional Republicans first self-imposed deadline passed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)…

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How to Talk About Repeal and Replace of Obamacare

By Beverly Hallberg,  President of District Media Group It’s no secret that conservatives love numbers. Numbers are often cited as reasons one, two, and three to change an existing law or introduce a new initiative. Numbers matter. Numbers should be used to defend whatever policy position you take. But Americans don’t…

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4 Ways The Patient Freedom Act Is Worse Than Obamacare

By Chris Jacobs, President of Juniper Research Group Last week, I wrote about how the Patient Freedom Act—introduced by senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Susan Collins (R-ME)—would dramatically expand taxpayer funding of abortions, even when compared to Obamacare. But that’s not the only way in which their bill (S. 191)…

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Conservatives, GOP Committee Chairs Back Away From Bill Allowing States That Like Obamacare to Keep Obamacare

By Melissa Quinn, senior news reporter for The Daily Signal PHILADELPHIA–Republican leaders in Congress appear to be backing away from a plan supported by four GOP senators that would’ve kept Obamacare in place for states that like the law. According to a senior Republican aide, GOP committee chairmen, as well as…

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Congressional Delay Threatens Obamacare Repeal

By James Wallner, Group Vice President for Research at The Heritage Foundation The effort to repeal Obamacare may be headed in the wrong direction. That it could be so was unthinkable just a few short weeks ago when the GOP triumphantly returned to our nation’s capital with majorities in the…

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Sentinel Doctor Legislative Strategy Call 01/25/17

Yesterday, conservatives working in the health care industry all came together for our monthly Doctor Legislative Strategy Call. President of Juniper Research Group - Chris Jacobs - joined us on the call to discuss how Congress should repeal Obamacare and what to replace it with. If you were unable to join us…

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5 Things Tom Price should do in his first 100 days as HHS Secretary

This is the opportunity we've all been waiting for.…

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White House: Centrist GOP Senators’ Obamacare Plan at Odds With Trump’s Vision

By Fred Lucas, White House correspondent for The Daily Signal The White House seemed less than enthusiastic about one Senate Republican plan that would allow states to keep Obamacare, stressing President Donald Trump’s opposition to mandates that drive down competition. On Monday, four Republican senators released the text of the Patient…

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Why Obamacare’s ‘20 Million’ Number Is Fake

By Genevieve Wood, Senior Contributor to the Daily Signal Liberals are notorious for caring about “groups” of people, but when it gets down to individual persons, not so much. You’re about to see this play out in spades as Democrats cry crocodile tears over the coming repeal of Obamacare. You…

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“YES” On No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion (H.R. 7)

This week the House will vote on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017 (H.R. 7). Sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ), the bill would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal taxpayer funding of abortion and health benefits plans that include coverage…

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Full Repeal: The Insurance Mandates Need to Go

By Gloria Taylor Last week, both the House and Senate took the first step toward fully repealing Obamacare. Each chamber passed a budget resolution with instructions for the relevant committees to begin writing the budget reconciliation repeal bill. This process, called budget reconciliation, allows Obamacare repeal to pass with a…

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What Comes After Repeal? How to Fix American Health Care, Part 2

By Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint Thursday, I laid out the case for why Obamacare should be repealed, instead of propped up and tinkered on by additional top-down, boardroom thinking. It’s clear that whatever replaces Obamacare must focus on quality and incremental local solutions, not one-size-fits-all government mandates. In this…

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House Panel Drops Report on Planned Parenthood and StemExpress

By Gloria Taylor This week, StemExpress dropped their suit against The Center For Medical Progress (CMP). CMP began releasing undercover videos during the summer of 2015 exposing the role of Planned Parenthood and StemExpress in selling aborted baby parts for profit. StemExpress’ decision to walk away comes on the heels…

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“Yes” On Obamacare Repeal Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 3)

Last night, the Senate took the first step toward repealing Obamacare by passing a concurrent resolution (S. Con. Res. 3) by a final vote of 51 to 48. This resolution, if passed by the House, will allow Congress to pass a reconciliation bill repealing Obamacare soon after President Trump takes office.…

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Holding Obamacare Repeal Hostage for Replace Guarantees Its Defeat

By James Wallner, Ph.D., Group Vice President for research at The Heritage Foundation After six years of pushing for a repeal of Obamacare, some on the right are now critiquing Congress’ effort for repeal. Their arguments do more to confuse the issue than to present a viable path forward for eliminating…

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NC Governor Promises Medicaid Expansion Despite Looming Obamacare Repeal

By Gloria Taylor Just days after being sworn into office, the new Governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, announced his intention to expand the state’s Medicaid program under Obamacare. Gov. Cooper narrowly beat incumbent Pat McCrory, who refused the expansion back in 2014. Members of North Carolina’s General Assembly, still…

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Why the Repeal of Obamacare Must Come Before Replace

President Obama met with Democrats this week in a last ditch effort to save his signature healthcare law. But instead of working on a strategy to help Republicans repeal and then replace Obamacare with reforms that would expand choice, improve care and lower costs, Democrats came up with a new…

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The Obamacare Executive Orders Trump Could Issue on Day One

By Melissa Quinn, Senior News Report for the Daily Signal President-elect Donald Trump may be following President Barack Obama’s lead come Jan. 20, using executive orders to roll back parts of the outgoing president’s signature health care law. During a meeting with Republicans on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Vice President-elect Mike…

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Cruz, Lee, Rubio Call on Senate Leaders to Repeal ‘As Many Provisions of Obamacare As Possible’

By Melissa Quinn, Senior News Reporter for the Daily Signal Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, and Marco Rubio of Florida are reaffirming their support for repealing Obamacare using reconciliation this year, but are calling on Senate leaders to craft a bill that goes further than…

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6 Political New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make

By Sondra Clark, Digital Director of Heritage Action As the calendar year ends, minds quickly turn to losing weight, eating healthy, saving money, and spending more time with family. But just as 2016 caused us to rethink politics, it’s time to rethink this year’s New Year’s resolutions. The voice of the…

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Obamacare Repeal Must Be on Day One: Congress Has No Excuses

By Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint In less than three weeks’ time, when Donald Trump becomes our next president, he will take an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. It is fitting, then, that Trump has committed to repealing and replacing one of his…

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Sentinel Doctor Strategy Call 12/21/16

Last week, conservatives working in the health care industry all came together for our monthly Professional Sentinel Doctor Strategy Call. During the call, we discussed the current state of Obamacare and what Congress should do to repeal it and then replace it with a series of free-market reforms. If you were unable to…

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Medicaid Expansion Leaves Thousands Waiting in Line

By Gloria Taylor A November report from Illinois Policy, surveying data from the Illinois Department of Human Services, highlights the serious consequences of federal bureaucracy getting entangled in health care. Since the Illinois General Assembly voted to expand Medicaid in 2013, 752 Illinoisans have died waiting for health care due…

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Liberal Doctor Group Forms after AMA Backs Price for HHS Director

Last month, President-elect Donald Trump chose anti-Obamacare Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) to be the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The American Medical Association (AMA) was quick to respond releasing a statement of support for Dr. Price: “The American Medical Association strongly supports…

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Why Congress Should Fully Repeal Obamacare through Budget Reconciliation

Since Obamacare was first signed into law in 2010, Republicans promised to repeal it, campaigned in Senate and House races to repeal it, and voted over 60 times to repeal parts or all of President Obama’s failed healthcare law. Earlier this year, President Obama vetoed an Obamacare repeal bill (H.R.…

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How Premium Support in Medicare can help solve the Physician Payment Problem and Expand Patient Choice

The challenge of reimbursing physicians for services done in Medicare has been a long and ongoing problem. In the late 90s and early 2000s, Congress attempted to control healthcare spending by lowering reimbursement payments under the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) mechanism, but this proved politically challenging. From 2002 to 2015…

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Federal Court Puts Another Nail in the Coffin for Obamacare Bailouts

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed to a request from House Republicans to delay a lawsuit aimed at one of the three insurer bailouts written into Obamacare known as cost-sharing subsidies. The Obama administration has been providing these subsidies, against the will of Congress,…

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Potential Solutions for Health Care Reform Post Obamacare

Earlier this week, President-elect Donald Trump announced Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as his pick for secretary of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Rep. Price is a staunch opponent of Obamacare and has nearly 20 years of experience in the health care industry as an orthopedic surgeon prior to…

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Congress Set to Vote on 1,000 Page Omnibus Health Care Spending Bill

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on an updated version of the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34). Sponsored by Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), this 996-page document appropriates an additional $6.3 billion to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),…

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What You Need to Know About Tom Price, Trump’s Pick For HHS Secretary

By Melissa Quinn, senior news reporter for the Daily Signal President-elect Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Rep. Tom Price, a Republican from Georgia, is his pick for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. “Chairman Price, a renowned physician, has earned a reputation for being a tireless problem…

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3 Things Congress Must Do to Prepare for a Trump Administration

By Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham Earlier this month, voters all across the country shocked the political and media establishments. America’s message was simple: We are tired of corrupt insider dealing in Washington and the self-serving nature of the establishment political class. This didn’t happen by chance. Millions of…

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Obamacare ‘Insurer Bailouts’ Become Less Likely Under President Trump

By Melissa Quinn, senior news reporter for the Daily Signal Insurance companies hoping for relief in the form of changes to two Obamacare programs may end up disappointed now that President-elect Donald Trump is preparing to take the White House. Obamacare’s risk corridor and reinsurance programs sunset at the end…

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Preparing a Smooth Transition for the Repeal of Obamacare

By Nina Owcharenko and Edmund F. Haislmaier, The Heritage Foundation It is vital that the new Administration, Congress, and state officials orchestrate a smooth and methodical transition for the repeal of Obamacare. For this smooth transition to take place, Congress should act immediately to initiate repeal and the Administration should…

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Republicans Begin to Unite Around Obamacare Repeal Plan

By Melissa Quinn, Senior News Reporter for the Daily Signal House and Senate budget leaders, along with conservative lawmakers, are beginning to unite around a proposal that would avoid a filibuster from Senate Democrats and put a bill repealing key provisions of Obamacare on President-elect Donald Trump’s desk not long…

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Professional Sentinel Strategy Call 11/10/16

Last week, conservatives working in the business, real estate, and medical industries all came together for a unique, monthly Professional Sentinel Strategy Call. During the call, we discussed the current state of Obamacare and what President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans in the House and Senate should do about it. Special guest…

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Americans face high costs, fewer choices on Obamacare’s Fourth Open Enrollment

By Gloria Taylor Last week marked the start of open enrollment for Obamacare. While the exchange websites may not be crashing and burning this year, consumers have a whole new set of headaches to deal with. As the consequences of failed liberal policy continue to unfold, open enrollment highlights the…

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No More Obamacare

By Congressman John C. Fleming, M.D. President Obama compared his failing health care law to a starter home that needs improvements. A few more major renovations and it should be good to go, or so he believes. The President even offered solutions to addressing the law’s most troubling areas, including combating…

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The Next 71 Days

Washington — On Tuesday, Americans voted to give Republicans control of the House, Senate and White House. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham: This week, the American people rose up and resoundingly rejected the status quo. President Obama and the current Congress need…

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Healthcare Reform Needs to be Top Priority for Presidential Contenders

By Jason Fodeman, Sentinel Doctor and a practicing physician in Philadelphia Recently the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the premiums for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans will increase by an average of 25 percent next year. While the numbers are striking, particularly for a law that was…

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The Health Care Plan That Promises to Protect Your Religious Beliefs

By Rachel del Guidice, the Heritage Foundation With open enrollment for Obamacare now open, one health care organization is encouraging people to purchase insurance coverage that respects their conscience and religious beliefs. CMF CURO, a Catholic living health care ministry offered by the Christ Medicus Foundation, gives customers coverage consistent…

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Taxpayer Subsidies Won’t Fix Obamacare

By Dr. Robert Moffit, Health Care Policy Expert at the Heritage Foundation The Affordable Care Act has a serious “affordability” problem. For President Barack Obama, the latest round of insurance cost hikes once again undercut his iconic—and repetitive—promise: Obamacare would not only control, but actually reduce (by $2,500 annually) the “typical”…

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Medicaid is Failing Low-Income Americans

By Gloria Taylor A new study released last week by the New England Journal of Medicine shows the expansion of Medicaid in Oregon has led to a persistent increase in ER visits. This report comes on the heels of the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment. In 2008, Oregon expanded its Medicaid…

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In Desperate Push to Save Dying Obamacare, President Wants to Bail Out Insurers

By William Wolfe, Heritage Action Deputy Director of Policy Initiatives and Coalitions The death knell for Obamacare has been rung. President Barack Obama’s own Department of Health and Human Services confirmed this week that Americans will experience double-digit premium hikes on their health care plans beginning Nov. 1. In fact,…

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Doctor Sentinel Strategy Call 10/26/16

Yesterday, conservative doctors from across the country joined together for our very first monthly Sentinel Doctor Strategy call. We provided an introduction to the program, an overview of the most important issues facing the health care industry, and the latest regarding legislative efforts to stop Obamacare insurer bailouts. If you weren’t able to…

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Obamacare Premiums will Increase by 25 Percent Next Year

Yesterday, President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed what many private companies and studies already said – Obamacare is about to get even more expensive. In a statement released by HHS, the Obama administration admitted that insurance premiums will rise by double-digit percentages in 2017. Premiums will…

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Obamacare Is Experiencing Multi-Organ Failure

By Dr. Robert Moffit, Health Care Policy Expert at the Heritage Foundation President Barack Obama’s speech Thursday will likely highlight the “successes” of Obamacare, but this complex health law—with interlocking parts—is really becoming more like a patient suffering from multi-organ failure. This year’s feverish health insurance premiums are unlikely to…

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Obamacare’s sunk: Time for a new ship

By Jim DeMint, President of The Heritage Foundation Back in 2010, Obamacare was like the Titanic heading off on her maiden voyage. Critics warned people not to hop aboard, that disaster was inevitable. But the president, his allies in Congress and lots of big insurance companies assured everyone that, even…

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Stopping Another Obamacare Bailout

Special Guest Blog: Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) When President Barack Obama made his case to the American people for Obamacare, he promised that it would both lower health insurance premiums and not add to the national debt. Neither has been true. One way Obamacare has been adding to the deficit…

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Video: What Pro-Growth Tax Reform and Conservative Health Care Reform Should Look Like

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9ev9fB2UU0 Watch Heritage Foundation scholars Paul Winfree and Ed Haislmaier, along with CEO of Juniper Research Group Chris Jacobs, discuss the impact that an outdated tax code and a broken  health care system has on those in the business community, the health care community, and the country as a whole.…

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Obamacare Bailout Declared Illegal

Last week, an Obamacare bailout for health insurance companies was declared illegal by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO). This is now the second time the Obamacare bailout has been dubbed illegal. Back in May, U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled in U.S. House of Representatives v. Burwell that…

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How Bailing Out Health Insurers Creates Single-Payer Health Care

By Chris Jacobs, CEO of Juniper Research Group The bad news for Obamacare keeps on coming. Major health carriers are leaving insurance exchanges, and other insurance co-operatives the law created continue to fail, leaving tens of thousands without health coverage. Those on exchanges who somehow manage to hold on to their…

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Grand Theft Health Insurance

By Edmund Haislmaier, Heritage Foundation Health Care Policy Expert Recently, the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association has been aggressively lobbying Congress to ignore the Obama administration’s illegal diversion of tax dollars into the pockets of—you guessed it—health insurers. At issue is funding for the “transitional reinsurance” program in…

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Congress Should Stop All Obamacare Bailouts

Last Monday, Aetna Inc. announced it would stop selling health insurance on the vast majority of Obamacare state exchanges throughout the country. Aetna now joins a growing list of some of the largest insurance companies in the country who are losing money insuring high-cost consumers and are pulling out of…

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This Bill Would Stop the Obama Administration From Prioritizing Insurance Companies over Taxpayers

In order to convince health insurance companies to participate in the financially risky Obamacare exchanges, three health insurance bailout provisions were written into Obamacare including risk corridors, reinsurance, and cost-sharing subsidies. These bailout provisions were meant to compensate health insurance companies for losses sustained while participating in Obamacare. The reinsurance…

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About Sentinel Doctors

Sentinel Doctors are conservative physicians who believe that repealing Obamacare and reducing the role of the federal government in health care will empower doctors, expand consumer choice, lower costs, and restore and improve the doctor-patient relationship. That’s why Heritage Action for America created the Sentinel Doctors program. To provide a…

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