Benefit Revolution

By Craig Gottwals | Free Market Solutions for Employee Benefits, Human Resources and Healthcare Reform

Today in Government Healthcare: Obamacare Price Fixing Scheme Backfires; ER Room Use Not Reduced Under O'Care; Medicare Going Bankrupt & Carriers Run from Exchanges

I spent the morning getting caught on the latest industry news and am left with four telltale stories about the ineptitude of government healthcare:</b> …

Senate Healthcare Revision: More Taxes & Government with a Couple of 'Get Out of Jail Free' Cards

<b>Each of these revisions to revamp and revitalize most of Obamacare grow government more than the last while further curtailing individual freedom.</b><p>The …

Health Care

California now offers consumer protections against 'balance billing' surprises

Before Kevin Powers underwent lung cancer surgery last October, his girlfriend, Agi Orsi, meticulously checked and double-checked to be sure his …

Health Care

CBO Gets ObamaCare Reform Estimates Wrong— Again

<i>This article originally appeared on Investor’s Business Daily.</i><p>On Monday the Congressional Budget Office released its cost estimate of the Republican …

Health Care

Remy: People Will Die!

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The Spurious “People Will Die” Claim

Passions are high in the national health care debate. Some supporters of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have taken to asserting that hundreds of …

Health Care

Forget Obamacare and Trumpcare: Boeing, GE, and Other Companies Are Reforming Healthcare on Their Own

Obamacare is struggling. Trumpcare is...well, who knows what's really happening with it? But if you think the U.S. will just have to wait for any …

Health Care

Are the Savings from Cutting Medicaid Illusory?, by David Henderson

Answer: It depends.<i>Chicago Tribune</i> columnist Steve Chapman, and also my long-time friend, reminds us of one of the most important principles in …

Economics

Rand Paul: 'If you offer me a 90 percent repeal, I'd probably vote for it'

"I've been telling leadership for months now that I will vote for a repeal, and it doesn't have to be a 100 percent repeal," Paul said on ABC's "This …

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Republican health care bill leaves loopholes for illegal immigrants

Republicans' health care bill bans illegal immigrants from getting tax credits, but it doesn't do much to improve the checks already in place under …

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How Can a Human Justify Asking to be Paid $15 to Work?

McDonald’s announced it will replace cashiers in 2,5000 stores with self-service kiosks.The story buzzed across the internet but<i> Business Insider</i> …

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Marginal tax rates under the Senate health care bill

To see the problem, consider Brian’s situation. He’s a single adult, age 45, earning $35,000 a year. BCRA (section 102(b)(2)) expects Brian to …

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Individual health insurance rates jump; employers insulated

Insurance executives in Michigan privately say they don't expect a miracle in Congress that would mitigate the record-high premium increases coming …

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Only ObamaCare insurer in most Iowa counties to hike premiums by 43.5 percent

One of the last insurers on Iowa's ObamaCare exchanges announced Monday it would sell plans in 2018 but proposed an average rate increase of 43.5 …

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‘Woefully incomplete’ universal health bill dead for the year in California

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon put the brakes on a sweeping plan to overhaul the health care market in California Friday, calling the bill “woefully …

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Trump Starts to Jawbone Possible Republican Health-Bill Holdouts

President Donald Trump pressured the handful of Republican senators who may be planning to vote against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to …

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5 Ways Obamacare Proves That Government-Run Health Care Is a Disaster

Obamacare has failed to deliver the health care reform Americans deserve.<p>The Senate now has an opportunity to reform health care and walk our country …

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The Senate GOP's New Health Care Bill Is Just Obamacare, But Less Of It

When congressional Republicans began drafting health care legislation at the beginning of the year, critics worried that the result would not be the …

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A side-by-side comparison of Obamacare and the GOP’s replacement plans

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Comparing the Major Provisions of PPACA to the House and Senate Replacement Proposals with Audio from Armstrong & Getty

Overarching Thoughts: <br>1) The Senate absolutely did not “start over” but simply made a few tweaks to the Obamacare Lite bill passed by the House. I’d …

Health Care

CalPERS Premiums Only Set to Increase 2.33% in 2018

From CalPERS: The California Public Employees' Retirement System Board of Administration today approved health care rate and plan changes for 2018 …

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Senate GOP Unveils PPACA Repeal Bill Today - Initial Thoughts on Armstrong and Getty

Senate Republican leaders unveiled their PPACA repeal bill this morning giving a first look at the bill designed to repeal Obamacare. We are still …

Health Care

Medical costs to accelerate in 2018, but only slightly, as cost trends stabilize, says PwC

The era if wild swings and double-digit growth in employer medical costs appears to be ending, at least according to PricewaterhouseCoopers: …

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DOL Withdraws Administrative Interpretations on Worker Classification and Joint Employer Status

On June 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) withdrew two administrative interpretations issued during the Obama administration. The …

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Who Gets the Blame When Obamacare Fails?

I agree with part of Mr. Laszewski's opinion. Where I think he is off is in assuming that the below offer would be enough. If the Trump …

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Fiduciary Responsibility . . .

In the summer of 2016, over 100 of CIGNA’s self-insured health plan clients were sued with the complaint alleging breach of the defendants’ fiduciary …

Health Care

Why Not Try 'Medicare for All'? Glad You Asked

Because costs will spiral out of control. Because hospital care will suffer. Because the stakes are too high for a mass experiment.<p>When arguing about national health care in this country, those favoring some sort of government-led system always come back to one argument. “But everyone loves …

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