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Capitol Comment 256 - Schizophrenic Health Care Reformers
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Capitol Comment 256 - Schizophrenic Health Care Reformers

The House of Representatives passed tax breaks to make health insurance more affordable on October 7 – then followed up with a law to make it more expensive on October 8. This isn’t the only instance where politicians are ‘reforming’ at cross-purposes. Consider their schizophrenic stands on managed care and Medicare reform. Causing people to lose their insurance contradicts the whole notion of patients' rights.

10/27/1999
Issue Analysis 95 - Congress Shouldn’t Stick Patients with Higher Medical Bills
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Issue Analysis 95 - Congress Shouldn’t Stick Patients with Higher Medical Bills

The House of Representatives is poised to debate several bills that would refashion health insurance in America. These proposals have many provisions similar to those in the various versions of the "Patients’ Bill of Rights" the Senate debated in July. Some of the legislation would create new tax incentives and mechanisms for purchasing health insurance; others would add new regulations and new lawsuits to the health care system. The list of bills that may be enacted, in whole or part, includes:

10/01/1999
Capitol Comment 249 - Hey Congress: Please Don’t Feed the Trial Lawyers! Dingell-Norwood Hurts Patients, Helps Lawyers
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Capitol Comment 249 - Hey Congress: Please Don’t Feed the Trial Lawyers! Dingell-Norwood Hurts Patients, Helps Lawyers

The "Bipartisan Consensus Managed Care Improvement Act" (H.R. 2723) is the federal government’s latest misguided attempt at controlling health care. While the bill’s list of sponsors demonstrates that it is bipartisan, if it becomes the consensus approach, Americans in managed care would see few, if any, improvements. It gives them little more than an expanded ability to sue. In reality, this approach will only take money out of consumers’ checkbooks and put it into the pockets of trial lawyers, making health insurance less affordable for all Americans.

08/25/1999
Dingell-Norwood Hurts Patients, Helps Trial Lawyers
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Dingell-Norwood Hurts Patients, Helps Trial Lawyers

The "Bipartisan Consensus Managed Care Improvement Act" (H.R. 2723) is the federal government’s latest misguided attempt at controlling health care. While the bill’s list of sponsors demonstrates that it is bipartisan, if it becomes the consensus approach, Americans in managed care would see few, if any, improvements. It gives them little more than an expanded ability to sue. In reality, this approach will only take money out of consumers’ checkbooks and put it into the pockets of trial lawyers, making health insurance less affordable for all Americans.

08/25/1999
Capitol Comment 219 - Governors and State Legislators are Shooting Consumers in the Foot With Health Insurance Regulations
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Capitol Comment 219 - Governors and State Legislators are Shooting Consumers in the Foot With Health Insurance Regulations

As states look for ways to improve health care quality and affordability, many are turning to increased regulation — which does the opposite. Whether intended to expand access to particular types of coverage (health benefit mandates), require health insurers to take all comers (guaranteed issue), or make coverage affordable through price controls (community rating), health insurance regulations actually increase costs and restrict access to coverage. Health insurance regulation is growing at an explosive rate.

12/17/1998
Third FDA Report Card Shows Longer Delays for New Drugs in Fiscal Year 1997
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Third FDA Report Card Shows Longer Delays for New Drugs in Fiscal Year 1997

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Click here for the Full Report (Word Document format) Using data from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this study examines the agency’s main areas of responsibility for approving new health products for the third consecutive year. Among this study’s findings are:

08/06/1998
Capitol Comment 175 - Health Coverage Mandates Do More Harm Than Good: A Personal Perspective
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Capitol Comment 175 - Health Coverage Mandates Do More Harm Than Good: A Personal Perspective

The Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 left me with a "mental health tax" of $4,300 — more than my federal income tax liability for last year.

02/24/1998
Stealth March of ClintonCare
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Stealth March of ClintonCare

In 1994, faced with the horror of having government bureaucrats make their health care decisions for them, the American public rejected the Clinton health care plan. On September 15, President Clinton told a union audience of his failed health care plan, "What I tried to do before won't work. Maybe we can do it another way. That's what we've tried to do, a step at a time until eventually we finish this."

10/07/1997
Issue Analysis 51 - Top Twelve False Claims Made About the Hatch-Kennedy Children's Health Coverage Bill
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Issue Analysis 51 - Top Twelve False Claims Made About the Hatch-Kennedy Children's Health Coverage Bill

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ted Kennedy (D-MA) have proposed legislation to establish a new federal program to buy health coverage for five million children. Sen. Hatch has characterized their proposal as the "free market approach" to insuring children. Unfortunately, neither the bill (S. 525) nor its funding mechanism (S. 526) have been fairly represented. 1. "This is not an entitlement."1

04/24/1997

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