How Vermont’s Single Payer Proposal Can Backfire
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How Vermont’s Single Payer Proposal Can Backfire

American health care reform is a three-headed beast. Attempts at reform typically seek to resolve issues regarding access, quality care, and cost control. The ACA, one of the largest overhauls of American healthcare is aimed at improving access—but the problem becomes what good is increasing access to expensive and low quality care? Vermont’s leaders have … Continue reading

What the Obamacare Exchanges Could Have Learned From the Failed Launch of Diablo 3 Last Year.
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What the Obamacare Exchanges Could Have Learned From the Failed Launch of Diablo 3 Last Year.

“Error 37: The servers are busy. Please try again later.” This simple error was the source of much grievance for hundreds of thousands of gamers last year when Diablo 3 was first released. After waiting years for the third installment in the massively successful role playing franchise, the servers could not handle all of the … Continue reading

ACA Individual Mandate: Penalty Finalized
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ACA Individual Mandate: Penalty Finalized

On Tuesday, August 27, the IRS issued its final rule regarding the individual mandate to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The rulemaking formally establishes the IRS requirement for most Americans to be subjected to a financial penalty if an individual does not acquire “minimum essential coverage.” The rule will be published … Continue reading

The Dark Cloud Over the Medical Device Tax
Healthcare / Politics

The Dark Cloud Over the Medical Device Tax

The medical device industry currently consists of 8,000+ manufacturers and employs over 400,000 Americans. Over the last seven months, the industry has been subjected to a 2.3% excise tax on all medical device sales – not only profits. The tax has been a primary funding mechanism for the health care overhaul so far. The medical device industry … Continue reading

Labor Unions: “We’re Not So Happy About Obamacare Anymore.”
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Labor Unions: “We’re Not So Happy About Obamacare Anymore.”

They were one of the first and most fervent supporters of healthcare reform. They formed the backbone of the coalition that drove Obamacare into law. On July 12, James Hoffa of the Teamsters with 1.4 million members, Joseph Hansen of the Food and Commercial Workers with 1.3 million members, and several other union lobbies teamed up … Continue reading

Obamacare’s Effect on Entrepreneurship and Employment
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Obamacare’s Effect on Entrepreneurship and Employment

The implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for small businesses and employment status have long been the subject of media and partisan scrutiny. Analyses of these implications are becoming increasingly relevant, as the measures of the ACA will be fully implemented by January 2014. The shortcomings of the pre-Obamacare health insurance market are well … Continue reading

Democrats Should be Careful When Embracing Affordable Care Act
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Democrats Should be Careful When Embracing Affordable Care Act

After years of taking heat from Republicans on healthcare, Democratic strategists have suggested what was once the unthinkable – embracing the oft-spurned Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare, in the 2014 election. Key provisions of the bill are set to be implemented in January 2014, and the ACA will almost certainly again play a … Continue reading

Secretary Sebelius Seeking Donations To Support the ACA
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Secretary Sebelius Seeking Donations To Support the ACA

This has been an eventful week in Washington…or should I say, for President Obama and his administration?  On top of the recent scandals, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is being accused of soliciting private and non-private companies for donations. Her effort to raise money for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) … Continue reading

A Drop in the Bucket: the Obamacare Application Gets a Reboot
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A Drop in the Bucket: the Obamacare Application Gets a Reboot

Flexible and nimble, these are the words chosen by one Obama Administration official as part of the announcement earlier this week that the application to apply for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) shiny new state exchanges would be trimmed to three pages. The presentation of the new form, meant to remind the … Continue reading