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Competitive Health Care Markets Spur Price Deflation

June 1, 2015 - 4:16pm CDT

Between 1998 and 2014, the price of medical care services in the U.S. (as measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index [CPI] for Medical Care Services) has increased by 88.5 percent, or roughly twice the 45.8 percent increase in consumer prices in general over that period (see ta... READ MORE

Policymakers Must Reform, Not Expand, Medicaid

November 13, 2014 - 9:39am CST

According to health-care researchers Avik Roy and Grace-Marie Turner, Medicaid “has the worst health outcomes of any insurance program in the developed world.” So why do Oklahoma policymakers keep expanding it? It’s time to take a careful look at this medical welfare program—a program which is rap... READ MORE

Mourning Our Medicaid Malaise: Lawmakers Reject Free-Market Reforms

July 2, 2014 - 9:41am CDT

Dr. Doug Cox is no Dr. Tom Coburn. And the Oklahoma Hospital Association is no supporter of Medicaid reform. In 2014 Oklahoma hospitals, through their powerful lobbying arm, blocked Medicaid reforms, thanks in large measure to the work of Cox, a medical doctor and a Republican state representative ... READ MORE

Medicaid Reforms Even Obama (or Republicans) Can Love

May 7, 2014 - 9:42am CDT

It may be hard to believe, but it was only four years ago that health care costs became the top cost driver in the Oklahoma state budget, surpassing the traditional “winner,” K-12 public education. Debates over the (un)Affordable Care Act aside, there is widespread recognition that Medicaid is the ... READ MORE

Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Is a Bad Idea

April 9, 2014 - 9:45am CDT

Even as those parts of Obamacare that have not yet been postponed stagger toward the finish line, one part of the president’s health-care law continues to build momentum. As of this writing, 25 states and the District of Columbia have chosen to expand their Medicaid programs in accordance with Obama... READ MORE

Surgery Center of Oklahoma: Better Living Through Free-Market Health Care

April 9, 2014 - 9:43am CDT

You had to be paying attention, or have it called to your attention. Thanks to a little bit of both, I’ve investigated another fascinating example of health care affordability in an increasingly insane health care market. It’s a blessing to share the good news. In mid-February, members of the Okla... READ MORE

Hobby Lobby Case Underscores That Liberty Is Tenable Only with Limited Government

January 13, 2014 - 8:52am CST

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear a consolidated case against a particularly objectionable dictate of Obamacare—the mandate to employers to provide their employees with health insurance that specifically covers abortifacients. Included in the case is a challenge brought by the Davi... READ MORE

Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Would Hurt Oklahoma’s Economy

December 13, 2013 - 3:06pm CST

There is currently a debate raging in state capitals across the country as policymakers dispute the merits of expanding Medicaid under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). At first glance, expanding Oklahoma’s Medicaid program looks like “free” money since Uncle Sam is promising to... READ MORE

Dr. Smith Goes to Washington

December 13, 2013 - 8:56am CST

As I reported at Watchdog.org earlier this month (“Dr. Smith goes to Washington: Oklahoma doctor gains national prominence supporting free market”), Dr. G. Keith Smith appeared Dec. 2 on Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News, though his opposition to the Affordable Care Act is just one of the reasons. S... READ MORE

It Is What It Is: The Health Insurance Market and Unintended Consequences

December 13, 2013 - 8:55am CST

In broad context, even Pollyanna would be concerned about the sustainability of the American insurance system, especially after a review of health care news from Washington, D.C., Connecticut, Minnesota, and Oklahoma. Consider the headline on an Education Week story in late November: “K-12, College... READ MORE

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