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Why a Health Insurance Provider Tax Is a Bad Idea

November 30, 2010 - 3:52pm CST

Facing a massive budget shortfall in the waning days of the 2010 legislative session, Oklahoma lawmakers passed House Bill 2437 to assess a one-percent “fee” on nearly all paid claims by health insurance providers in order to leverage a 3-to-1 federal dollar match for Medicaid. Oklahoma Insurance C... READ MORE

How Oklahoma Can Respond to Obamacare

August 31, 2010 - 3:56pm CDT

Since the passage of President Obama’s unpopular Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), many states have pushed back against the federal government’s intrusion into the nation’s health care system. This includes challenging the constitutionality of the law’s insurance mandate and callin... READ MORE

Medicaid Fails Taxpayers and Patients

August 31, 2010 - 3:55pm CDT

Imagine a government-run health care program in which medical access is severely limited, that is racked by uncontrollably rising costs, and that in many instances results in demonstrably worse health outcomes than having no insurance at all. Such a program isn’t a mere hypothetical; it already exi... READ MORE

Responding to ObamaCare

August 1, 2010 - 3:58pm CDT

The recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the federal government’s sweeping health care legislation, will impose significant new costs on state government budgets, while also constituting a significant usurpation by the federal government of longstanding state authority over h... READ MORE

Fighting ObamaCare, One Patient at a Time

August 1, 2010 - 3:57pm CDT

Embarrassed. Ashamed. Failure. These words don’t typically describe an accomplished doctor, but Martha Boone doesn’t fit the mold. The Atlanta urologist is an outspoken critic of ObamaCare, warning her patients about its disastrous consequences and alerting fellow doctors to the ramifications for h... READ MORE

Oklahoma City Hospital One of Obamacare’s First Victims

May 31, 2010 - 3:59pm CDT

Physicians at McBride Orthopedic Hospital had ambitious plans for their Oklahoma City hospital before Obamacare. Two new operating rooms and a four-bed intensive-care unit were part of a multimillion-dollar expansion project that promised to bring competition and more health care choices to the comm... READ MORE

The Medicaid Nuclear Option

January 1, 2010 - 4:02pm CST

The legislative process inevitably fathers unintended consequences. The more complex and ambitious the legislative endeavor, the more numerous are its by-blows. Recently, Heritage Foundation analysts Dennis Smith (who ran the federal Medicaid program for seven years in the Bush administration) and ... READ MORE

Opting Out of ObamaCare

January 1, 2010 - 4:00pm CST

It's been several weeks since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid floated the idea that states could "opt out" of the government-run health insurance plan. But it's been nearly a year since a growing coalition of lawmakers in 24 states began crafting an opt-out strategy of its own. The differ... READ MORE

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