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The Hospital Lobby’s Very Good Deal

The hospital lobby is out in force urging states to expand their Medicaid programs. Their faulty claims are spurring Republicans governors to embrace the giant expansion of the broken, costly Medicaid program. This week, Governor Kasich of Ohio and Governor Snyder of Michigan became the fifth and sixth Republican governors to announce their desires to further embrace consolidated federal health care through the expansion. But why would hospitals who are focused on delivering high-quality health care to their patients embrace such a bad idea? The answer: Protecting their bottom-line.

Health Care & Entitlements Legislative Alerts

The Individual Mandate Is Unconstitutional and Corrupt

March 26, 2012 J

The U.S. Constitution is a document of specific, enumerated, and therefore limited powers. The Rehnquist court recognized that there must be limits to what can be considered regulation of interstate commerce if the Constitution is to have any meaningful limit on federal power. If the Roberts court decides to uphold the despised individual mandate in Obamacare, the Commerce Clause would be transformed into a de facto plenary power, obliterating enumerated powers and allowing the federal government to do nearly anything. This is despite the clear structure of the document and the inclusion of the Ninth and 10th Amendments.

Conservative Groups to Congress: Unaccountable Medicare Treatment-Denial Panel Needs to Go

March 21, 2012 J

Today Americans for Prosperity joined with 11 fiscally conservative organizations in urging lawmakers to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) that was created under the President's health care law.

In an open letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, the groups explained that this panel of 15 unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats, appointed by the President, takes the wrong approach in its attempt to rein in the out-of-control growth in Medicare costs we've seen in recent years.

In addition to putting Washington in the middle of the doctor-patient relationship, IPAB promises to implement wrong-headed price controls, impede consideration of long-run solutions, and undermine transparency and accountability that is necessary for sound policymaking.

A copy of the letter is available below.

Kaeding: States should reject ObamaCare Exchanges

March 14, 2012 J

DC opinionDC opinionOne of the most important issues facing states this legislative session is whether to create a health care exchange to implement the president’s health care law. States are being tempted by words like “flexibility” and very large grants from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to gain their compliance, but states that value health care freedom should resist and refuse to implement Obama’s health care exchanges.

Welcome to ObamaCare Part IX: Exchange Flexibility? What Flexibility?

March 13, 2012 J

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final rule governing the creation and operation of health care exchanges, a key component of the President’s health care law. As Americans for Prosperity has written on multiple occasions, we do not support the efforts by states to serve as the administrative arm of the federal government by creating an exchange.

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