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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

Obama’s CMS Director Dr. Berwick Sails into Sunset

November 28, 2011 J

[img_assist|nid=25197|title=|desc=|link=url|url=http://www.americansforprosperity.org/health-care-entitlements|align=left|width=79|height=100]Dr. Donald Berwick announced his departure, last Wednesday, as head of the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) effective December 2. Berwick, the highest-ranking Medicare official in the Obama administration, was recess-appointed in July 2010 after it became clear that Berwick could not pass Senate confirmation. President Obama decided to bypass the Senate and give Berwick 18 months of control of Medicare and Medicaid. CMS oversees health care for more than 100 million Americans and has a budget of $800 billion, larger than the Defense Department.

Berwick’s long history of controversial support for socialized medicine led to the downfall of his nomination.

On various occasions, Berwick said:

Medicaid Waivers Rejected by the Obama Administration

November 15, 2011 J

For the second time in four months, the Obama administration has denied a state the right to make commonsense changes to its Medicaid program–again highlighting the need for structural reform for block grants.

Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that provides health insurance to low-income, low-resource Americans. The Federal Government pays between 50-73% of the costs for Medicaid, but in exchange the Feds make all major decisions. States are left to function as the bureaucratic arm of the Federal Government. When a state decides to make even the smallest of changes, it must go beg Washington for permission. Otherwise, all Medicaid funding is lost.

Welcome to ObamaCare, Part VII: Acting up in CLASS

October 17, 2011 J

[img_assist|nid=25194|title=|desc=|link=url|url=http://www.americansforprosperity.org/health-care-entitlements|align=left|width=79|height=115]The flaws in the President’s health care law are starting to cause the takeover to collapse in on itself. In past installments of this series we discussed how Obama’s claim that “if you like your health care plan you can keep it” was misleading and implausible on its face. Now the next benchmark claim of the law – that it wouldn’t increase the budget deficit – is proving equally absurd. We all knew that the takeover’s supporters could only claim that a bill that sweeps millions more people onto the public health rolls wouldn’t run budget deficits by using Washington budget gimmicks and tricks.

Letter of Support: Rep. McCotter’s Save Social Security Act, H.R. 2889

September 16, 2011 J

Dear Representative McCotter,

On behalf of more than 1.8 million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I write in strong support of H.R. 2889, the Save Social Security Act. Your bill harnesses the principles of property rights and individual self-reliance to put Social Security back on a sustainable path, tackling a problem many politicians have shied away from.

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