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Health Care & Entitlements Legislative Alerts
AFP has just submitted official comments to HHS on the first major round of health care insurance exchange regulations issued under the President’s new health care law. The regulations from HHS lack any meaningful flexibility for states to control their exchanges, which is critical to maintaining the quality and availability of health care coverage.
In our comments, AFP focused on three major flaws in the regulations: lack of flexibility, threats to the privacy of patients’ information and whether HHS has committed a regulatory taking by mandating insurers disclose patient data.
We discuss the lack of state flexibility, restrictive timeline, federalist concerns, undue access to patient information, “approved” coverage shortages and lack of competition-induced
Health insurance exchanges, in principle, are something conservatives like quite a bit. Exchanges harness the power of free market competition, transparency and value comparison to drive innovation, increase choice, and reduce costs for health care consumers. When plans have to compete directly with each other to offer the best services at the lowest price, consumers are the winners in the end.
By Phil Kerpen
Published July 14, 2011 | FoxNews.com
Now Obama, more desperate than ever, is stepping up the absurd doomsday threats – raising the specter not only that he will choose not to make debt payments and precipitate a financial crisis if he doesn’t get his way – but that he will also refuse to allow scheduled Social Security checks to go out on August 3.
Read the rest at FoxNews.com Opinion.
JUNE 4, 2011
By NANSEN MALIN
Medicaid has plunged Washington state into fiscal crisis. This fact was recognized by legislators from both sides of the aisle during a contentious special session that concluded last week. The result was Senate Bill 5596, a Medicaid block-grant bill.
Dear Senator Coburn,
On behalf of more than 1.7 million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I write to applaud your introduction of S. 1031, the Medicaid Improvement and State Empowerment Act. Your bill advances one of AFP’s strongest fiscal policy priorities: putting Medicaid back on a sustainable fiscal path by replacing the current inefficient FMAP funding structure with block grants that promise to bring billions in savings along with improved services for the neediest Americans.