Guest Post: A Medicaid Expansion Offer the States Should Refuse

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This piece was published originally by National Review Online ( ©2016 National Review, used with permission). The author is John Daniel Davidson. Mr. Davidson is the Director of the Center for Health Care Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin. In the wake of Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards’s announcement last week that his state would expand Medicaid … Read More

KPI and THF on Obamacare and Kansas

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By Nina Owcharenko, Ed Haislmaier and Patrick Parkes. It remains one of the more contentious questions surrounding implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) in Kansas: Should the state adopt the law’s expansion of Medicaid? Doing so would fundamentally transform the program—shifting it from one which principally covers poor children and the disabled to one which covers able-bodied, … Read More

King v. Burwell Decided: Is It 2015 or 1984?

Patrick ParkesTax & Spending

We have always been at war with Eastasia. Oh, and an “Exchange established by the State[s]” can also mean an Exchange established by the federal government’s Secretary of Health and Human Services. Chief Justice John Roberts channeled his best George Orwell last Thursday, authoring a 6-3 ruling in King v. Burwell allowing the distribution of Affordable Care Act subsidies to … Read More

Could King v. Burwell Spell the End of Obamacare as We Know It?

Patrick ParkesTax & Spending

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule in June on King v. Burwell: a case that could spell the end of the Affordable Care Act (aka the ACA or Obamacare) as we know it if the Court disallows the ACA’s federal health insurance subsidies in 34 states (68% of the country) and thus prevents the law’s individual and employer mandates from … Read More

Guest Post: King v. Burwell: What State Lawmakers Should Do

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Posted by Patrick Parkes on Friday, March 20, 2015 This piece was published originally by The Heritage Foundation and authored by Edmund F. Haislmaier, Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Health Policy Studies, of the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, at The Heritage Foundation. State lawmakers—particularly those in states that would be affected by a Supreme Court ruling … Read More

Responsible journalists don’t choose sides

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A recent commentary by the Kansas City Star’s Yael Abouhalkah is another sad example of media not allowing facts to get in the way of their personal political beliefs.  The author noted that individual income tax collections for the first four months of the current fiscal year (July through October) are $258 million less than in 2012 and angrily says … Read More

Kansas Medicaid Expansion by the Numbers: Is it Really a “Free Lunch?”

Patrick ParkesTax & Spending

“Of course, I want people to have healthcare; I just didn’t realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally.” That’s what Cindy Vinson—a retired California teacher and proud supporter of President Barack Obama—told the San Jose Mercury News when she learned of the insurance plan substitution and corresponding premium hike she would face under … Read More