Health Care

America’s health care system does too little to deliver good health, even as spiraling health care costs place increasing burdens on American families, businesses, and the government. The Joint Economic Committee studies how changing health care financing arrangements, increasing consumer choice, altering the tax treatment of health insurance, adopting information technology, and reforming federal entitlement programs can improve America’s economic outlook and the health of its citizens.

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  • Play Obamanopoly to find out how much EXTRA Obamacare will cost!

    Oct 27 2010

    Associated Image Last March, President Obama and Democrats in Congress hailed passage of the $1.3 trillion Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, claiming that, despite a massive expansion of government’s role in health care, the 2,801-page law will actually reduce the deficit. Critics pointed out that the legislation is rife with new taxes and relies on an array of classic Washington budget gimmicks, including a raid on an already insolvent Medicare system, to support this claim.
  • Obamanopoly

    Health Care Edition

    Oct 27 2010

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  • Unwinding Obamacare (IV) - Cadillac Tax Revenues

    Oct 04 2010

    Associated Image Last Friday afternoon, the Office of Personnel Management released the new 2011 rates for health insurance plans under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB). While this information was previously only relevant to federal employees, it now has implications for individuals and their health insurance plans nationwide.
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