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Democrats came on strong in celebrating what they also now call “ObamaCare” during speeches at the beginning of their national convention in Charlotte, but enthusiasm waned as the week went on, with President Obama not even mentioning his signature legislative achievement during his acceptance speech on the final day.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Obama is “the president who delivered the security of affordable health care to every single American after 90 years of trying.” Not true – either on universality or affordability – but he tried.
But the law remains unpopular, and party leaders were urging the president to go all in during his convention address. They wanted the president to lend his political capital to defending, repackaging, and selling the law in Charlotte to make it easier for down-ballot Democrats to face continuing hostility toward the law back home.
Welcome to D4PC "Morning Rounds" your daily review of healthcare news and information from Washington, DC and around the nation. These briefings will keep you up to date on recent developments and our effort to replace the PPACA with patient-centered reforms that protect the doctor-patient relationship and preserve individual freedom of choice.
The United States remains the world leader in medical innovation, having produced more than half of the world’s new medicines over the last decade. But our edge is slipping away because of crippling domestic regulatory and tax policies.
The Galen Institute's Grace-Marie Turner recently appeared on FoxBusiness Channel's show Varney & Co. to discuss the cost differential for medical services paid for by a consumer versus an insurance company. Because patients in a consumer-driven health care system have more incentive to price shop, they are able to purchase health care services at a lower cost.
Opposition to the IPAB crosses party lines. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee that will consider the bill today, has said he has no interest in defending the board: “I’ve never supported it, and I would certainly be in favor of abolishing it.”
Grace-Marie Turner, a great friend to Docs 4 Patient Care and president of the Galen Institute, penned an excellent op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal on the real story of what will happen once Obamacare is implemented.
"ObamaCare will lead to a dramatic decline in employer-provided health insurance—with as many as 78 million Americans forced to find other sources of coverage.
"This disturbing finding is based on my calculations from a survey by McKinsey & Company. The survey, published this week in the McKinsey Quarterly, found that up to 50% of employers say they will definitely or probably pursue alternatives to their current health-insurance plan in the years after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect in 2014. An estimated 156 million non-elderly Americans get their coverage at work, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute.
"Many employees who will need to seek another source of coverage will take advantage of the health-insurance subsidies for families making as much as $88,000 a year. This will drive up the cost of ObamaCare..."
Read the full article here.
Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, wrote a commentary this week in support of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's proposal to implement premium support for Medicare. She makes the case that, "Ryan is working to save Medicare with his proposal to begin modernizing the program through premium support."
"Opponents of the proposal have charged that Ryan is planning to voucherize Medicare. But that shows a misunderstanding of the proposal. In contrast with vouchers, premium support allows for more flexible subsidies that can be adjusted and targeted to seniors based upon financial status, age, health status, or other considerations."
Read her full commentary here.
Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, wrote an editorial recently which appeared in Investor's Business Daily with her take on Mitt Romney's plan to sign an executive order effectively extending an Obamacare waiver to every state.
"Mitt Romney may have waived goodbye to the GOP nomination with his assertion that he could start unraveling ObamaCare by issuing an executive order as soon as he moved into the White House.
"Simply put, executive orders cannot contradict statutory law. Waivers are not a solution and might well detract from the ultimate goal of repealing ObamaCare and replacing it with a truly free market alternative that puts patients — not bureaucrats — in charge of their health care."
Read her full editorial here.