The Exam Room

April 6, 2011 | Issue Post

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"Nobody is more aware of the uncertainty of these projections than those of us who were responsible for putting them together..."

"...One very important uncertainty is how employers will respond to the existence of subsidies for buying insurance coverage in the new exchanges..."

March 30, 2011 | Issue Post

During a Health Subcommittee hearing on the true cost of the health care law, CMS Chief Actuary Rick Foster today told Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), "For businesses that have relatively low-income workers, it can turn out to be a win/win for them to drop their former coverage and assist their employees into getting coverage through the exchange."

March 23, 2011 | Issue Post

It has been one year today since Obamacare became law, and in that time, we have certainly continued to "find out what's in it." The latest revelation?

March 21, 2011 | Issue Post

According to CBO's latest estimates, the cost of Obamacare has increased by $500 billion.-- Meaning, in only one year, the cost has increased from an already staggering $938 billion price tag to $1.445 trillion.

Let's put that into perspective. Half a trillion dollars could buy:

March 17, 2011 | Issue Post

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee today held a hearing to examine the implementation and sustainability of the CLASS program.-- During the hearing, Administration on Aging Assistant Secretary Kathy Greenlee admitted to Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) that funds from the CLASS program were double counted as both funding the program and contributing savings in the health care law.

March 9, 2011 | Issue Post

First... Chief Actuary Rick Foster Says:
Cuts in Medicare "cannot be simultaneously used to finance other Federal outlays (such as the coverage expansions) and to extend the trust fund."