Tuesday, September 20, 2011

More Trauma in ObamaCare Drama

September 20, 2011

• A poll released this week shows that 82% of Americans say the federal government should not have the power to require Americans to buy health care insurance. Among politically important independents, 87% say government should have no right to require insurance; 95% of Republicans agreed.

• In a blow to the administration, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger Health System and Intermountain Healthcare – repeatedly touted as models for a new health delivery system – say they will not apply to participated in the new federal ACO program. The rules are just too onerous and the bureaucratic hoops too high for them to succeed.

• Labor economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth, formerly of the Hudson Institute and newly affiliated with the Manhattan Institute, has produced two new studies showing the impact of ObamaCare on two specific industries- medical devices and franchise businesses. These studies demonstrate in detail how ObamaCare is a job killer.

Source: Grace-Marie Turner, “A Rough Week for ObamaCare,” Health Policy Matters, September 16, 2011

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