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President Trump Is Right - Less Regulation And More Incentives Are The Right Path For Health Care Reform

by Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Thursday, October 12, 2017

While there is far more to be done, President Trump has the right idea on health care reform.  The low hanging fruit is strategic deregulation, specifically rolling back the ACA-imposed requirements on health insurance that not only directly raised insurance premiums but furthered the inappropriate construct that insurance should minimize out-of-pocket payment for all medical care.  When insurance covers nearly everything, patients have little incentive to consider price of care, so doctors and hospitals don’t need to compete on price. The consequences are the overuse of health care and unrestrained costs.

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The Health Reform That Hasn’t Been Tried

by Scott W. Atlasvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

ObamaCare subsidizes bloated insurance policies. Republicans should try a whole new approach.

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Why Single Payer Health Care Is A Terrible Option

by Scott W. Atlasvia CNN
Monday, September 25, 2017

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is failing. Without regard for consequences, the law expanded government insurance programs and imposed considerable federal authority over US health care via new mandates, regulations and taxes. Insurance premiums skyrocketed even as deductibles rose; consumer choices of insurance on state marketplaces have rapidly vanished; and for those with ACA coverage, doctor and hospital choices have narrowed dramatically.

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Transformational Health Care Reform

by Scott W. Atlasvia Policyed.org
Thursday, August 3, 2017

The American health care system is on an unsustainable path characterized by government-dominated insurance. Fixing health care begins with changing the incentives and empowering consumers to seek value with their money, while increasing competition among providers. Liberalized HSAs, insurance with lower premiums and fewer mandates, and more options for Medicare and Medicaid enrollees will improve access, choice, and quality of health care.

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What’s Wrong With Health Insurance In America?

by Scott W. Atlasvia Policyed.org
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Reforming health insurance in this country begins with redefining our understanding of what insurance is and what it supposed to cover. Insurance isn’t for routine or predictable expenses. Over time, we have come to expect all of our health care to be provided through insurance, and covering more has helped make health insurance cost more.

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How Medicaid Fails The Poor

by Scott W. Atlasvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Patients enrolled in the program experience nearly the same outcomes as those without insurance.

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The Right Cure To Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It’s time to instill market-based competition, empower consumers, and reduce the federal government’s authority. 

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The Myth Of Medicare's Excellence, And How To Fix It

by Scott W. Atlasvia Real Clear Health
Friday, April 29, 2016

As the population ages and risk factors like obesity continue to compound, Americans will increasingly require medical care at an unprecedented level. Among Democratic candidates for president, Sen. Bernie Sanders espouses “Medicare-for-all,” and Secretary Hillary Clinton fights against private options for seniors, while Republican candidate positions remain vague. 

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The Impending Disaster Of Health Care Supply

by Scott W. Atlasvia Investor's Business Daily
Friday, April 29, 2016

The Affordable Care Act’s regulations, mandates and taxes have pushed health care in the wrong direction. Along with higher premiums and costly expansion of failing public programs, increasing consolidation among insurers, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and doctor practices reduces competition, hurts consumers and raises prices to patients by thousands of dollars per year.

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ObamaCare Gets a Checkup

by Daniel P. Kesslervia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 18, 2016

It’s neither dying nor thriving—but it does need some bitter medicine.

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The Working Group on Health Care Policy aims to devise public policies that enable more Americans to get better value for their health care dollar and foster appropriate innovations that will extend and improve life.

Key principles to guide the group's policy formation include focusing on the central role of individual choice and competitive markets in financing and delivering health services, individual responsibility for health behaviors and decisions, and appropriate guidelines for government intervention in health care markets.