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Meet the ACAlternatives: Your potential Obamacare replacements

Days before taking office, President-Elect Donald Trump is offering additional clues about how he intends to replace Obamacare following the widely-anticipated repeal. “We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it,” he told the Washington Post. “That’s not going […]

Obamacare still struggling to sign up millennials

It isn't surprising that Obamacare would be less popular among those with the lowest medical costs. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

By Philip Klein, Washington Examiner Hoping to blunt the momentum of Obamacare repeal, officials are spending the closing days of the Obama administration trying to push the idea that the president’s signature healthcare law is a success. But a new administration report touted for showing growing enrollment on the law’s exchanges also contained bad news: […]

Rand Paul “excited” for Trump’s presidency, hopes to repeal Obamacare

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After Donald Trump’s surprising general election win, recently re-elected Kentucky senator and millennial favorite, Rand Paul, indicated that Congress would spend its first month under the new administration pushing to repeal overburdensome Obama regulations. “I have a prediction to make this morning,” Paul said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “I think we’re going to spend the […]

Thanks, Obamacare: Millennials face massive insurance premium increases

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The Affordable Care Act isn’t so ‘affordable’ anymore – especially for young and healthy millennials. Earlier this week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the cost of health insurance plans through the Obamacare exchanges were set to increase by an average of 25 percent in the upcoming year. The changes vary considerably […]

Why millennials still aren’t enrolling in Obamacare

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Millennial enrollment in Obamacare continues to be low, which has caused the Obama Administration to begin a campaign intended to promote greater participation in the program among young adults, ages 25-34. The president will hold a “Millennial Outreach and Engagement Summit” at the White House on Tuesday to articulate the minutia of his plan, and he has already written letters […]

Are millennials going to have health care in 10 years?

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I just graduated from college, and I’m worried that recent developments in the health care sector of our economy foreshadow a bleak future for young people. Will I have access to care when I hit 30 years old? Thousands of Americans are losing insurance and the promise of “affordable care” seems like it was a lie. Obamacare has […]

How millennials are driving free market health care improvements

In a Friday, May 6, 2016 photo, LSU medical student Felicia Venable, left, examines a patient as fellow students and medical residents observe during daily rounds at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La. Louisiana’s deep, persistent budget troubles are endangering the future of medical training programs. Proposed cuts to hospitals could damage the stream of new doctors for a generation, in a state that has chronic shortages of health care workers and some of the worst health care outcomes in the nation.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The high expectations of youth, nurtured by the era of the smartphone, could drive health care to become more responsive to patient demands. “The focus on living to be well, combined with an emphasis on cost consciousness and a thirst for convenience, could drastically recast the health care systems in towns big and small,” Holly […]

Study: How to combat obesity? Smoke

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The dramatic decline in smoking rates helped lower lung cancer and cardiovascular disease, but it’s also correlated with a rise in obesity. In health as in economics, there are no solutions — only tradeoffs. “It’s not unreasonable to think that the two might be at least somewhat related,” according to The Washington Post. Charles Baum, […]

Will these new regulations be the end of e-cigarettes?

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A state and federal campaign against e-cigarettes threatens to restrict and ban them, though they’re a safer alternative to conventional cigarettes. In California on Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed “a package of bills” that increase the legal smoking age to 21 while adding restrictions, regulations, and prohibitions for e-cigarettes and tobacco products, according to The […]

High healthcare costs push millennials to save money by avoiding the doctor

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High healthcare costs have led millennials to put the health of their bank account before the health of their body, according to Becker’s Hospital Review. Fifty percent of millennials admitted to delaying treatment because of cost, a survey from Xerox found. That’s not a dramatic deviation from the norm, either. About 45 percent of adults […]

Single-payer healthcare proposition will be on ballot in Colorado

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While everyone has their eyes on the presidential election for 2016, one state proposal could make huge news. As Healthcare Dive recently reported, Colorado will vote on single-payer healthcare in the upcoming election. The group behind the initiative, ColoradoCareYES has collected 10,000 signatures for it to appear on the ballot. The group’s website advertises the initiative […]

New Obamacare signup contest: 20 Liberal cities compete for Obama visit

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In order to boost enrollment numbers, President Obama has launched an Obamacare sign-up contest. Twenty cities have been pit against each other to see which one has the greatest increase in enrollment. Each of them is conveniently run by a Democratic mayor. The winning city will then be visited by Obama. What a prize. The […]

Supreme Court takes up Obamacare contraception mandate, again

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The Obamacare contraception mandate will find itself at the Supreme Court, again. In 2014, with the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods cases, the Court handed down a 5-4 decision allowing closely held for-profit companies to opt out of the law. The upcoming case will deal with non-profit organizations. The Court announced on Friday that it […]

Poll: Majority of millennials support Obamacare

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Support for Obamacare remains strongest among millennials, a recent poll found. In a Princeton Survey Research Associates International poll, 54 percent of participants aged 18-29 want to keep the Affordable Care Act in place, and 61 percent were not worried about affording health insurance in the future. The survey, done on behalf of InsuranceQuotes, found […]

Unrelated factors to diet, exercise make fitness more difficult today

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Staying fit and losing weight has become more difficult for millennials compared with previous generations. Researchers analyzing data from the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey on dietary information, exercise, and body mass index found that a person in 2006 who had identical calorie consumption and exercise habits to someone in 1988 nevertheless had a […]

Meme Debunk: Overzealous FDA, not capitalism, enabled pill price spike

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Outrage over Turing Pharmaceuticals, which increased a price of a drug by 4,000 percent overnight, is misplaced anger that should focus on overregulation by the Food and Drug Administration. So argues Will Wilkinson in a piece for the Niskanen Center. Martin Shkreli, the founder, exploited patent laws and a limited market in drugs available to […]

Obamacare 2.0: Hillary Clinton wants to cap drug costs

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Hillary Clinton wants to alter and improve Obamacare, and capping the cost of prescription drugs is her first step. A Monday morning tweet from Clinton stated that “price gouging like this in the specialty drug market is outrageous” as she linked to a New York Times article on a large increase for a drug that […]

Appeals Court rules against contraception mandate, making SCOTUS review likely

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The time may be ripe for the Supreme Court to once again decide on the Obamcare contraception mandate. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis broke with other appeals courts on Thursday. The pair of decisions ruled that the Obamacare contraception mandate’s opt-out program violated the rights of religious employers. Even though the […]

Audit details healthcare.gov boondoggle of contracts worth $600 million

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A new government audit of healthcare.gov found failures in management, oversight, unauthorized costs, and sloppy documentation as the federal government rolled out the online marketplace. The audit, from the Department of Health and Human Services, details the mistakes and offers several recommendations for improvement. The audit targeted the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the […]

Restricting drug company profits could kill innovation

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In healthcare, the desire for more affordable and accessible drug treatments could threaten the innovation that drives new, better drugs. In the New York Times, Vice Provost at the University of Pennsylvania Ezekiel Emanuel makes a case for price controls to curb the high costs to patients. “Despite representing about 1 percent of prescriptions in […]