Greg Scandlen

Greg Scandlen (gscandlen@heartland.org) is director of Consumers for Health Care Choices, a project of The Heartland Institute.

A Plea to the New Republican Majority

 

I’ve been re-reading the Federalist Papers and was struck by Madison’s caution about factions in Number 10. He writes: “Complaints are everywhere heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens… that measures are too often decided not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force […]

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Another Federal Giveaway to Unions

 

HHS announced this week that 2,000 “groups” are eligible to receive money for “reinsuring” their retiree health programs. Only a third (32%) are private businesses, the rest are state and local governments (26%), unions (22%), “education” (I guess public universities) (14%), and non-profits  (5%). For years these organizations have been giving in to union demands […]

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Federal Rate Review?

 

The appalling ignorance in Washington about insurance issues is underscored by President Obama’s sudden interest in having federal oversight of health insurance premiums. Once again, these people do not have the slightest idea of what they are doing. One company (WellPoint) issues rates that Obama thinks are too high. But his reaction is based on […]

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Redistricting

 

The Washington Post reports on a Republican push to take back state legislatures. That is fine, except the article quotes Ed Gillespie as saying the main purpose is to control redistricting and gain back Congressional seats. He says, “Targeting 35 to 40 state legislative races this cycle could translate into 25 to 32 U.S. House […]

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They Still Don’t Get It

 

I don’t know Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA). Don’t know a thing about him. But if an article about his recent town hall meeting on health care is accurate, and if he is representative of other Congressional Republicans, it looks like they haven’t learned a damned thing over the past year of frenzied debate. The article […]

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Republicans Botched Health Care First

 

If you want to understand how the Democrats have been able to push through a gargantuan overhaul of the nation’s health care system that the public overwhelmingly opposes, a good place to look is the Republican Party. It’s not that Republicans didn’t do anything; in fact they passed a lot of legislation on health care. […]

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Sir Richard Peers Out the Window

 

Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen fancies himself an expert on health care because his wife has been seriously ill. He says that while being in her hospital room, I would sometimes drift to the window and look out over a city with several million people and wonder: What do they do? What do they do […]

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Thank you, Mr. Obama!

 

I don’t know about you, but I think this health reform stuff is going to be GREAT! I currently have a pretty good deal. I’m 62 years old with high blood pressure and cholesterol. I pay $322/month ($3,864 a year) for an HSA qualifying policy with a $2,500 deductible. I know I won’t be able […]

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Opportunity Lost

 

Now that President Obama and the Congressional Democrats are twisting themselves like pretzels to get something – anything – passed on health reform with no Republican support, it might be worth reviewing what might have been. During the campaign, Mr. Obama promised to work in a bipartisan fashion to solve problems. He told one interviewer, […]

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Co-Pays versus Coinsurance

 

Hoo, boy. Every day brings more surprises. Reading the House bill I came across a peculiar provision I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere. As part of Title II, Subtitle C, “Standards Guaranteeing Access to Essential Benefits” there is this “In establishing cost-sharing levels for basic, enhanced, and premium plans under this subsection, the Secretary shall, to […]

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