Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Obamacare's Medical-Device Tax to Cost $2 Billion R&D, 1 Million Life-Years, Annually

Obamacare levies an excise tax on medical devices that will reduce research & development investment by over $2 billion every year, beginning in 2013. This will have an impact on patients' health. An initial estimate figures that this will cause a loss of one million life-years annually.

Read this month's Health Policy Prescription, by Benjamin Zycher, at this link.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Interstate Purchase of Health Insurance? No Magic Bullet

Many conservatives promote the idea of interstate purchase of health insurance as a solution to the health-insurance crisis. What exactly does this mean?

In fact, health insurers "sell across state lines" already. Generally speaking, large insurers either have separate subsidiaries in different states (e.g. WellPoint) or write policies from a balance sheet in the state in which they are domiciled (e.g CIGNA).

But interstate purchase as described by conservative activists is somewhat different. In a podcast produced by the Heartland Institute, I explain why it is an impractical solution.

Listen to it here.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Debate on Obamacare at UC San Diego

The Benjamin Rush Society Presents The Arthur N. Rupe Debate Series:
Be It Resolved That:

"Obamacare (PPACA) Is Harmful to Physicians & Patients"

University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine
Medical Education - Telemedicine (MET) Building, Auditorium 9500 Gilman Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92093-0618

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pre-debate reception at 5:00 p.m. Debate at 6:00 p.m.

In Favor:

Robert Hertzka, MD (San Diego, CA)
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
Past President, California Medical Assoc. & San Diego County Medical Society

Robert Moffit, PhD (Washington, DC)
Senior Fellow, Center for Policy Innovation, The Heritage Foundation
In Opposition:

James Cruz MD
(San Diego, CA)
Medical Director for Medicare, Molina Healthcare

Micah Weinberg, PhD (San Francisco, CA)
Senior Policy Advisor, Bay Area Council
Senior Research Fellow, Bay Area Council Economic Institute

Tom Fudge
(San Diego, CA)
Morning Edition Anchor, KPBS Public Broadcasting

This event is free but seating is limited. Please reserve your seat by registering at this link.

(A map showing the nearest parking is at this link.)

(A printable version of this invitation is at this link.)

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