More Philip Klein Articles

  • HHS rule would further tighten noose on individual insurance market

    President Obama's health care law vastly expanded the role of the federal government in regulating health insurance, a job that has traditionally been left to state governments. Fearing that individuals might exploit an exception in the existing regulations, the Department of Health and Human...

  • Sylvia Mathews Burwell confirmation hearing should focus on vast powers of HHS secretary position through Obamacare

    After President Obama's health care law passed in March 2010, I dubbed Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius the "Empress of Obamacare" given the vast powers granted to her under the new law. Now, after wielding that power through the tumultuous rollout of the health care...

  • Chris Christie ain't got it

    There's a scene in the comedy film “High Anxiety” in which a driver meets Mel Brooks at the airport and offers to pick up his cumbersome trunk. “I got it, I got it, I got it,” the driver insists as he struggles to lift the luggage before gasping, “I ain't got it!” It lands with a thud.

  • Enrollees in Obamacare's exchanges used more costly prescription drugs than is typical, report says

    Americans who obtained health insurance on exchanges through President Obama's health care law are using more costly prescription drugs than is typical, according to a new report from Express Scripts, the nation's largest provider of pharmacy benefits. Because claims for prescription drugs...

  • Reversal of Medicare Advantage cuts could be ominous sign for Obamacare

    Central to the deficit reduction claims of President Obama's health care law is the assumption that its cuts to Medicare will be implemented and generate massive savings. But on Monday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that planned cuts to Medicare Advantage had been...

  • How much does Obamacare actually cost?

    It's a question that has been at the heart of the health care debate for the past five years, and one that has been the source of plenty of confusion and misinformation.

  • Obama's victory lap obscures signs of rising health spending

    As President Obama took his victory lap Tuesday, declaring that 7.1 million people signed up for coverage through his health care program, he said, “The bottom line is this: Under this law, the share of Americans with insurance is up and the growth of health care costs is down.” This...

  • Bobby Jindal: Conservatives 'absolutely' can't give up fight to repeal Obamacare

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal came to Washington on Wednesday with a message to those arguing that conservatives would have to operate within the policy framework created by President Obama's health care law: “I absolutely do not think we can give up the fight to repeal Obamacare.” The...

  • Paul Ryan calls 7 million signups a 'Pyrrhic victory' for Obamacare

    House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Tuesday said President Obama's touting of more than 7 million signups through his health care law represented a “Pyrrhic victory.”

  • Obamacare's 7 million sign-ups present challenge for Republicans

    Riding a late tidal wave of interest, President Obama's health care law has overcome its early botched rollout to sign up more than 7 million Americans, the White House announced on Tuesday. As I’ve noted in the past, there are a number of questions surrounding the headline numbers touted by...

  • Paul Ryan doesn't rock the boat with 2015 budget

    Throughout his political career, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has alternated between being the Republican Party's courageous idea man and serving as one of its loyal soldiers.

  • Significantly fewer uninsured Americans gaining coverage under Obamacare than expected

    With the official deadline for Americans to sign up for coverage through President Obama's health care law set for Monday at midnight, the Los Angeles Times is out with a story highlighting the millions of previously uninsured Americans who have gained coverage as a result of the law. But the...

  • Would a GOP takeover of the Senate kill the employer mandate?

    It isn't clear that Republicans would want to pass an isolated repeal of the employer mandate. And even if the GOP did pass it, would President Obama be willing to sign it?

  • Five unanswered questions on Obamacare enrollment

    On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that 6 million Americans had now selected an insurance plan through President Obama's health care law due to a late surge ahead of the advertised deadline of March 31 to sign up for coverage without facing a penalty. But that...

  • Time to scrap the mortgage interest deduction

    In the coming weeks, Americans will spend an average of 13 hours and $210 to prepare their federal taxes. Beyond the compliance burden the federal tax code imposes, it also distorts economic activity and discriminates against some taxpayers in favor of others. But one of its most egregiously...



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