Jun 28, 2012
This is a dark day for the American ideal of representative democracy within a republican form of government.
Jun 27, 2012
What is at stake for Minnesota?
Jun 25, 2012
Gallup announced the results of its latest poll on public opinion on health care and the Affordable Care Act. Their findings are....
Apr 16, 2012
Reporting on one of last week’s more irritating “get out of my face” events, the Star Tribune ran a piece about how an outfit in Boston, something called “Corporate Accountability International” had urged Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis to get rid of its McDonald’s restaurant, which has been onsite for more than 20 years. A spokesman for the group was quoted as saying how having such a restaurant in a hospital “really runs counter to the goals of a health institution.”
Mar 26, 2012
Minnesota Free Market Institute at the Center has joined an Amici Curiae (friend of the court) brief concerning the “individual mandate,” a central provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), which was signed into law on March 23, 2010.
Expect decades of litigation and tremendous public backlash if the Supreme Court upholds Obama’s health care law
Mar 23, 2012
Next Monday, the Supreme Court will begin hearing three days of oral arguments on the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care legislation. One of the key provisions at issue is the constitutionality of the individual mandate—the requirement that all Americans must purchase health insurance.
Mar 16, 2012
Kim Crockett testified in the Senate HHS Committee this week in favor of the repeal of a moratorium on the construction of new radiation therapy facilities (for the treatment of cancer) in the 14 county Metro area. This long-standing moratorium favors one provider over other entrants into the marketplace. Matt Shafer from the American Cancer Society also provided testimony about the increase in cancer rates in our aging population (and concerns about access to care).
Feb 13, 2012
Should a state-focused think tank care about ObamaCare? How about state legislators? You betcha! That’s why the Minnesota Free Market Institute at the Center of the American Experiment has joined in a legal brief on the question of whether Congress can require you to purchase health insurance.
$1.8 billion cut to health and human services delivers a responsible set of solutions to state’s budget problems
May 21, 2011
Early on in the legislative session, the Minnesota House and Senate set out to cut $1.6 billion from the health and human services (HHS) budget. These cuts are part of a broader strategy to balance Minnesota’s projected $5 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. Mid-week, the House and the Senate finished their work and passed a HHS budget with cuts totaling $1.8 billion. (They hit their $1.6 billion target for the general fund and cut another $222 million from the health care access fund.)
May 2, 2011
Here’s a guaranteed way of saving almost real money on health care costs. If a provider, such as a lab, winds up owing a patient under two cents, it should refrain from sending him a check for that amount, because if I had to guess, the stamp alone costs at least that much.