The Center for a Free Economy believes in a health care system which is focused on the empowered patient and her doctor. Neither the government nor big business forces in the healthcare system should not get between patients and providers. Families need the means to take control of their own health care decisions. It’s also important to remember that health care policy these days is tax policy, and vice-versa.
Recent News about Healthcare Policy:
The Center for a Free Economy, along with 75 other conservative groups, this week sent a letter to Congressional Republicans urging them to reject price controls in any form when it comes to health care policy changes. Click here to see the letter.
By Ryan Ellis An emerging axiom in politics is that the political party that is trying to take healthcare choices away from people loses, and the opposing party wins. The conservative House Republican Study Committee seems to have learned that lesson in their impressive new healthcare plan, particularly when it comes to the most important healthcare voters: seniors. The first order of business in any healthcare plan is to tell people that the latest big ideas from Washington won't threaten the healthcare they have and mostly like (the devil they know). The Republican Study Committee plan smartly begins with this defense and does not skip over it. House conservatives are committed to protecting seniors over age 65 (as well as the somewhat younger seniors transitioning from the workforce into retirement) from the destabilizing effects of “Medicare for All” socialized-medicine schemes. Seniors know that Medicare for All means much higher taxes [...]
By Ryan Ellis When it comes to any issue, especially healthcare, there is very little bipartisan commonsense cooperation in Washington these days. That’s too bad, because there are a lot of areas in healthcare where the parties substantively agree but can’t get past the “gotcha” stage. H.R. 3796, the Health Savings for Seniors Act, co-sponsored by Reps. Jason Smith, a Republican from Missouri, and Ami Bera, a Democrat from California, is a rare exception. In a Congress in which legislating takes a back seat to posturing, H.R. 3796 deserves to become law. The Health Savings for Seniors Act is simple in concept. It would allow any senior enrolled in Medicare to contribute to a health savings account. Under current law, seniors are prohibited from contributing to an HSA once they enroll in Medicare at age 65, even if they maintain HSA-qualified health insurance independent of Medicare. What would this mean [...]
By Ryan Ellis The White House this week is hosting a listening session with conservatives on “Building Great Healthcare in America.” Where should this begin? Without a doubt, the signature conservative healthcare policy achievement of all time is the creation of the “health savings account,” or HSA. Since their genesis in 2003 (itself a compromise to help pass Medicare’s prescription drug benefit and private sector delivery portal), HSAs have become the core nucleus of free market healthcare reform. An HSA is a triple tax-free account. Contributions are tax deductible. The money deposited can earn interest or even be invested with tax-free growth. HSA dollars can be distributed without tax if used for healthcare expenses. There is no “use it or lose it” with HSAs — any money not spent rolls over year to year, just like an IRA or a 401(k). The only catch is that in order to have [...]
By Ryan Ellis Ever since his name was floated as the front-runner for nomination to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh’s ample body of decisions has undergone extreme vetting inside conservative journals of opinion. Some of these analyses have been more scholarly (or at least more cognizant of the art of the legal profession) than others. One of the most resonant debates centers around Kavanaugh’s dissent as a D.C. Circuit Court judge in Seven Sky v. Holder. In that dissent, he did not rule on the merits of the case. Rather, he said that the case could not be heard by the court because to do so would violate the “Anti-Injunction Act.” To quote Kavanaugh: “The Anti-Injunction Act applies here because plaintiffs' pre-enforcement suit, if successful, would prevent the IRS from assessing or collecting tax penalties from citizens who do not have health insurance. That straightforward chain of logic convincingly demonstrates [...]
By: Ryan Ellis Congressional Democrats desperately want to blame Republicans for spiraling health insurance premium increases in the Obamacare program. Most analysts predict that the cost of Obamacare health insurance plans will increase by 10-20 percent in 2019, with the sticker shock letters dropping in mailboxes just before the election. Double digit increases are nothing new to the 12 million or so individuals and families trapped in Obamacare, but Democrats are hoping that voters can be convinced that President Trump and congressional Republicans somehow “sabotaged” the program. That would, Democrats hope, serve as the blame for this year’s annual spike in premiums, an increase which has occurred yearly since Obamacare was signed into law. That’s why on Tuesday, the House Ways and Means Committee advanced a series of bills to expand health savings accounts and thereby give direct assistance to families suffering from Obamacare price spikes. Among these bills [...]