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Obamacare failure now evident as health care costs rise nationwide

5/18/2011 - President Barack Obama's signature health care law was supposed to accomplish a couple of things. First, it was supposed to ensure that all Americans had access to quality healthcare; and second, it was supposed to reduce overall healthcare expenditures. In a word, the law - while admittedly not...

Why Wisconsin's economic protests will only spread as health care costs bankrupt the states

2/21/2011 - What we're really seeing today with the union worker protests in Madison, Wisconsin is the collision of money desires with fiscal reality. Everywhere across the country, union workers want to take home more money. Across the board, from teachers and firemen to law enforcement officers and government...

New York owes $200 billion in retiree health care costs - but there's no money

1/8/2011 - New York State, along with its cities and counties, have promised $200 billion worth of retirement health care benefits to their employees, and no one knows where that money is going to come from, according to a study conducted by the Empire Center for New York State Policy. Unless the governments...

Why U.S. Companies Are Broke: Health Care Costs Rising Another 9 Percent in 2010

11/24/2009 - Businesses in the United States are expected to spend 9 percent more on health care in 2010 than they did in 2009, according to an annual survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers. According to previous surveys, the cost of health care increased by 9.9 percent between 2007 and 2008, then another...

To Save on Health Care Costs, Counties Refuse to Hire Smokers

9/5/2008 - Counties and cities across Florida are increasingly refusing to hire smokers, in an effort to reign in rising health care costs. Employers' right to discriminate against smokers in hiring was upheld by the Florida Supreme Court in 1995, when a woman sued the city of North Miami for violating her...

Medical tourism flourishing in Philippines while U.S. health care costs skyrocket

10/31/2006 - The Health Undersecretary of the Philippines -- Jade del Mundo -- recently stated that the bustling medical tourism program of the Philippines is allowing new doors to open in the nursing field, adding that the current multi-million dollar medical tourism program would be expanding in the provinces...

Health care costs are bankrupting employers, employees, surveys find

10/27/2006 - Americans are growing increasingly dissatisfied with the health insurance costs of the employer-sponsored health care system, according to the annual Health Confidence Survey. The survey found that overall dissatisfaction with health insurance costs increased from 33 percent last year to 52 percent,...

Why we should bar smokers from taxpayer-funded health care coverage

3/6/2005 - Is it time to ban cigarettes yet? In this essay, I'm going to give you three different perspectives on the issue. From one perspective, the public health view that says cigarettes are a deadly product that causes untold pain, suffering and death in the American population. From another view, I'll talk...

How to slash national health care costs by 90% through education, nutrition, and a ban on junk food marketing

12/5/2004 - Want a real solution to skyrocketing health care costs? Forget about all the so-called "cost saving" schemes dreamed up by politicians, drug companies and HMOs. All they do is create new levels of bureaucracy that don't address the real problems of why health care costs are so high in the first place....

Skyrocketing health care costs make U.S. employers non-competitive in the global marketplace

8/8/2004 - Skyrocketing health insurance costs are heavily impacting employers in the United States. Now, for the first time, medical benefits to employees has become the most expensive benefit paid by employers, according to a new report issued by the Employment Policy Foundation. The cost of health care for...

More Employees Unable To Receive Health Insurance Coverage Through Their Employers; Prevention, Not Disease Treatment, Is The Answer

8/6/2004 - A new study from the Washington, D.C. based Center for Studying Health System Change has revealed that 9 million Americans no longer have health insurance coverage through their employers compared to those who received coverage in 2001. In other words, employers' ability to provide health insurance...

Health insurance costs continue to spiral out of control

11/19/2003 3:28:40 PM - Health insurance costs for employers continue to climb at an outrageous pace. We all know that. But what's the cause? Although almost nobody will admit it, there are really three primary causes of spiraling health care costs. 1. Drug company profiteering. They're doing everything they can to squeeze...

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