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Jun 19, 2015

Code Blue is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health-care reform.

Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. Is Obamacare the best we can do?

On this week's episode, hosts Jason Hart and Ben Yount discuss the upcoming Supreme Court ruling in the King v. Burwell case, which could effectively neuter a huge part of the Affordable Care Act by eliminating health insurance subsidies handed out through the federal exchange.

It could be a very big deal. There are 34 states that rely on the federal exchange to provide health insurance subsidies to their residents, and many of them have passed laws that would block state-level exchanges.  States that have already formed state-level exchanges would be fine, but many of them are facing their own problems (like Hawaii, which recently ditched its own exchange after blowing millions on dollars on it).

If the Supreme Court tosses the federal health insurance exchanges, it will provide "the best political window" for Congress to seriously change how Obamacare works, says Josh Archambault, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Jun 11, 2015

Code Blue is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health-care reform.

Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. Is Obamacare the best we can do?

This week, hosts Eric Boehm and Jason Hart take a look at the Medicaid expansion in Ohio, which is running off the rails after less than a year and a half.

As Hart reported this week, after just 17 months, Gov. John Kasich’s Obamacare expansion has cost federal taxpayers $3.7 billion. That’s over $1 billion more than the Kasich administration projected for the expansion’s first 18 months.

For now, the higher-than-expected costs are being picked up by federal taxpayers, but that will change in a few years and state taxpayers will have to pay as much as $30 million per month to cover the increased costs brought by the expansion.

Then, with the Supreme Court getting ready to issue a decision in the King v. Burwell case, Boehm and Hart preview some of the big arguments and the bigger consequences that the legal challenge to Obamacare could have for people and state governments.

May 21, 2015

By Jason Hart, Katie Watson and Ben Yount | Watchdog Radio

Code Blue is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health care reform.

Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. Is Obamacare the best we can do?

This week, Ben Yount sits down for an interview with Adam Smith from the Mercatus Center (no, not THAT Adam Smith) to talk about his recent article on the so-called "baptists, bootleggers and televangelists" that helped to turn government-run health insurance into a reality.

Then, Hart and Watson discuss how the unique combination of baptists (the "true-believers" who want a certain government policy) and the bootleggers (those who benefit from government sitting up artificial limits on competition) combine to make government policy in other areas of the political sphere.

May 15, 2015

Code Blue is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health care reform.

Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. Is Obamacare the best we can do?

In this week's episode, hosts Katie Watson and Jason Hart take a look at the politics of Medicaid expansion. Governors, like Rick Scott in Florida, who once opposed the idea of expanding Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act, are coming around - enticed by the promise of federal cash flowing to their state budgets.

But does Medicaid expansion mean quality care for the poor? Most studies say no.

Also: should nurse practitioners be allowed to work without contracting through a doctor? Reducing regulations like that could help improve care and lower costs.

 

Apr 29, 2015

Code Blue is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health care reform.

Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. Is Obamacare the best we can do?

In this week's episode, hosts Katie Watson and Jason Hart sit down with Matt Miller, an attorney at the Institute for Justice, to talk about IJ's case in Arkansas - where a dentist has been threatened with the loss of his dental license for offering prices that are considered too low.  The dentist is just trying to help out low-income residents who don't have dental insurance, but the state government is determined to stop him.

Apr 17, 2015

By Katie Watson and Jason Hart | Watchdog Radio

Code Blue is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health care reform.

Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. Is Obamacare the best we can do?

In this week's episode, hosts Katie Watson and Jason Hart take a deep-dive into the so-called "Doc Fix" bill approved by Congress last week. It's not exactly fixing some of the underlying issues with Medicaid, which continues to be billions of dollars in the red, but at least it will put an end to annual fights over how doctors are reimbursed for their services.

Apr 7, 2015

Code Blue is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health care reform.

Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. Is Obamacare the best we can do?

Well, no, it's not.  From Paul Ryan's budget plan to idea cooked up by think tanks across the country, there are plenty of ideas about how to repair or replace the Affordable Care Act.  In this week's episode, hosts  Katie Watson and Jason Hart take a look at a few of them.

 

Mar 31, 2015

Code Blue is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health care reform.

Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. Is Obamacare the best we can do?

In this week’s episode, hosts Katie Watson and Jason Hart take a look at the ongoing problems in the Department of Veteran's Affairs, particularly those affecting how veterans get access to medical care.  It might not be front-page news anymore, but there's a long list of problems at the VA and the department's lack of transpaency isn't helping matters.

Hart and Watson attempt to answer a tough question: why is the government so incapable of providing quality care?

 

Mar 24, 2015

Code Blue is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health care reform.

Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. Is Obamacare the best we can do?

In this week's episode, hosts Katie Watson and Jason Hart wish Obamacare a happy 5th anniversary.  The Affordable Care Act has booted millions of Americans off their health insurance plans, forced them to use a crappy website to find a more expensive alternative and caused premiums to rise.  Other than that, it's a rousing success!

 

Mar 18, 2015

Code Blue is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health care reform.

Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. Is Obamacare the best we can do?

In this week's episode, hosts Katie Watson and Jason Hart take a look at one of the biggest myths surrounding Medicaid expansion: If your state decides not to expand Medicaid in accordance with the Affordable Care Act, does that mean other states get to take "your" share of the federal dollars?

It's a claim that has been repeated from coast-to-coast by proponents of Medicaid expansion, but the Congressional Research Service says that's just not true. 

Mar 12, 2015

In this week's episode, hosts Katie Watson and Jason Hart take a look at the oral arguments in the King v. Burwell case that was before the Supreme Court this week. At the center of the case is a question about the text of the Affordable Care Act: are people enrolled through the federal exchange eligible for subsidies. The federal government (particularly the IRS) says yes, but others don't agree.

Then, what the heck is up with the rising costs of health care? Premiums are continuing to skyrocket, and many households can't afford it anymore.

Mar 6, 2015

Code Blue is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health care reform.

Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there.

The Medicaid expansion math doesn't add up. In this week's edition of Code Blue, Jason Hart and Katie Watson get out the calculators and go through the real numbers on Medicaid expansion in the states. And they find that while adding millions of people to Medicaid as part of Obamacare was easy, paying for those people will be next to impossible in the coming years.

Feb 27, 2015

Code Blue is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health care reform. Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. In this week’s episode, Katie Watson and Jason Hart take a look at the budgetary and practical pitfalls of Medicaid expansion, which continues to entice states into accepting a massive expansion of federal entitlement spending. But it’s not just about

Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. In this week’s episode, Katie Watson and Jason Hart take a look at the budgetary and practical pitfalls of Medicaid expansion, which continues to entice states into accepting a massive expansion of federal entitlement spending. But it’s not just about

In this week’s episode, Katie Watson and Jason Hart take a look at the budgetary and practical pitfalls of Medicaid expansion, which continues to entice states into accepting a massive expansion of federal entitlement spending. But it’s not just about costs, because Medicaid expansion creates problems with doctor availability and hospital visits.

Feb 27, 2015

Code Blue is Watchdog Radio's weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health care reform.

Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there.

In this week's episode, hosts Katie Watson and Jason Hart examine the latest cultural and political debate over vaccinations. Is the government allowed to require vaccinations for the good of the many, even at the expense of individual's right to choose what is best for themselves and their children?  What role will the vaccination debate play in the 2016 presidential race?

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