ObamaCare, Medicaid and emergency rooms

According to NPR, some emergency room doctors say the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) will make emergency room overcrowding worse: Hospital emergency rooms, the theory goes, get overcrowded because people without health insurance have no place else to go. But that’s not the view of the doctors who staff those emergency departments. The…

The real picture of entitlement spending

While Washington continues to battle over the budget, the forecast for entitlement spending grows more grim. This graph by The Heritage Foundation’s lead budget analyst, Brian Riedl, shows the trajectory of entitlement spending in the US budget. Riedl’s estimates reveals an increasingly problematic trend. From 2008 to 2020, he projects entitlement spending (Social Security, Medicare…

Quote of the day: Mourning ‘the death of fiscal federalism’

“We should mourn the death of fiscal federalism. “The fear of losing taxpayers to another jurisdiction gives policymakers an incentive to keep taxes, regulations and other intrusions modest; but homogenized, top-down policy diminishes the incentives for states to compete for residents. “Instead of competing for residents, states compete for federal funding and privileges. It’s a…

What can Kentucky do about Obamacare?

Not only will failing to bring down Obamacare result in a loss of our personal liberties, it will also offer the equivalent of a “do not resuscitate order” for one of America’s greatest founding principles — federalism, writes the Heritage Foundation’s Robert Moffit. Moffit notes the uniquely American principle of federalism “was already on life…

‘Rewarding Failure’, ‘Operation: Open Records’ are not baloney

In case you missed it, Kentucky’s governor thinks the work of the Bluegrass Institute is baloney… http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F14685482 Gov. Beshear calls BIPPS baloney by Bluegrass Institute “Rewarding Failure” is a report released by the Bluegrass Institute earlier this year talking about the lack of accountability in the performance evaluations of Kentucky’s school district superintendents.  It was…