The April issue of Health Care News reports on a poll conducted by Managing Editor Benjamin Domenech of Republican governors, asking how they plan to deal with Obamacare’s requirement that they establish insurance exchanges. Only two – Florida’s Rick Scott and Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal – said they had no plans to move forward on an exchange. Most of the others are considering establishing exchanges with a sunset provision that would dismantle them if Obamacare is repealed, defunded, or struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. Only Mississippi’s Haley Barbour planned to go full steam ahead with an exchange.
Also in this issue:
- Although the U.S. remains the world leader in medical innovation, PriceWaterhouseCoopers finds that lead has slipped and will continue to decline over the next decade.
- Increased Medicare eligibility and higher costs under Obama’s health care law are creating big new burdens for already-strained state budgets.
- States have little flexibility under Obama’s law to move toward more consumer-friendly systems; Vermont is the first to consider single payer.
- Activist groups have complained to the Federal Trade Commission that drug firms should not be permitted to use social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter.
- A new study details failings of drugs from several overseas sources.
- A new book outlines the damage inflicted by anti-vaccine mythologists.
- The large number of waivers granted by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is prompting new inquiries from Congress.