Providing affordable access to quality health care is a worthy and important goal, but the current path of increased government power over the patient-doctor relationship that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides is not an acceptable solution. This federal mandate is a tax in disguise that forces citizens to purchase insurance plans and threatens our small businesses with penalties. The specific requirements in the ACA legislation will inevitably constrain job creation and add another layer of bureaucracy to an already bogged down system. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, this tax could reduce private-sector employment by several hundred thousand jobs over the next decade, more than half of which would come from small businesses, and the impact on the gross domestic product could be as high as $185 billion.

Its implications will limit the amount of choices available on the market and will continue to lead the nation down a path of fiscal unsustainability. Additionally, the plan does little to combat the excessive waste, fraud and abuse currently straining the system. It is simply an unaffordable plan that falls short of the reform we truly need. Real reform must be efficient, effective and patient-centered. A market-based health care system would provide people the opportunity to shop around and force healthcare providers to keep costs down while maintaining quality service.

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Rising Health Insurance Rates Continue to Pose Challenges for Latino Families

Hispanics know that despite a lot of activity in Washington in recent years, it’s still hard to afford quality health care and health insurance. More than twice as many Hispanics are without health insurance as compared to white Americans, and more than one-quarter of Hispanics went without a health care visit in the last year, … Read More
Hispanics Will See Skyrocketing Obamacare Premiums for 2018

Hispanics Will See Skyrocketing Obamacare Premiums for 2018

A new report shows that the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare – is causing 2018 individual health insurance premiums to explode. States with the highest Hispanic populations will be among those with the most significant increases. Here is a look at some of the highest premium spikes: This is another painful reminder … Read More
A Tale of Two Healthcare Systems

A Tale of Two Healthcare Systems

For years, free market advocates have warned about how terrible Medicaid actually is for its enrollees, who suffer long wait times, poor access to care, and sub-par health outcomes. Now, however, the shoddy state of Medicaid versus the rest of the American healthcare system has become the subject of a court case that throws the … Read More
Failures of Government-Run Health Care Devastate Patients in Venezuela

Failures of Government-Run Healthcare Devastate Patients in Venezuela

 As millions of people struggle to find food amid violence and escalating anti-regime protests, Venezuelans face another plight – surviving the failed state-run heath care system.  Critically-ill patients like 16-year old Maikol Mendoza, the last recipient of an organ transplant in the Dr. José Manuel de los Ríos Children’s Hospital, struggle to recover while hospitals are unable to provide nutrition and … Read More
Obamacare is Wrong for Latinos

Obamacare is Wrong for Latinos

Obamacare is wrong for Latinos. That’s what Daniel Garza, the LIBRE Institute’s president, argues in a recent op-ed on The Hill. And he’s absolutely right. In his op-ed, Garza points out that Obamacare’s structure had fatal flaws. He says, “the law depended on many Latinos enrolling in government health care. What the Obama administration didn’t realize, … Read More
Obamacare Continues to Fall Short of Expectations

Obamacare Continues to Fall Short of Expectations

About 23 million people will enroll in a health insurance plan through an Obamacare exchange in 2017—at least that was the prediction the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) made in 2010. Fast forward seven years and the number of people getting health care coverage through an Obamacare exchange is much lower. In fact, the Associated Press estimates that it’s … Read More

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