Louisiana’s medical society reports doubling of hospital employment in four years, and as the profession ages fewer are set to work in private practice. “This signals the further decline in the free practice of medicine,” says Dr. Thomas Kendall Sr., a South Carolina spokesman for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.
As the legal challenges to ObamaCare continue to make their way around the country, Louisiana officials should know they do not need to play Washington D.C.’s game, an ALEC policy specialist told the Pelican Institute in an interview.
State Lawmakers can resist grants with “Federal Strings” and suspend rule-making. Earlier, bipartisan legislation from Louisiana has indicated the plausibility of such tactics.
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has announced that he will reintroduce his bill to cancel out ObamaCare when the Senate reconvenes Jan. 25.
Just as the “Hippocratic Oath” counsels medical professionals to avoiding doing any harm to patients before beginning surgery, state lawmakers should guard against harmful policy measures that inflate costs and undermine service.
As the U.S. House of Representatives approaches a repeal vote on ObamaCare, Michael Tanner used an op-ed in this morning’s Shreveport Times to correct what he believes are prevailing myths of the legislation.
This morning, 200 economists released an open letter to Congressional leaders calling for the health care law to be repealed and replaced.
Many of the arguments against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ObamaCare, center on the constitutionality of the individual mandate, or the reduction in quality coverage stemming from the legislation’s provisions.
Three members of Louisiana’s Congressional delegation have signed on
Two advocacy groups, American Majority Action and Independent Women’s Voice, have ramped up efforts to “make ObamaCare an issue in this election campaign.” With headquarters in four battle ground states, the organizations have 115 federal candidate or incumbent signatories to their Repeal Obamacare Pledge, including two Democrats and 74 challengers.
In the midst of Louisiana’s education budget crisis, it is understandable that frustrated citizens have taken to looking for scapegoats. Accordingly, it’s not surprising to see many bumper stickers decrying Governor Jindal’s perceived role as the chief culprit for the cuts which threaten the quality of our higher education system. While placing the burden of blame on our governor may be convenient, it is inaccurate. Our lack of funding is not the result of draconian decisions from the governor’s mansion, but from a culture of wasteful spending and a bloated governing apparatus.
State Treasurer John Kennedy recently laid out 16 measures that would save nearly $3 billion in state funds, which can then be allocated to health care and education. Treasurer Kennedy’s listed measures are grounded in common-sense and practicality. His first suggestion is axiomatic: “Do not raise taxes or fees. We do not need to. It won’t work anyway. Ask California.”