Bipartisan “Right to Shop” Brings Transparency Back to Health Care

Josh Archambault
Foundation for Government Accountability

Maine’s Cost-Saving Solution has Potential to Change Health Care for the Nation

Twenty years ago, people bought cars after weeks of in-person haggling. Today, the entire deal can be made online.Ten years ago, dinner restaurants were selected by what the outside of the building looked like.Today, few select a restaurant before consulting internet reviews.Technology has made information more readily available than ever before—and with information comes choice.

Consumers enjoy choice in most every aspect of their lives—from gas prices to the cost of gro- ceries.Yet most Americans are forced to cede control of the most important aspect of their lives: their health.

The reason? Lack of information. Lack of transparency. Lack of positive incentives for both pa- tients and providers.

Latino students falling through the cracks in RPS: ‘They didn’t do anything to help me’

Melissa Hipolit
WTVR

It's not ideal, but a room tucked inside the Sacred Heart Center in Manchester serves as a makeshift classroom for dozens of Latino immigrants trying to get their GED.

One of the youngest students is 19-year-old Brayan Padilla.

He came to the United States from Honduras four years ago with his younger sister in search of a better life.

"In my country there is a lot of criminal activity. For example, there were a lot of dead bodies," Padilla said in Spanish through a translator.

What public schools could learn from Amazon's move into groceries

Kris Allen
Richmond Times-Dispatch

In August, Amazon entered the retail grocery market. Its goal: transform the economic value chain associated with traditional bricks-and-mortar grocery delivery.

Its plan: expand its scope, differentiate its product, cut cost by integrating grocers and customers into its larger e-commerce platform, and lower consumer prices. As Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon World Consumer, said, “And this is just the beginning — we will ... continuously lower prices as we invent together.” Traditional grocery chains’ market value dropped 8 percent overnight.

Education and grocery stores are different businesses, but both have much to learn from Amazon.

School choice can create the right option for individual students

Karen M.S. Hiltz
Richmond Times-Dispatch

I have served on a private school board, currently serve on a public School Board and can tell you that both environments seek to provide a meaningful educational experience that better prepares students for their next phase in life.

However, the student must decide on what that next phase will be — hopefully with parental guidance. Will that decision be the same for each student? Without a doubt, the answer is “no.”

Why Black Kids Get Trapped in Failing Schools

Walter E. Williams
Daily Signal

The educational achievement of white youngsters is nothing to write home about, but that achieved by blacks is nothing less than disgraceful.

Let’s look at a recent example of an educational outcome all too common.

In 2016, in 13 of Baltimore’s 39 high schools, not a single student scored proficient on the state’s mathematics exam. In six other high schools, only 1 percent tested proficient in math.

In raw numbers, 3,804 Baltimore students took the state’s math test, and 14 tested proficient. Citywide, only 15 percent of Baltimore students passed the state’s English test.

Rolling back Medicaid expansion can be done without forcibly removing anyone

Akash Chougule
The Hill

As Republicans in Congress grapple with healthcare reform, there are increasing reports that many are quietly seeking ways to preserve Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, frightened by the prospect of removing people from the program and the political consequences that might accompany it.

Projected Medicaid Expansion Costs Just Rose Again

Charles Blahous
Economics21

Earlier this month the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) actuary published a score of the House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Contained within that score is a concerning update of CMS’s projections for the costs of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.  Incredibly, the latest projections now indicate that per capita expansion costs will remain more than 50% higher, through 2022, than previously projected.

ACA Medicaid Expansion Enrollees 49 Percent More Expensive Than Projected

Mercatus Center

In a new video, Mercatus Center Senior Research Fellow Brian Blase discusses a report from the Department of Health and Human Services that finds Medicaid enrollees who gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act cost almost 50 percent more, on average, than the government projected just one year ago.