Lower Costs

Skyrocketing health care costs are one of the greatest barriers to better health. Unfortunately, federal and state red tape and mismanagement prevent or reduce competition, driving up prices in the health care marketplace.

States can reverse this trend in a variety of ways, such as relaxing restrictions on telemedicine, giving nurse practitioners full scope of practice in areas where they are trained to act independently, and lifting certificate-of-need restrictions that prevent expansion of hospitals and medical practices.

Currently, 35 states have certificate-of-need laws that require hospitals to get government approval before expanding or creating new medical services in a community. These laws were intended to control health care costs, but because they are based on a top-down model of the economy, they have actually increased costs and decreased patient choices.

The federal government and the states need to work together to find common-sense solutions that increase competition and bring costs down for everyone.

May 03, 2016

Fewer Choices, Less Competition: ACA Exchanges Nearly Three Years Later

In an op-ed for Morning Consult, Freedom Partners Senior Policy Advisor Nathan Nascimento wrote about how the Affordable Care Act is leading to fewer choices and less competition. The Affordable Care…

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Apr 25, 2016

Insurance Companies: Bigger Premium Increases Coming in 2017

A former administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services under the Obama administration is predicting that health insurance premiums in the Affordable Care Act exchanges for 2017 will increase even…

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Apr 20, 2016

The Effects of UnitedHealth’s Exchange Withdrawals: Fewer Choices and Higher Premiums

Yesterday, UnitedHealth Group Inc. announced its plan to pull out of most of the 34 states where it currently offers health care plans on Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges. According to The…

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Apr 19, 2016

Freedom Partners Statement on UnitedHealthcare Announcement

Arlington, VA — America’s biggest insurer, UnitedHealthcare, today announced that in 2017 it will pull out of most of the 34 Obamacare exchanges where it currently offers plans, citing financial losses. This…

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Apr 14, 2016

Kaiser: Out-of-Pocket Costs Rising Faster than Costs Covered by Insurance

After all of the Obama administration’s promises of better coverage under the Affordable Care Act, a new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals that workers’ out-of-pocket health care…

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Apr 08, 2016

“I Liked My Insurance, but Couldn’t Keep It” What People Are Saying About the ACA

Recently, Freedom Partners shared on Facebook our recent Affordable Care Act research showing that health insurance premiums in the five years since the passage of Obamacare have risen at a faster rate…

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Mar 23, 2016

New Report: Obamacare’s Failing — by the White House’s Own Metrics

March 23 is the Affordable Care Act’s 6th anniversary, but a new Freedom Partners analysis shows that with health insurance premiums growing as fast as ever, there’s not much for…

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Mar 23, 2016

ANALYSIS: ACA Failing by the Administration’s Own Standards

Arlington, VA — On the six-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, a new analysis from Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce debunks the central and often-repeated claims of the Obama administration…

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Mar 21, 2016

GAO Report Shows More CO-OPs Likely to Fail

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the Affordable Care Act’s nonprofit Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs) reveals that more of the nonprofit CO-OPs are…

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Mar 03, 2016

Freedom Partners Releases 2016 Obamacare Deductible Increase Tracker

Arlington, VA – Today Freedom Partners is releasing the 2016 Obamacare Deductible Increase Tracker, a comprehensive look at the skyrocketing deductibles under the Affordable Care Act. Combined with increasing premiums, regulations and taxes…

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