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Nearly every Republican running for President—even Donald Trump!—has released a plan to overhaul the federal tax code. One of the more interesting proposals for reforming corporate taxes has come from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who favors replacing the corporate income tax with what Cruz calls a “business flat tax,” and what Canadians and Europeans call a “value-added tax.” But the real debate isn’t about terminology; it’s about whether or not Cruz’s a...
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Many Republicans have never forgiven New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for his effusive praise for President Obama days before the 2012 presidential election. Obama’s leadership, said Christie, had been “outstanding” after Hurricane Sandy. But a less-remarked-upon decision by Gov. Christie—to embrace Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid—is of much greater policy significance.
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Obamacare is a two-thousand-page jumble of costly and ill-designed mandates. But the health law contained one provision that, while imperfect, was the law’s best feature: its “Cadillac tax,” a feature that begins to end America’s discrimination against those who buy health insurance on their own. The Cadillac tax is the one thing in Obamacare that could actually lower the cost of U.S. health care, and thereby the burden on taxpayers caused by our...
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Video WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 20: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks following a meeting of House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol October 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. Ryan has said he is willing to be the next Speaker of the House if all House Republicans endorse him for the position. (Photo [...]
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For years, this blog has been warning about how the high cost of Obamacare-sponsored insurance would limit the law’s expansion of health coverage. Well, the chicken has come home to roost. Today, the Obama administration announced that it projected dramatically lower enrollment growth for Obamacare’s exchanges in 2016: only 1.3 million, compared to a prediction of 8 million when the law was passed five years ago.
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Yesterday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its annual ten-year Budget and Economic Outlook. The document contains the CBO’s updated estimates for economic growth, employment, and the nation’s fiscal health. The most notable change was to enrollment in Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges. The CBO, bowing to reality, slashed their 2016 estimates of exchange enrollment from 21 million to 13 million. Furthermore, the CBO impli...
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On Sunday, January 17—hours before the Democratic presidential debate on NBC—Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders released details of his proposal to replace the entire U.S. health care system with a universal, government-run, single-payer one. “Twenty-nine million Americans today still do not have health insurance,” said Sanders in a white paper published on his campaign website. “We must…achieve the goal of universal health care.” Sanders also publis...
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"If Friedman is wrong, and the plan fails to reduce the growth of health care spending, it would result in $32.7 trillion in new federal spending."

+75% to total current fed gov spending. Has to be paid for with new taxes and greater deficit spending. 

Just another socialist who thinks that all of our money belongs to gov't. 
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There has been some interesting coverage lately about Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s successful effort to ensure that taxpayers were not on the hook for excess losses incurred by insurers participating in Obamacare’s exchanges. Today, however, two Associated Press reporters alleged that this victory against the law was one that Rubio “didn’t deliver.” But the facts show that Rubio is right, and the AP is wrong.
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For years, we’ve heard from Obamacare’s supporters that the law has been a success, because, they say, it has provided more people with health insurance, and slowed the growth rate of health spending. Well, the returns are in. Last week, the Obama administration’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its official estimates of the uninsured population and of health spending. And in 2014, we learned, Obamacare’s coverage expansion fe...
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Today in New Hampshire, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush unveiled his plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. In many ways, the plan reflects the mainstream of Republican wonk thinking on health care, and expresses similarities to an earlier plan proposed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Like Walker’s plan—but in a different way—Bush’s plan seems likely to increase the deficit.
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Journalist and Healthcare Analyst
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  • Forbes
    Opinion Editor, 2014 - present
  • Roy Healthcare Research
    Managing Partner, 2012 - present
  • Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
    Senior Fellow, 2011 - present
  • Forbes
    Contributor, 2010 - 2013
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Rochester Hills, MI - San Antonio, TX - Cambridge, MA - New Haven, CT - Boston, MA
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Opinion Editor at Forbes; Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; 2012 Romney policy advisor
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Avik Roy is the Opinion Editor at Forbes, and a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. He is principal author of The Apothecary, the influential Forbes blog on health care policy and entitlement reform. In 2012, he served as a health care policy advisor to Mitt Romney.

To contact him, click here. To receive a weekly e-mail digest of articles from The Apothecary, sign up here, or you can subscribe to The Apothecary’s RSS feed or Roy's Twitter feed. The Apothecary also has a Facebook page, where you can track new posts as they are published.

Roy is also a columnist at National Review, where he writes about politics, policy, and culture. His work has also appeared in National Affairs, USA Today, The Atlantic, and other publications. He is a frequent guest on television news programs, including appearances on MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, Bloomberg, PBS, and HBO. Videos of his appearances can be found on his YouTube channel.

Roy is also the founder of Roy Healthcare Research, an investment research firm in New York. Previously, Roy worked as an analyst and portfolio manager at J.P. Morgan, Bain Capital, and other firms.
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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Yale University School of Medicine
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Avik is pronounced "OH-vick."