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Charlie Katebi is a healthcare policy analyst at the Wyoming Liberty Group. Prior to joining the Wyoming Liberty Group, Charles interned at the American Action Forum, FreedomWorks, and the Reason Foundation, on issues ranging from regulatory policy to pension reform. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

Medicare and Medicaid: A Tale of Two Scams

Medicare and Medicaid are the two largest government-run health insurance programs in the United States, and arguably the world. Combined, they cover an estimated 120 million Americans and spend a quarter of the federal government’s budget. And without major reforms, these entitlements threaten to bankrupt taxpayers and hang patients out to dry.

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Colorado's Medicaid Expansion Blunder, Part 2

Colorado Senator Kevin Lundberg explains why Wyoming shouldn't repeat Colorado's disastrous mistake of expanding Medicaid.

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Direct Primary Care: Lower Costs and Better Health

What is Direct Primary Care?

Direct primary care is a direct patient-to-provider relationship that delivers quality healthcare at an affordable price.  Under a direct primary care contract, patients pay their physicians a flat, monthly fee.  And in exchange, their physicians provides a range of primary care services.  These services include preventive care, urgent care, chronic disease management, and wellness support.

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Colorado's Medicaid Expansion Blunder, Part 1

Charles Katebi interviews Senator Kevin Lundberg, Republican of Colorado’s 49th District about to sell Medicaid Expansion and Colorado’s error.

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Saying No to Medicaid Expansion Saves Hospitals and Lives

After seeing Wyoming’s Hospital Association fight tooth and nail for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, you’d think Medicaid expansion left hospitals in other states flush with cash.  The reality is that Medicaid expansion has significantly cut hospital compensation, resulting in longer wait times and less services for the very patients it’s intended to help.

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Wyoming Rejects Medicaid Expansion

For four years, supporters of Medicaid expansion urged our elected representatives to permanently commit Wyoming to this entitlement program.  And for the fourth year in a row, Wyoming’s Joint Appropriations Committee, or JAC, responded with a resounding “No.”

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Medicaid’s Flimsy Math

The director of Wyoming’s Department of Health, Tom Forslund, recently sat down before the Joint Appropriations Committee (JAC) to make his plea for more spending. The biggest item by far on the agency’s wish list was Medicaid Expansion, costing a whopping $268 million. How did he try selling such an expensive line item to the JAC? He claimed Medicaid Expansion would actually save Wyoming money.

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