A Broken Health Care System Is What Drives the National Debt

By: Tuesday September 17, 2013 9:20 am

This new chart from the Congressional Budget Office perfectly shows that our long term debt is all about our broken health care system.

Republicans Never Actually Had a Real Health Care Plan

By: Monday August 19, 2013 11:02 am

Uwe Reinhardt does a great job running through the health care proposals over that last two decades that supposedly had Republican support. He points out how many of these plans were remarkably similar to the Affordable Care Act. If you take these proposals at face value, it would then seem the GOP has ideologically abandoned [...]

Re-Inventing the Health Insurance Wheel Is Hard

By: Wednesday August 7, 2013 10:09 am

There is a long standing tradition in American health care policy to start with the assumption that the United States simply cannot adopt any of the proven universal health care system used by other countries. Therefore, experts must create whole new untested universal systems that will magically make everyone happy. The result is always a [...]

The Problem With American Health Care Is Price Gouging

By: Monday August 5, 2013 8:09 am

If you want to really fix America’s health care spending problem the answer is not to move away from pay for service, “skin in the game,” or to shop around for insurance on exchanges. The root of the problem is price gouging. The government mostly refuses to stop it and even actively helps large sections [...]

We Have a Health Care Price Problem Not a Volume Problem

By: Wednesday January 30, 2013 7:59 am

The reason the United States spends so much more on health care than the rest of the world is not because Americans tend to consume significantly more health care services. The problem is almost entire that we pay dramatically more for the exact same service. The data is overwhelmingly clear but the point is rarely [...]

The “Secret” to International Health Care Cost Control is Always Government Involvement

By: Monday July 30, 2012 10:45 am

While in Israel Mitt Romney praised that country’s high quality, low cost health care system. This resulted in a predictable round of mockery from people pointing out that Israel’s heavily government controlled system is exactly the type of “socialism” Romney claims would destroy freedom and economic success if implemented in America. From Ezra Klein: “Our [...]

Supreme Court Health Care Ruling Coming at 10 am

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 4:40 am

The day has finally arrived. After years of debate, the long wait will soon be over. At around 10 am Eastern time when the Supreme Court speaks we should finally know the fate of the Affordable Care Act. Today is the last day of the Supreme Court’s session which means they should be releasing their [...]

NY Gov. Cuomo Creates Insurance Exchange With Executive Order

By: Friday April 13, 2012 8:14 am

To bring New York into compliance with the Affordable Care Act, Governor Andrew Cuomo had to create the new exchange in his state through executive order. From the New York Times: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, stepping into the national debate over President Obama’s health care law, used his executive power on Thursday to carry out one of [...]

Doctor Groups Try To Discourage Unnecessary Tests

By: Wednesday April 4, 2012 7:47 am

Nine medical specialty boards are recommending that doctors perform fewer of the 45 most common tests and procedures as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign created by the ABIM Foundation. Procedures that should be cut back include CT scans for people who have only fainted, stress test imaging for people with no history of cardiac [...]

The Group Health Insurance Market and What it Says About the Individual Mandate

By: Wednesday March 28, 2012 7:43 am

It is basically the position of the Obama administration that the group health insurance market currently “works.” Administration officials have repeatedly stated things to that effect, and this is why the Affordable Care Act doesn’t change much about the group market. This creates a logical problem for the administration when it tries to argue that [...]

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