You can add another court decision to the growing stack of rulings about the constitutionality of the new health care law and its individual mandate. A panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has affirmed a lower court ruling that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. You can read [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday October 24, 2011 9:23 am|
A poll of Massachusetts residents by Harvard’s School of Public Health and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation found that regular people in Massachusetts are remarkably well informed about the primary reasons their health care is so extremely expensive compared to health care in other industrialized countries. According to the poll regular people [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday August 8, 2011 8:27 am|
The United Kingdom and Ireland, both countries which have what could only be considered socialize medicine programs, also have the two most cost effective health care systems in the developed world according a study in the Journal of Royal Society of Medicine. From the study: The biggest ratios, indicating the greatest cost-effectiveness, were in Ireland, [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 27, 2011 3:28 pm|
The law passed last year to provide health care to 9/11 responders will not pay for the treatment of cancer, according to a recent decision by the World Trade Center Health Program. From CNN: Workers who were involved in the response to the World Trade Center attack will not have their cancer treatments compensated under [...]
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 23, 2011 12:43 pm|
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has released a new report that indicates Gov. Deval Patrick’s goal of controlling health care cost by moving the state towards a global payment method is unlikely to produce real savings.
|By: Michael Whitney Saturday June 11, 2011 9:47 am|
Single-payer health care was pushed out of the health care debate long before Congress voted in 2010. We’re determined to make sure that doesn’t happen again…but Karl Rove is already on the move. We must set the terms of the debate now, before Rove unleashes his inevitable attacks on Vermont. In order to build up our campaign for Vermont’s waivers early, we need to raise $15,000 before Rove turns his sights on Vermont.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 8, 2011 1:48 pm|
Worrying about long term deficits with official unemployment over 9 percent and treasury bonds rates at near-record lows is inherently an act of madness. It is the antithesis of both progressive policy and basic logic. Left to their own devices, liberals would relegate reducing the deficit to a very low priority in this economic climate. Of course when you’re a billionaire like Pete Peterson and you’re willing to spend millions promoting deficit hysteria, your can convince “liberals” to play into your deficit fetish at even the most illogical of times. Hence the Roosevelt Institute’s participation in the Peter G. Peterson Foundations 2011 Fiscal Summit.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 8, 2011 1:06 pm|
The country is suffering from high unemployment, underwater mortgages, and rapidly escalating tuition prices. Most regular people lucky enough to have a job are seeing shrinking benefits from health care to retirement packages
I would love to have a major political party or even a major politician simple tell the American people they actually don’t need to keep suffer.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday June 7, 2011 9:55 am|
I’ve often find Ezra Klein’s writing about health care policy confusing because from blog post to blog post there is often a jarring disconnect that can best be described at policy schizophrenia. The issue is most pronounced in his alternating from defender of health insurance exchanges, mostly when defending Obama, and his acknowledging they have been a proven failure, mostly when criticizing Republicans.
|By: Jon Walker Friday May 27, 2011 2:15 pm|
On the monumental issue of how to deal with rising health care costs, there are no two political leaders in America whose actions are more diametrically opposed than Democratic Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. Ryan wants to privatize Medicare, destroying America’s extremely popular and effective single-payer system for [...]