2015 Exchanges: More Insurers, But Will That Make Things Better?

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 12:25 pm

In the past I’ve questioned if states which already had highly consolidated insurance markets would even see the promised private competition on the new exchanges, but it appears they might. There are of course still two important caveats.

Syria Watch, Sept 12 – Let’s Ask Kissinger, He Knows Everything

By: Thursday September 12, 2013 8:37 am

Ben Cardin, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said a vote could happen in the Senate “as early as next week” on a backdoor AUMF being crafted by John McCain’s “Gang of 8.” It would give the President the authorization to take military action if certain conditions are not met. (Don’t sleep yet.) Since members of Congress are still declaring their support/opposition to the use of military force in Congress, we’re going to keep tracking them. We’ll be updating this post with Syria news throughout the day.

Why Insurance Exchanges Won’t Work: People Don’t Like Choosing Insurance

By: Monday April 29, 2013 8:19 am

One of the big reasons I’m so pessimistic about the new health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act is the principle behind them. The idea is that everyone will be well- informed dedicated shoppers who will know how to select the best plan to fit their needs, which will reduce cost for everyone. [...]

US Health Care Still Radically More Expensive Yet Not More Effective

By: Thursday May 3, 2012 9:11 am

Health care costs in the United States continue to radically exceed those in any other industrialized nation, yet we don’t get better health care outcomes as a result; this, a basic finding of a new report from the Commonwealth Fund. The report found that in 2009 the United States spent nearly $8,000 per capita. That [...]

It’s a Ripoff! -or- Why America Spends So Much on Health Care

By: Thursday April 28, 2011 4:16 pm

As you can see in this helpful chart from the Kaiser Family Foundation, America pays much more for health care than any other first-world country. There are a lot of false ideas or very minor explanations that are overstated to try to justify why we pay so much. Other countries are just evil nations that [...]

Health Insurance Exchanges: Really Bad Idea Then, Really Bad Idea Now

By: Monday April 25, 2011 9:34 am

It is always nice to see more people come around to my stated belief that health insurance exchanges intended to make people be “smart shoppers” for very complex products is a truly failed idea. Paul Krugman made a very straightforward case against the concept this weekend: That’s the title of a blog post by Nathalie [...]

This Idea Does Not Resemble German, Swiss, Or Belgian Health Care

By: Monday December 7, 2009 10:20 am

The White House/Olympia Snowe/Joe Lieberman/ConservaDem apologists are starting to rally around this new “alternative” to the public option. This “alternative” is nothing at all even like a public option. It is an OPM run exchanges for current, private, non-profit insurance companies. I suspect we will soon see apologists claiming this idea would resemble the all-payer [...]

The Cult Of Free Market Economagic And How To Really Control Cost

By: Tuesday November 17, 2009 2:08 pm

Austin Frakt knows that this reform effort is not going to be the end of health care reform in this country. It will only be Health Reform Debate 1.0. This bill will greatly expand coverage, add some much-needed regulations, and contain some modest cost containment measures. It will not really address the serious cost issue [...]

The Max Tax: Baucus Plan Fails to Control Growth of Insurance Premiums

By: Thursday September 24, 2009 7:45 am

The Los Angeles Times has good piece addressing one of the most underreported problems with the Baucus plan for health care “reform.” The Baucus bill lacks sufficient mechanisms to slow the out of control increase in insurance premiums.