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John R. Graham Archive

John R. Graham is a Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute.
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The Price Is Right! Trump’s Choice of Health Secretary Indicates Push to Repeal and Replace Obamacare



Donald Trump’s choice of Rep. Tom Price, MD, (R-GA) as his nominee for U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services indicates the Trump administration will make a serious effort to repeal and replace Obamacare with patient-centered health reform. After some initial signs of hesitation to try to achieve this six-year old campaign promise, Obamacare’s...
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“Surprise” Medical Bills a Big Problem



Yale University professors Zach Cooper and Fiona Scott Morton have published a new article reporting their research on “surprise” medical bills. These occur when a patient goes to an in-network hospital but is treated (without his knowledge) by an out-of-network doctor and receives an unexpected bill from the doctor (or doctors). Examining 2.2 million...
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The White Man’s Burden: More Drinking, Drugs, and Suicides Since 2000



More nonsense has been written about White nationalism/supremacy in the wake of Donald Trump’s election than anyone should have to read. So, it is a pleasure to find some actual data analysis on the role of the non-college educated white citizen in the success of the Trump candidacy, especially versus Mitt Romney’s failed 2012...
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The Pharmaceutical Industry and Access to Medicines



Having written critically about a decision made by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to reject a donation of vaccines by Pfizer, Inc., I am grateful for a new report which ranks research-based pharmaceutical companies on a number of measurements of how they make medicines available to patients in low-income countries. Jointly funded by the...
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Government Failure in Health Systems Is Widespread



The Commonwealth Fund has published yet another survey comparing health care in the United States to health care in other countries. The title conveys its emphasis: US Adults Still Struggle With Access To And Affordability Of Health Care. Really? As I’ve previously written, I agree utterly with the Commonwealth Fund scholars that health care...
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Almost All Increase in Health Coverage Due to Return of Benefits: An Update



The best measurement of people who lack health insurance, the National Health Interview Survey published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has released early estimates of health insurance for all fifty states and the District of Columbia in the first half of 2016. There are three things to note. First: 69.2...
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Will More Government Oversight Prevent Medicaid Abuse of the Disabled?



The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has designated 16 programs as “high error,” meaning that money goes offside due to fraud, waste, and abuse. Medicaid, the joint state-federal program that subsidizes medical services for low-income people, ranks highly on the list. The U.S. government considers almost ten percent of its $297.7 billion contribution...
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The FDA Cannot Hire Staff with Starting Salaries of $160,000



Would a starting salary of just above $160,000 turn you off? Well, maybe if you had a scientific PhD and had to wait four months before the employer could decide whether to hire you or not, you would find a spot elsewhere. This is the situation the Food and Drug Administration finds itself in,...
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Are Obamacare Plans Cheaper than Private Coverage?



Scholars at the Urban Institute, staunch defenders of Obamacare, have previously struggled to find ways to report Obamacare’s good news by pointing out “there is no meaningful national average” of premium hikes. More recently, they have concluded that Obamacare coverage is 10 percent less expensive than employer-based coverage. Comparing average employer-based premiums to the...
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Say What?! Global Charity Rejects Free Vaccines



Doctors Without Borders /Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has decided to reject a donation of one million doses of pneumonia vaccine from Pfizer, Inc. The global health charity’s convoluted reasoning goes like this: There is No Such Thing as “Free” Vaccines Pneumonia claims the lives of nearly one million kids each year, making it the...
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