Tag: Health

Can You Hear Me Now? We Have Too Much Health Insurance »

Hearing aids have been expensive—until now. An interesting story in the New York Times a little over a year ago related the journey of a woman who had broken the shell of one of her hearing aids. Shocked at the price of hearing aids from private audiologists—at least $2,000 for a set, and usually...
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A Woman May Die Because of Obamacare »

For the past 20 years I have been trying to convince my colleagues in the health policy community that managed competition contains perverse economic incentives. These incentives do more than misallocate resources. They create ominous risks for the health and safety of patients with serious medical conditions. Consider the editorial in Monday’s Wall Street...
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Jon Stewart Savages Obamacare’s Healthcare.gov Website »

The utter disaster of the Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov, is attacked here by Jon Stewart of The Daily Show on Comedy Central. The further significance of Stewart’s critique is that according to the Pew Research Center, Stewart is the #2 leading source of news and analysis for 39% of young adults, ages 18-29 (The Colbert...
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New Videos Attacking Obamacare Go Viral »

Generation Opportunity has just released two videos, one featuring a woman and one a man, attacking the looming disaster of Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), which is scheduled to go into effect on October 1st. The ads feature “Creepy Uncle Sam,” performing gynecological and prostate exams on young adults. The ads encourage...
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Is Equality the Right Public Policy Goal? »

A new Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines research on health disparities in the United States: Researchers Erika Cheng and David Kindig found that life expectancy varies from county to county by as much as ten years or more... In [another] study, the country was divided into...
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Life, Liberty, and the Threat of Abortion Ambivalence »

I happened to catch the headline on AOL News the other day promoting an on-line Huffington Post Live interview with 27-year-old porn star Stoya. The seven-year veteran of adult entertainment was remarkably poised, even if unsurprisingly candid, but her comments raised more than a few interesting questions about life and liberty from a broader...
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Small Business Owners and Obamacare »

With the news of a delay in a major part of the Affordable Care Act, small businesses and employees who want to work full time, rather than part time, have another year until they are impacted by so-called employer mandate provision of the law. As I wrote in my book Priceless, Curing the Healthcare...
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Why We Are on an Unsustainable Path »

To people who subscribe to the health policy orthodoxy, the riddle of modern healthcare is: Why are health costs rising so fast? To me the riddle is: why isn’t health spending rising even faster? As I write in my recent book, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, every time you and I spend a dollar at...
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How Much Do We Spend on Healthcare? »

At last count, the United States was spending more than $8,000 a year on healthcare for every man, woman, and child in the country. That’s more than $24,000 for a family of three, and it represents almost one-fifth of all consumption spending. Is it necessary to spend this much? If not, why are we doing...
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Problem Solved, No Government Program Needed »

In a classic article, Stanford University professor Kenneth Arrow argued that the market for medical care is inherently flawed because of asymmetric information. In what follows, I am going to embellish on the argument, making it even more forceful than it was in the original text. My book, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, offers...
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