Tag: Affordable Care Act

Understanding Waiting Times for Health Care »

In Sunday’s New York Times, reporter Elizabeth Rosenthal discusses evidence that that waiting times for medical care in the United States do not always compare favorably with those of other developed countries: “I fully expect wait times to be going up this year for Medicaid and Medicare and private insurance because we are expanding...
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Another Cover-Up? IRS and Social Security Administration Not Cooperating with Obamacare Fraud Investigation »

In early June, we learned that over two million (of a total of eight million) Obamacare applications lacked income, citizenship, or immigration data to verify eligibility for Obamacare’s tax credits. In the middle of the month, the Obama administration began contacting “hundreds of thousands of people with subsidized health insurance to resolve questions about...
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Why Hobby Lobby Is Not an Assault on Women »

The reactions from the progressive side of the fence to Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. was stunning. The spin is that American women have been stripped of fundamental constitutional protections. Sandra Fluke at The Washington Post’s blog claimed that “[t]he Hobby Lobby case is an attack on women.” The White House lamented that the...
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Does the United States Over Diagnose Cancer? »

Ezra Klein challenges the notion that patients in the United States get better cancer treatment than patients in other developed countries. Klein was writing in response to the Commonwealth Fund’s comparison of health systems in eleven developed countries. As I noted previously, one problem with this survey is that there is no apparent relationship...
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Health Spending and First Quarter GDP: What Happened? »

A couple of months ago, the Bureau of Economic Analysis told us that first quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was going to decline by one percent, prevented from tanking only by explosive growth in health spending. However, the final estimate of real first quarter GDP has thrown everyone for a loop, reporting an annualized...
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Broken Mirror on the Wall: On the Commonwealth Fund’s Increasingly Frustrating Comparison of International Health Systems »

The Commonwealth Fund has released another edition of its Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, 2014 Update: How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally. Following tradition, it concludes that the American health “system” is the worst of eleven developed countries. This time, it prompted the editorialists at the New York Times to conclude: Britain...
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Only 53 Percent of Previously Uninsured Obamacare Enrollees Have a Favorable Opinion of Obamacare »

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a survey of a statistically significant sample of people who buy their own insurance. The headline reported by the media was that 57 percent of enrollees in Obamacare exchange plans were previously uninsured. To me, that seems underwhelming. But more on that later. We all know that Obamacare...
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The Problem with Open Enrollment »

Austin Frakt and Amitabh Chandra propose a common-sense idea at the New York Times: If [health insurance] plans could compete on the basis of the therapies they cover, consumers could decide what they wish to pay for. This sounds complicated, but it need not be. Health plans could define themselves at least in part...
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Non-Hospital Healthcare Jobs Are Growing Fast »

Jobs in health care, especially in outpatient settings, continue to rally. Of 217,000 nonfarm civilian jobs filled in May, 34,000 were in health care. This was twice the average monthly gain over the previous twelve months. As previously observed, most of these jobs are in ambulatory settings. Two thirds of the gains (23,000) were...
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No Joke, Paul Krugman Praised Veterans Health System as National Model »

In 2011, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote that the federal Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system is a “huge policy success story, which offers important lessons for future health reform.” Let’s examine Krugman’s arguments for why the VA is a national model for healthcare in light of recent revelations: 1) Krugman says the...
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