Tag: Healthcare

Health Reform: Senate Republicans’ Continuous Coverage Consumer Protection Needs Improvement »

Three Republican Senators have released a health-care reform proposal that has attracted much attention. One of the three, Orrin Hatch, is likely to chair the Senate Finance Committee if the Republicans win the majority in the Senate. John Goodman has described the bill neutrally. At Forbes, Matthew Herper describes the effect of capping the...
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Coburn II »

ObamaCare is widely perceived as a Rube Goldberg contraption that treats people in arbitrary and unfair ways. A Republican alternative, therefore, needs to be clear, easy to understand, and based on principles that starkly contrast with ObamaCare. It must not be “ObamaCare light.” The first Coburn health reform proposal (the Coburn/Burr/Ryan/Nunes bill) fits this...
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Health Benefits Cost 40 Percent More for Government Workers than for Private Workers »

I recently criticized an advocacy piece by an employers’ group, a report that promoted harmful, government-driven, solutions to price transparency in health care. This blog post will argue that private employers are not entirely ineffective. The media never fails to give good coverage to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Annual Employer Health Benefits Survey, which...
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“I Felt Like a Hostage”: Toward a Solution for Medical Price Transparency »

I recently wrote an article critical of a business group’s approach to improving transparency of prices for medical and hospital procedures. However, as noted in the article, expressing such criticism is not to deny that we have a serious problem when it comes to figuring out how much we owe for treatment. In Saturday’s...
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Is There an Argument—Any Argument—for Community Rating? »

I’ve never seen an intelligible argument for community rating. I think I know why. I’m afraid there isn’t any. Don’t believe me? I’ll tell you what I’ll do. I let you pick any recognized ethical system in the entire history of Western philosophy. (Only Western? Yeah, we’re not cultural relativists here.) Altruism, Egoism, Nietzschean...
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If Obamacare Lost Your Personal Data, Would You Even Know? »

David Kennedy is a cybersecurity expert who runs a computer security firm called TrustedSec, LLC. He is in the news because of his expert testimony to Congressional committees on the security of healthcare.gov, the website to which people go to apply for Obamacare health insurance if they are in a state with a federal...
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Will Republicans Repeal Obamacare’s Risk Corridors? »

This blog’s readers are better informed than most about the (somewhat complicated) question of how health insurers will be compensated for bearing risk in Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges. A previous entry explained the basics of two of the three programs that protect health insurers from losing too much money on Obamacare’s exchanges. These are...
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Price Transparency: What To Do and What Not To Do »

I’ve written about sky-high hospital prices in this blog, especially for uninsured patients who present at emergency rooms. A related issue is price transparency. In most normal transactions, it is not hard to discover the price you will pay for a good or service. Indeed, for most ordinary items, prices are posted and we...
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Medicare Advantage »

Uwe Reinhardt had a column the other day in which he argued that: We are paying Medicare Advantage plans more than we pay for similar patients in traditional Medicare. Enrollees in traditional Medicare are paying higher Part B premiums in order to subsidize the higher MA payments. This is bad public policy; we should...
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Least Surprising Health Research Result Ever: Medicaid Increases ER Use »

Medicaid is a welfare program jointly funded by federal and state governments, which claims to provide health insurance to low-income people. A few years ago, Oregon expanded Medicaid enrollment by lottery. This created an excellent environment to study the effects of being uninsured versus being enrolled in Medicaid, because it approximated a randomized-controlled trial —...
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