Tag: health reform

Blog Posts (27)

June 3, 2009

Health Insurance Doesn't Prevent Huge Out of Pocket Costs

Over the last three years, according to research published in Health Affairs, out-of-pocket healthcare costs have increased 34% says WSJ.…

May 28, 2009

It seems as though we don’t have much choice when it comes to health care. Either we are going to pay what the most recent research is calling a “hidden health tax” of something on the order of $1,017 per year to cover the health care costs of the uninsured, at least that’s what Families USA is telling us (says WSJ) or we can pony up the money through tacking on an additional tax on the goods we routinely buy through something like a Value Added Tax (VAT) like they do in Europe and ensure healthcare for all–no matter what.…

April 24, 2009

Are the Democrats About to Pull A Fast One? And Is That Really A Bad Thing?

Health care reform may be in the Democrats’ grasp–thanks to a little known, at least to the average American, process called “budget reconciliation” that could allow healthcare reform to be passed through the Senate with the Democrats 58 votes because the Republicans won’t be able to filibuster it.…

April 21, 2009

Medicare: The Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future

No, I’m not a health policy analyst. Neither is the average American. But neither are we stupid. That’s why I resent op-ed columns like the one in the Wall Street Journal that read like this:

“Here’s something that has gotten lost in the drive to institute universal health insurance: Health insurance doesn’t automatically lead to health care.

April 20, 2009

Powers' Chicken and The Egg Problem

Madison Powers’ eloquent essay from CQPolitics.com last Friday analyzes Obama’s two-fold problem passing healthcare reform.

What Powers calls “decoupling” the two key arguments about cost containment and expanding access to healthcare, I call his “chicken and the egg problem”.…

April 7, 2009

Are You in the Majority?


CBS News is reporting the results of a CBS News/New York Times poll that says that the majority of Americans (57% of them, still not a resounding majority, mind you) would be willing to pay higher taxes for universal health care.…

April 7, 2009

China Gets It...Why Doesn't The US?

The Wall Street Journal reports today that China is aiming to improve its health care infrastructure, to expand health insurance for all, and is starting a “decade-long plan to repair an ailing health-care system that has fueled popular discontent.”

Gee whiz…what a novel idea.…