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April 1, 2016

Ethics & Society Newsfeed: April 1, 2016

Heroin Epidemic Is Yielding to a Deadlier Cousin: Fentanyl Cheaper and far more potent, the synthetic painkiller is becoming the drug of choice for some addicts — and is killing them more quickly. Who’s “They?” We are witnessing a great … Continue reading
February 23, 2016

Continued Decline in the Uninsured

Thanks again to the Kaiser Family Foundation for keeping all of us informed about important healthcare statistics. Here’s a relatively recent snapshot of how the percent of Americans lacking health insurance has fluctuated since the 1970s. The effect of Obamacare … Continue reading

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February 5, 2016

Stingy Insurance + Low Income = Bad Combination

The Commonwealth Fund recently circulated information on the widespread difficulty many Americans have paying for their medical care, even when they have insurance. Burdened by high co-pays and high coinsurance rates, these out-of-pocket expenses are putting people on the financial … Continue reading

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December 4, 2015

Why Are Investors Running Away from Medical Devices?

Sabin Russell wrote a great piece in Health Affairs recently, on the drought in investment to develop new medical devices. Read it if you have access. If you don’t, here are some of her main points. 1. Venture capital for … Continue reading

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October 8, 2015

At Risk of Financial Ruin

According to figures from the Kaiser Family Foundation, one of the best sources of reliable health policy information, the majority of Americans will have to exhaust all their “liquid assets” to cover medical expenses, if they reach the maximum out-of-pocket … Continue reading

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September 10, 2015

Look What Obamacare Has Done Now

The percent of Americans without health insurance has dropped precipitously in the last few years, thanks in large part to the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. This is especially true in those states that, in accordance with the law, expanded … Continue reading

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August 27, 2015

Insured But Not Covered

Under the Affordable Care Act, the percent of Americans who lack any health insurance has declined significantly. Put another way – more Americans have health insurance than ever. But having insurance coverage is different than being well covered by insurance. Sometimes a … Continue reading

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February 19, 2015

Healthcare.gov 3.0–Improving the Design of the Obamacare Exchanges

I joined two other, much smarter, colleagues in calling for the use of behavioral economics and decision psychology to improve the design of the websites people use to purchase health insurance in the U.S. That article came out today in … Continue reading

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October 7, 2014

Don’t Blame Obamacare for Health Insurance Turnover

When the health insurance exchanges began operating last year, critics complained that people were being forced out of their insurance plans. They correctly pointed out that Obama was mistaken to promise that “if you like your healthcare plan, you will … Continue reading
September 17, 2014

What’s Really Scary about Obamacare

This cartoon made the rounds of twitter a few weeks ago, and was first brought to my attention by Timothy McBride (@mcbridetd). But it is such an entertaining cartoon, I thought I would circulate it again: For all its flaws, … Continue reading

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News (4)

December 17, 2012 6:00 pm

Smoking-cessation rule that binds insurers is not clear to consumers, study finds (Washington Post)

Most people who smoke want to quit, and the 2010 health-care law is supposed to make it easier for them by requiring many insurance plans to cover treatments with no out-of-pocket cost to members. But a recent study found that details about what’s covered and who pays for it remain confusing and inconsistent.

December 6, 2012 8:57 pm

'Obamacare' saves consumers nearly $1.5 billion (LA Times)

Consumers saved nearly $1.5 billion in 2011 as a result of rules in President Obama’s healthcare law that limit what insurance companies can spend on expenses unrelated to medical care, including profit, a new analysis shows.

December 6, 2012 3:49 pm

Fewer in U.S. get health insurance through jobs (Star Tribune)

The number of Americans getting health care coverage through the workplace has dropped for the 11th year in a row, continuing a slide that began long before the Great Recession but that has lingered amid soaring insurance costs.

December 4, 2012 6:07 pm

Walmart's New Health Care Policy Shifts Burden To Medicaid, Obamacare (Huffington Post)

Walmart plans to begin denying health insurance to newly hired employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week and could eliminate coverage if their average workweek dips below 30 hours — something that happens with regularity and at the direction of company managers.