Cause for Concern
April 21, 2014
Health care wonks across the country are all thinking the same thing: Ruh roh.
Are Lawsuits Killing Health Care? No, But...
September 07, 2010
One of the most tired, predictable tropes in policy analysis is that both sides are wrong. But sometimes, both sides really are wrong. And medical malpractice may be a case in point. Conservatives tend say malpractice is a major factor in rising health care costs, in part because doctors and hospitals end up practicing so much defensive medicine. Liberals typically counter that the estimates of defensive medicine, and malpractice costs generally, are wildly overblown. A new paper in Health Affairs, just released this morning, suggests the truth is somewhere in between.
Let Me Explain The Cadillac Tax
January 12, 2010
Allan Sloan, in a column criticizing the proposed tax on expensive health insurance plans, says that most of the revenue from this tax wouldn't come from the high-cost plans: [I]f you look at the actual workings of the plan, you come away far less impressed.
Playing the Race Card (But Not the Way You Think)
October 12, 2009
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) has released a public letter concerning HR3200, the main House health reform bill. Many people have framed health reform as a civil rights concern. More than one-fifth of African-Americans, and more than one-third of Hispanic Americans, are uninsured. Race/ethnic disparities in access to high-quality medical care are profound. Disparities in health status and lifespan are even larger, and must be counted among the most serious structural inequalities in American society.