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Health Wonk Review June 5 2014

Health Wonk Review for June 5, 2014

If you haven’t gotten your health policy fix, head over to Health Wonk Review – hosted this week by Joe Paduda over at Managed Care Matters.

June 8, 2014

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fix-obamacare

Looking beyond the botched ACA rollout

“People have given up on the repeal. There are very few people who want Congress to take more votes on repealing the ACA. Some people like it. Some people don’t like it. What they want to do is figure out how to fix it. Get it, fix it. Let’s move on.” – David Cutler

June 5, 2014

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price responsive consumers

Figuring out how to put ‘skin in the game’

The studies indicate that people are very responsive to healthcare prices when they see them. If you raise people’s price for meds, they take fewer drugs. If you lower their price for doctor visits, they’ll go get more doctor visits. People are extremely price-responsive. Now we just have to get people the right information.

June 4, 2014

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Curbside Consult David Cutler

Can we ‘do the right thing’ profitably?

David Cutler was the author of a prescient and scathing 2010 analysis warning of the need for stronger management of information technology (and other matters) in the implementation of health reform. During the darkest days of website malfunction, the Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein labeled Cutler’s analysis “the memo that could have saved Obamacare.”

June 3, 2014

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obamacare-john-kline

Dem ad slays Obamacare-hating Republican

Of the nearly half a billion dollars that has been spent on political ads mentioning the Affordable Care Act since 2010, just a little more than 6 percent has been spent on advertising that portrayed the law in a favorable light. That might be about to change, as at least some Democrats reportedly have decided that they can win votes by reminding people how the law benefits them.

May 25, 2014

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