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reporting on social insurance

How the media gets social insurance wrong

In Part 2 of my interview with Michael Hiltzik, Michael notes that there are parallels between the media’s coverage of the rollout Social Security and the rollout of Obamacare … and that those parallels include a disconcerting focus on half truths and scare tactics.

December 10, 2013

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Re-envisioned reform: a ‘gigantic blunder’?

Last week, eight prominent health policy analysts released a new health plan at the conservative think tank, American Enterprise Institute. Contributor Harold Pollack knows and likes the authors, but he knows and hates their plan.

August 18, 2013

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health wonk review

Health Wonk Review for August 15, 2013

The latest edition of Health Wonk Review is posted over at Health Business Blog and according to host David E. Williams, the hot summer days haven’t slowed the production of hard-hitting health policy opinion.

August 15, 2013

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A fuss over subsidies for Congressional staff

The decision to let Congressional staffers keep their federal subsidies to help buy coverage through the exchanges makes sense from a human resources perspective. The subsidies will help mitigate higher premiums, just as tax subsidies will for most other people in the exchanges.

August 7, 2013

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Obamacare repeal vote 40

Lordy, Lordy. Obamacare Repeal Vote 40

Folks, there’s not a snowball’s chance that the creatively named “Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013″ will get anywhere close to President Obama’s desk.

August 2, 2013

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Medicaid for the middle class

Obamacare ‘Medicaid for the middle class?’

Yet another catchy phrase, “Medicaid for the middle class,” is popping up in conservative propaganda. What are Obamacare’s opponents trying to say?

July 31, 2013

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Will you receive an Obamacare subsidy?

Up until now, when Obamacare’s supporters and reform’s opponents squabbled over what insurance will cost in 2014, they had to rely on estimates and national averages. But now we have real numbers.

July 23, 2013

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Health Wonk Review for July 18, 2013

The latest edition of Health Wonk Review, the Web’s finest collection (we think) of health policy commentary, is live (and kicking) over at the Colorado Health Insurance Insider.

July 22, 2013

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30 economists: we need individual mandate

Yesterday, a small group of health policy experts organized by David Cutler, Jon Gruber, and me wrote a simple letter to Congress laying out the case for an individual mandate. It’s a good group, including two Nobel Prize winners and many other distinguished folk. This letter is now circulating among policymakers around Capitol Hill.

July 18, 2013

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Keep Calm and Ignore the Repeal Votes

The end (of the wait for Obamacare) is near

GOP-controlled House may introduce three bills to stop Obamacare This Congress has signed only 15 bills into law. Insiders: Health insurance exchanges are still on track. It’s a sour and angry time in Washington, D.C. Despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court found the Affordable Care Act to be constitutional, despite the early benefits of […]

July 12, 2013

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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 –…


Looking beyond the botched ACA rollout

"People have given up on the repeal. There are very few people who want Congress to…

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…

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…


Dem ad slays Obamacare-hating Republican

Of the nearly half a billion dollars that has been spent on political ads mentioning the…


Health Wonk Review for May 22, 2014

Summer's here (at least it is where I am) and with it comes a summer-y edition of Health…

Sabrina Corlette health reform

Obamacare: Just what the doctor ordered?

In Part 2 of my conversation with Sabrina Corlette, we talk about whether the Affordable…

Health Wonk Review May - 2014

Health Wonk Review for May 8, 2014

Just a reminder that if you're still looking for some compelling health policy reading…


‘Bros’ on board – and other promising signs

With 8 million Americans enrolled in Obamacare's exchanges – 28 percent of them young…

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Will you need a cancer insurance policy?

While the Affordable Care Act has greatly expanded coverage for millions of Americans –…

HealthSourceRI Director works to persuade lawmakers to keep the exchange

Lawmakers in Rhode Island are considering whether or not to switch from the state run…

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Save on prescription drugs close to home

The good news is that, whether you are insured or uninsured, anyone can utilize a few…

missed Obamacare enrollment deadline

Miss open enrollment? You’ve got options.

Now that open enrollment has ended – and the extensions have passed in most states –…


Qualifying events that can get you coverage

Even if you missed the general open enrollment, you could still have an opportunity to…

Will you owe an Obamacare Penalty?

Will you owe a penalty under Obamacare?

If, for whatever reason, you decide not to purchase coverage in 2014, you can use the…

STM: Short Term Medical

Short-term health insurance

Now that the 2014 Obamacare open enrollment period is over, a short-term policy will…

Obamacare's essential benefits

Health reform’s 10 essential benefits

The ACA specifies ten benefits be included in all health insurance plans sold on each…

Health insurance for college students.

Student health insurance

Before college starts, students and their families need to ensure that their health…

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