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Affordable Care Act
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
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
In Part 2 of my conversation with Sabrina Corlette, we talk about whether the Affordable Care Act is improving the health care system. Will “Health Reform 2.0″ be “just as fun” as the original? Is the health reform succeeding at reducing “job lock?” And will small business owners see dramatic changes in the way they can help employees with health coverage?
May 13, 2014
Just a reminder that if you’re still looking for some compelling health policy reading this weekend, the latest edition of Health Wonk Review is live over at the Healthcare Economist. Hat tip to Jason Shafrin for pulling together this week’s edition.
May 11, 2014
This back-of-the-envelope calculation implies that ACA will prevent something like 24,000 deaths every year. That’s almost the number of Americans who die in auto crashes. It’s more than the number who die of AIDS or the number who are murdered every year.
May 5, 2014
It’s no secret that we’re staunch supporters of the Affordable Care Act and the great gains it has delivered to millions of Americans who were desperate for affordable health coverage.
But heck, we’re also realists. We know the law is only a starting point. It’s got glitches here and there and there are some weaknesses in the legislation that opponents have attempted to exploit. But not only that, the law really could be improved.
April 25, 2014
For this edition of Curbside Consult, I Skyped with Dr. Jonathan Gruber, who is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and director of the health care program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. We talked about the future of Medicaid, strategies to expand primary care access, why he supports the controversial “Cadillac tax” on insurance benefits.
April 8, 2014
If you’re one of those health policy diehards, definitely head over to the Health Affairs Blog, and check out Chris Fleming’s “March Madness Edition” of Health Wonk Review. No, it’s not (thankfully) more words about basketball, but there are – as he points out – parallels to the NCAA Final Four:
March 30, 2014
If North Carolina were pulling up the enrollment rear, it probably wouldn’t surprise anyone. The state has a Republican Governor and legislature, opted to let HHS run its exchange, refused to expand Medicaid, and passed a law in early 2013 blocking state agencies from participating in ACA implementation. And only 38 percent of the population supports the ACA (48 percent are opposed to the law). Yet among the states where HHS is running the exchange, only Texas and Florida have higher private plan enrollment totals – and their populations are significantly larger.
March 12, 2014