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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
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
Summer’s here (at least it is where I am) and with it comes a summer-y edition of Health Wonk Review, posted by Hank Stern over at InsureBlog.
As we look forward to tides rolling in, it’s fairly obvious from this edition that the tides have ebbed a bit on Obamacare blogsmithing. Mr. Stern had just four Obamacare-centric posts to vet out of a dozen posts.
May 23, 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
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
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