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Tonight, the Democrats – Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee – will finally have their own presidential debate. Harold Pollack and a few colleagues have some questions about Pollack's personal obsession: The post-Obama future of health reform.

How health policy should hijack…

October 13, 2015 – In my role as self-appointed moderator of tonight's Democratic presidential debate, I and a few of my friends have some questions about my… Read more

A new study claims to show that in Silver plans – the most popular type sold in the ACA marketplaces – "out-of-pocket expenses for medications ... are twice as high as they are in the average employer-sponsored plan." That's a quote from the abstract of the study, conducted by an Emory University research team led by Kenneth Thorpe, chair of Emory's health policy department, and published in Health Affairs. But that claim is highly misleading. In fact, most holders of Silver plans purchased in the ACA's marketplaces have more comprehensive overall coverage than most people with employer-sponsored insurance (ESI). And there's no evidence that Silver-plan holders' drug coverage is less comprehensive than that of the typical ESI plan.

When ACA’s Silver beats…

October 7, 2015 – Most holders of Silver plans purchased in the ACA's marketplaces have more comprehensive overall coverage than most people with… Read more


The ‘casino effect’ on your health…

October 6, 2015 – There are several reasons for the wide variation in 2016 individual health insurance rates across the country, but there is one thing that… Read more

The latest compendium of health policy blog post from Health Wonk Review

Health Wonk Review for September 23,…

September 27, 2015 – Thanks to Louise Norris over at Colorado Health Insurance Insider for putting together this week's edition of Health Wonk Review. She's got… Read more

The reality of living on $2 a day in America: Even when families have CHIP coverage for their children, they'll all too often not eligible for Medicaid coverage for themselves ... and can't afford the medical services they need.

Millions get by on $2 a day. Can…

September 25, 2015 – In this edition, I'm talking with the University of Michigan’s H. Luke Shaefer, co-author of the important new book, $2.00 a Day: Living… Read more