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One might assume that Republicans would never go for a Medicare buy-in, as it would expand the ranks of those who get "government-run" insurance. But what if the buy-in were limited to Medicare Advantage plans, the GOP's beloved Medicare stepchild?

A Medicare buy-in Republicans can love

September 23, 2016 – One might assume that Republicans would never go for a Medicare buy-in, as it would expand the ranks of those who get "government-run"… Read more

Obamacare's Medicaid expansion probably wouldn't dramatically reduce the incidence of suicide in the United States. But it would help.

Suicide rates – and how Medicaid can…

April 24, 2016 – Obamacare's Medicaid expansion probably wouldn't dramatically reduce the incidence of suicide in the United States. But it would… Read more

Senator Sanders has done everyone a service by bringing the Single Payer discussion back into the national debate. If support for Single Payer is more than symbolic politics, it’s time to get serious and practical about what we can actually accomplish.

Single Payer and Rip Van Winkle

January 22, 2016 – Senator Sanders has done everyone a service by bringing the Single Payer discussion back into the national debate. If support for Single… Read more

When it comes to children with special health care needs, Medicaid is often better than the available public or private alternatives. The program could obviously be improved. Then again, so could these other forms of insurance coverage.

Medicaid: Worst insurance in America?

November 17, 2015 – When it comes to children with special health care needs, Medicaid is often better than the available public or private alternatives. The… 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

Luis Lang wants to be Obamacare’s…

May 22, 2015 – Luis Lang has been working the phones to secure a spot on national television so he can help others like him who may be missing out on… Read more

A conversation with crowdfunder Luis…

May 16, 2015 – Below is a transcript of my phone conversation with Luis Lang, a Republican South Carolinian who established a GoFundMe appeal to help with… Read more

Harold Pollack Letter to Santa

Medicaid expansion for every state’s…

December 20, 2014 – This is really a tragic situation where many, many low-income Americans are not eligible for financial help at all because they live in a… Read more

Exposing ‘Zagruber film’ to light

November 18, 2014 – I stand by my words. I can’t speak for Professor Gruber, but I don’t see anything he should walk back, either. Roughly 4 million… Read more

GOP gutting Obamacare

Removing the heart of Obamacare

November 14, 2014 – Larry Levitt and Harold Pollack speculate about 'surgeries' the ACA might face as Republicans scheme to remove Obamacare's vital… Read more

Obama two views

Is Obamacare’s greatest challenge its…

November 13, 2014 – I think many people underestimated how partisan and ideological this would end up being. The President's a divisive figure and the law has… Read more

Health Wonk Review for September 11,…

September 11, 2014 – Summer's over, the kids are back in school (yes!) and the fall sports seasons are underway. And with those seasons arrives a new season of… Read more

‘Transcending Obamacare’ (Part 3 of 3)

September 10, 2014 – In our final interview segment, Avik Roy and Harold Pollack focus heavily on coverage for low-income Americans and how we should and could… Read more

Part 2 Transcending Obamacare Avik Roy

‘Transcending Obamacare’ (Part 2 of 3)

September 8, 2014 – In Part 2 of my Curbside Consult interview with Avik Roy, our discussion is focused largely on his proposal's goal of controlling health… Read more

‘Transcending Obamacare’

September 6, 2014 – Given their differences, you might be surprised that Avik Roy and Harold had a civil conversation about Roy's new "universal exchange"… Read more

Looking beyond the botched ACA rollout

June 5, 2014 – "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… Read more

price responsive consumers

Figuring out how to put ‘skin in the…

June 4, 2014 – The studies indicate that people are very responsive to healthcare prices when they see them. If you raise people's price for meds, they… Read more

Curbside Consult David Cutler

Can we ‘do the right thing’…

June 3, 2014 – David Cutler was the author of a prescient and scathing 2010 analysis warning of the need for stronger management of information technology… Read more

Sabrina Corlette health reform

Obamacare: Just what the doctor…

May 13, 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… Read more

youth-enrolled-obamacare

‘Bros’ on board – and other promising…

May 11, 2014 – With 8 million Americans enrolled in Obamacare's exchanges – 28 percent of them young adults – the collapse of the Affordable Care Act… Read more