‘Subsidies upheld, but health needs still unmet’: doctors group Physicians for a National Health Program, June 25, 2015 Although the Supreme Court has upheld the premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, the law remains incapable of remedying the U.S. health crisis, physician group says Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization of 19,000 […]
Justice Scalia, dissenting Supreme Court of the United States, No. 14-114, King v. Burwell (The following paragraphs are not in continuity in the dissent.) Faced with overwhelming confirmation that “Exchange established by the State” means what it looks like it means, the Court comes up with argument after feeble argument to support its contrary interpretation. […]
What should the consumer expect from marketplace competition? Business experts tell us that competition is the key to higher quality at lower cost. So what has competition between private health insurance plans brought us?
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES KING ET AL. v. BURWELL, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL. No. 14–114. Argued March 4, 2015—Decided June 25, 2015 Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way […]
Unauthorized Immigrants Prolong the Life of Medicare’s Trust Fund By Leah Zallman MD, MPH, Fernando A. Wilson PhD, James P. Stimpson PhD, Adriana Bearse MS, Lisa Arsenault PhD, Blessing Dube MPH, David Himmelstein MD, Steffie Woolhandler MD, MPH Journal of General Internal Medicine, June 18, 2015 Abstract Background and Objective Unauthorized immigrants seldom have access […]
Making the Economy Work for the Many and Not the Few #11: Medicare Isn’t the Problem; It’s the Solution By Robert Reich HuffPost Politics, June 22, 2015 Again and again the upcoming election you’ll hear conservatives claim that Medicare — the health insurance program for America’s seniors — is running out of money and must […]
Budgetary and Economic Effects of Repealing the Affordable Care Act CBO, June 2015 In this report, the Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) analyze the main budgetary and economic consequences that would arise from repealing that law. What Would Be the Major Effects of Repealing the ACA? CBO […]
Did Medicare Part D Affect National Trends in Health Outcomes or Hospitalizations?: A Time-Series Analysis By Becky A. Briesacher, PhD; Jeanne M. Madden, PhD; Fang Zhang, PhD; Hassan Fouayzi, MS; Dennis Ross-Degnan, ScD; Jerry H. Gurwitz, MD; and Stephen B. Soumerai, ScD Annals of Internal Medicine, June 16, 2015 Background: Medicare Part D increased economic […]
Randomize evaluations to improve health care delivery By Amy Finkelstein, Sarah Taubman (MIT) Science, February 13, 2015 The medical profession has long recognized the importance of randomized evaluations; such designs are commonly used to evaluate the safety and efficacy of medical innovations such as drugs and devices. Unfortunately, innovations in how health care is delivered […]
Improved Monitoring of Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Plans Is Necessary to Better Ensure Access to Care California State Auditor, California Department of Health Care Services, Report 2014-134, June 2015 Cover letter of report: June 16, 2015 Dear Governor and Legislative Leaders: As requested by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, the California State Auditor presents this […]
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