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Adam Gaffney on the right to health

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There is much discussion today about the right to health care. Adam Gaffney provides us with a thoroughly researched history of the sociological and economic considerations of the concept right up to the present day.

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This paper is important because it demonstrates the counter-intuitive inefficiencies and inequities of means-testing federal health benefits, particularly for Medicare Part B premiums and for premium tax credits under the Affordable Care Act.

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Last month Richard Thaler received the Nobel Prize for his work in behavioral economics, showing that people are “predictably irrational, consistently behaving in ways that defy economic theory” (NYT, Oct 9).

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It is often stated that 30 percent of health care could be eliminated without impairing medical outcomes. An effort to reduce low-value care – sometimes referred to as “medical waste” – is what the Choosing Wisely Campaign is all about.

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A friend of mine from Switzerland explained to me the reason that the voters rejected single payer for their country. She said that most Swiss were quite satisfied with their current plans and did not want to risk replacing them with a single plan run by the government.

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The mission of the Learning & Action Network (LAN) is to “accelerate the health care system’s transition to alternative payment models.” In endorsing this concept CMS Administrator Seema Verma uses the rhetoric of “rewarding quality instead of volume” and advancing her vision of “a market driven health care system.”

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“Medicare Advantage is where the big money is,” and Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist are going for it. Our trusted public servants have led us down the path of privatization of Medicare by way of the private, for-profit Medicare Advantage plans.

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Bernie Sanders in Canada

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This video provides a pleasant break from our somber reform activities since it demonstrates the passion of the people of a nation who really care about their health care system and are so pleased to see that someone south of their border cares as well: Bernie “Tommy Douglas” Sanders.

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The cost of regulatory overload

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A quick look at the nine domains of regulatory overload is all you need to be reminded of the nightmare created by these evolving requirements. Inefficiencies, wasted resources, and provider burnout ensue, which negatively impact the primary mission of the health care system: patient care.

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