If health care reform had worked the way it should have, today anyone could get the health care that he or she needed without having to worry about how to pay for it. What are we seeing instead? Just trying to enroll in health care coverage has been a very difficult process for many, and tens of millions will still remain uninsured. And today’s article shows how problematic the next step is – trying to put your coverage to use.
Before we discuss some of the possible reasons that the 2015 increase in premiums for California’s ACA exchange were held down to 4.2 percent, we should mention the bad news that is not being covered by the media. We are celebrating an artificially low increase that is still twice the rate of inflation – 2.1 percent (Consumer Price Index, June 2014 – Bureau of Labor Statistics), as workers continue to fall behind over the last three decades of increasing income inequality.
Why Do Other Rich Nations Spend So Much Less on Healthcare? By Victor R. Fuchs The Atlantic, July 23, 2014 Despite the news last week that America’s healthcare spending will not be rising at the sky-high rate that was once predicted, the fact remains that the U.S. far outspends its peer nations when it comes […]
Where are California’s Uninsured Now? Wave 2 of the Kaiser Family Foundation California Longitudinal Panel Survey By Bianca DiLulio, Jamie Firth, Larry Levitt, Gary Claxton, Rachel Garfield and Mollyann Brodie Kaiser Family Foundation, July 30, 2014 Of those Californians who were uninsured prior to open enrollment, 58 percent now report having health insurance, which translates […]
Code Red: Two Economists Examine the U.S. Healthcare System By David Dranove and Craig Garthwaite Narrow Networks Redux, July 29, 2014 The Affordable Care Act is premised, at least in part, on the notion that competition can be harnessed to reduce healthcare costs and improve quality. When most people think about the benefits of competition, […]
‘Double Jeopardy’ In American Health Insurance By Dana P. Goldman and Tomas J. Philipson Forbes, April 1, 2014 Health insurance markets allow people to share risks; those lucky enough not to need health care pay premiums to cover care for the unlucky ones who do. This risk-sharing—which most of us are very willing to purchase […]
Glimmers of healthcare politics at meeting of Western Washington docs Tough talk from Kshama Sawant and others at annual gathering of Western Washington Physicians for a National Health Program. By Ted Van Dyk Crosscut.com (Seattle), July 23, 2014 Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant also was critical of Obamacare, arguing that the administration colluded with […]
Arkansas Weighs Plan To Make Some Medicaid Enrollees Fund Savings Accounts By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News, July 22, 2014 If all goes according to plan, next year many Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries will be required to make monthly contributions to so-called Health Independence Accounts. Those that don’t may have to pay more of the cost […]
Health Care Spending Slowdown: The Consumer Paradox By Al Dobson, Ph.D., Gregory Berger, M.P.P., Kevin Reuter, Phap-Hoa Luu, M.B.A. and Joan E. DaVanzo, Ph.D., M.S.W. Dobson/DaVanzo, Report prepared for the Federation of American Hospitals, July 23, 2014 In recent reports we have outlined the continuing historic slowdown in the growth rate of health care spending […]
How Much Is Enough? Out-of-Pocket Spending Among Medicare Beneficiaries: A Chartbook By Julliette Cubanski, Christina Swoope, Anthony Damico and Tricia Neuman Kaiser Family Foundation, July 21, 2014 As part of efforts to rein in the federal budget and constrain the growth in Medicare spending, some policy leaders and experts have proposed to increase Medicare premiums […]
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