Distributive Injustice(s) in American Health Care By Clark C. Havighurst and Barak D. Richman Duke Law School, January 2007, Research Paper No. 140 Abstract This article explores the hypothesis that the U.S. health care system operates more like a robber baron than like Robin Hood, burdening ordinary payers of health insurance premiums disproportionately for the […]
Point-Counterpoint Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, August 2015 The Affordable Care Act versus Medicare for All By Laurence Seidman Abstract Many problems facing the Affordable Care Act would disappear if the nation were instead implementing Medicare for All — the extension of Medicare to every age-group. Every American would be automatically covered for […]
The Veiled Economics of Employee Cost Sharing By Katherine Baicker, PhD; Amitabh Chandra, PhD JAMA Internal Medicine, July 2015 This year, once again, millions of people in the United States who get health insurance through their employers received the unwelcome news that cost sharing would increase. At first blush, it might seem that cost sharing […]
Serious Risks And Few New Benefits From FDA-Approved Drugs By Donald W. Light Health Affairs Blog, July 6, 2015 Over the past year, the U.S. Senate and The New York Times have been investigating the failure of the nation’s auto safety regulators to protect citizens from cars with occasionally dangerous faulty devices. But neither august […]
Health Insurance Companies Seek Big Rate Increases for 2016 By Robert Pear The New York Times, July 3, 2015 Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials […]
Beyond Statistics: The Economic Content of Risk Scores By Liran Einav, Amy Finkelstein, Raymond Kluender, and Paul Schrimpf National Bureau of Economic Research, June 2015, NBER Working Paper No. 21304 From the Conclusions Our objective in this paper was to highlight the fact that risk scores that are commonly used in credit and insurance markets […]
Novartis to test new pricing model with heart failure drug By Ben Hirschler Reuters, June 30, 2015 Novartis plans to test a novel pricing model with some customers when it launches its keenly awaited new heart failure drug Entresto, the Swiss company’s head of pharmaceuticals said on Tuesday. Entresto, also known as LCZ696, is the […]
Towers Watson merges with London-based consulting firm in $18 billion deal By Aaron Gregg The Washington Post, June 30, 2015 Towers Watson, the Arlington-based professional services company that operates a private health insurance exchange covering about 1.2 million people, announced an $18 billion all-stock merger with Willis Group Holdings, a London-based insurance and benefits firm. […]
‘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. […]
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