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Regular readers know that the private Medicare Advantage plans have been cheating the taxpayers by upcoding the diagnoses of insured patients to make them appear sicker than they really are in order to qualify for extra risk adjustment payments. This update confirms the seriousness of the allegations in that the Justice Department has joined the lawsuit against the insurers.

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Can more Republicans support single payer?

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Asking whether more Republicans can support single payer is probably not the best question. A better question would be, what sort of health care system do Americans want and how can we achieve that?

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It’s too bad that those debating Obama’s ACA versus the Trump/Ryan AHCA didn’t listen to the surge of voices demanding Medicare for all. AHCA was defeated and now the other side wants to fix ACA. Paul Krugman, formerly a single payer supporter, is now in the latter camp.

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It is quite appropriate that this article was published in the Harvard Business Review since it finds solutions to the deficiencies of both the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the private health care insurance marketplace.

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A very common theme is that we can design insurance products to provide only the coverage that we need. By not covering everything, the premiums would be much lower and thus affordable to everyone. Problem solved. (Not so quick.)

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There are at least three important concepts in this AJPH editorial by PNHP co-founders David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler.

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You do not have to be an economist to understand an important conclusion of this technical paper. Our complex multi-payer financing system results in persistently high administrative expenses.

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Mayo discriminates against Medicaid patients

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The mission of our health care delivery system should be to provide everyone with the highest quality care possible within the limits of the finite resources available. That is an opinion not shared by all.

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Our health care system is designed to serve first the market stakeholders and only secondarily the patients. John Geyman explains to us the history and flawed policy decisions that brought this about.

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Go Carol!

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