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Sources of Geographic Variation in Health Care: Evidence from Patient Migration By Amy Finkelstein, Matthew Gentzkow, and Heidi Williams NBER Working Paper 20789, National Bureau of Economic Research, December 2014 Abstract We study the drivers of geographic variation in US health care utilization, using an empirical strategy that exploits migration of Medicare patients to separate […]

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Tiered pharmacy benefits can be lethal

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Comparative Effectiveness of Generic and Brand-Name Statins on Patient Outcomes: A Cohort Study By Joshua J. Gagne, PharmD, ScD; Niteesh K. Choudhry, MD, PhD; Aaron S. Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH; Jennifer M. Polinski, ScD, MPH; David Hutchins, MBA, MHSA; Olga S. Matlin, PhD; Troyen A. Brennan, MD; Jerry Avorn, MD; and William H. Shrank, MD, […]

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John McDonough on what follows Vermont

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Vermont ends single payer bid: Feds now left to confront the issue By John E. McDonough CommonWealth, December 23, 2014 Many American dislike the Affordable Care Act not because it goes too far but because it does not go far enough.  About 24 percent of Americans believe the ACA should be expanded, and by that, […]

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WSJ on Vermont’s single payer effort

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Vermont’s Single Payer Washout The Wall Street Journal, December 22, 2014 Last week, in a reversal that deserves more attention, Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin announced that Vermont would no longer create America’s first statewide single-payer health system. Single payer is the polite term for socialized medicine and the ultimate goal of the political left. At […]

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Medicaid Payments and Access to Care By Sara Rosenbaum, J.D. The New England Journal of Medicine, December 18, 2014 With more than 66 million beneficiaries, Medicaid is the United States’ largest insurer, and its impact on health insurance coverage, access to care, and the health of the poor has been substantial. But historically, Medicaid has […]

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Listen to Deb Richter

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Protesters demand action on single payer, condemn Shumlin’s reversal By Morgan True VTDigger.org, December 18, 2014 Protesters from across the state descended on Montpelier Thursday to voice their anger with Gov. Peter Shumlin’s decision to drop his pursuit of single payer health care. More than 60 people stood in front of the Statehouse chanting slogans […]

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Americans prefer public option to single payer

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How the High Cost of Medical Care Is Affecting Americans By Elisabeth Rosenthal The New York Times, December 18, 2014 The Times designed a questionnaire with CBS News and conducted a national poll this month. Americans are eager for relief. There seems to be widespread agreement that medical prices are burdensome for American patients, and […]

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Gov. Shumlin regrettably bails

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Governor says: ‘Now is not the time for single payer financing plan’ Times Argus, December 17, 2014 Gov. Peter Shumlin is backing away from a commitment to pass a single payer health care financing plan in Vermont in 2015. He just made the announcement at a press conference in Montpelier. http://www.timesargus.com/article/20141217/THISJUSTIN/141219995 Gov. Shumlin has provided […]

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Many Obamacare Plans Set Out-Of-Pocket Spending Limits Below The Cap By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News, December 12, 2014 Seventy-four percent of 2015 silver level plans’ out-of-pocket spending caps are below the $6,600 spending limit allowed for individual plans and $13,200 maximum for family plans, according to Avalere, a consulting firm. The average out-of-pocket maximum […]

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Two Theologies Have Blocked Medicare-For-All By Theodore Marmor and Kip Sullivan Health Affairs Blog, December 11, 2014 In the 50 years since Medicare was enacted, Congress has never seriously considered extending Medicare to all Americans, nor even lowering Medicare’s eligibility age below 65. This pattern persisted even during those periods when national health insurance was […]

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