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Charles Blahous: '"Medicare For All" Projected To Cost $32.6 Trillion

interview with Charles Blahousvia Santelli Exchange (CNBC)
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Charles Blahous discusses the high cost of a single-payer healthcare system.

In the News

Britain’s Inability To Handle Last Year’s Flu Season Shows Perils Of Socialized Medicine

quoting Charles Blahousvia Daily Signal
Monday, August 13, 2018

Younger doctors who are flirting with support of government-run health care should consider some hard facts—including the unfortunate results such control would likely have for patients and doctors themselves. They should also look at the recent raw experience of Britain with a government-controlled health care system.

Analysis and Commentary

David Meltzer On The Doctor-Patient Relationship

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, August 13, 2018

Physician David Meltzer of the University of Chicago talks about the power of the doctor-patient relationship with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Meltzer, who also has a Ph.D. in economics, discusses a controlled experiment he has been running to measure the importance of maintaining the continuity of doctor-patient relationships. Meltzer argues that the increasing use of hospitalists--specialists who take over a patient from the patient's regular doctor once the patient is hospitalized--has raised costs and hurt patients. 

In the News

Biking With Bernie: The Illusory Savings Of 'Medicare For All'

quoting Charles Blahousvia Washington Examiner
Friday, August 10, 2018
Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ "Medicare for all" bill imagine that my colleague Charles Blahous’ recent study “accidentally proved” that the "Medicare for all" Act would lower healthcare spending by $2 trillion over 10 years (2022-2031).
In the News

Medicare For All Would Be A Fiscal Nightmare

quoting Charles Blahousvia The Hill
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

As the 2018 midterm elections approach, growing numbers of progressive candidates have endorsed a single-payer health insurance program that will supposedly cover all Americans and deliver better medical care than our current health care system. However, new research suggests that these promises could cost voters trillions more than they expected.

In the News

Democrats Seize On Cherry-Picked Claim That ‘Medicare-For-All’ Would Save $2 Trillion

quoting Charles Blahousvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

As our colleague David Weigel reported, Democrats have latched onto the catchy idea of “Medicare-for-all” (also known as M4A) as a way of expressing their support for universal health care.


Americans Are 'Winning' On Health Care As Trump Administration Chips Away At ObamaCare

by Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Monday, August 6, 2018

Americans keep winning on health care reform. The public may only hear about a bungling Congress that could not repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – aka ObamaCare – even though it has been imploding on its own.

In the News

This Week In Political Economy

quoting John H. Cochrane via ProMarket
Saturday, August 4, 2018

On a Koch-related note, the Koch-funded Mercatus Center at George Mason University made headlines this week after a new study by the Center found that the Democrats’ proposed “Medicare for All” program could lead to major savings in health care expenditures. John Cochrane of the Hoover Institution, once a staunch opponent of single-payer health care, also now believes that single payer “might not be so bad—it might not be as bad as the current Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare, VA, etc. mess.”

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Obamacare: Not Dead Yet

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia Politico
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Yes, the Trump administration has expanded alternative coverage options for small businesses, halted payments to insurers for low-income customers, slashed Obamacare outreach and now boosted short-term plans.

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‘Medicare For All’ Scholar: Bernie Sanders Misunderstood Study, Socialized Medicine Might Cost $38 Trillion

quoting Charles Blahousvia Breitbart
Thursday, August 2, 2018

“Medicare for All” study scholar Charles Blahous rebuked Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for misinterpreting his study in an op-ed on Wednesday, charging that charging that Medicare for All might cost $38 trillion, not save $2 trillion.


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The Working Group on Health Care Policy devises public policies that enable more Americans to get better value for their health care dollar and foster appropriate innovations that will extend and improve life.