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Rethinking Policy Education: The Summer Policy Boot Camp

Friday, August 24, 2018
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

At the Hoover Institution, the Summer Policy Boot Camp reflects a major rethinking about how to train people to become successful policy leaders. While students may learn about policy issues and analysis in the classroom, some Stanford scholars say that they do not always develop the skills needed after college to deliver policy results in the real world.


Questions And Answers About Medicare For All’s Costs

by Charles Blahousvia Economics 21
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

My recently-published estimate of the federal costs of Medicare for All (M4A) continues to receive widespread public and press attention. The ongoing discussion has prompted a number of common questions about the study, which this article attempts to answer.

In the News

Sanders Hits 'Medicare For All' Fact Checks As 'Riddled With Errors'

quoting Charles Blahousvia The Hill
Monday, August 20, 2018

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is hitting back at media fact checks of his "Medicare for all" plan, saying the articles are “riddled with errors.” In a series of tweets on Monday, Sanders criticized a fact check from CNN’s Jake Tapper. At issue is a conservative study that Sanders has been touting from the right-leaning Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Sanders has said the study showed that his plan would reduce total U.S. health spending by $2 trillion over 10 years.

In the News

CNN's Tapper Fact Checks Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders. It Gets Ugly, Fast.

quoting Charles Blahousvia The Daily Wire
Friday, August 17, 2018

CNN's Jake Tapper fact-checked Democratic socialists Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during a segment that aired on Friday over their claims that a study funded by the Koch brothers showed that universal health care would save the U.S. government money.

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Some Of The Left’s Ideas Start Going Mainstream

quoting John H. Cochrane via Bloomberg
Friday, August 17, 2018

Things are shifting in the economic policy world. John Cochrane, an economist at the Hoover Institution and a staunch free-marketer, has been a leading critic of Obamacare and an advocate of a laissez-faire approach to health care.

In the News

Will Trump Be Impeached For Obamacare ‘Sabotage’?

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia The American Spectator
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Despite attempts by their leadership to tamp down pre-midterm impeachment talk, the Democrats are clearly anxious to remove President Trump from office if the voters are crazy enough to grant them a majority in the House this fall. The only question involves the pretext Pelosi, et al., will use to justify the coup. Their last impeachment resolution, introduced by Texas Rep. Al Green, didn’t list any actual crimes or misdemeanors and it’s unlikely that the Mueller investigation will produce enough evidence of wrongdoing to impeach a ham sandwich. So, what’s a Trump-deranged Democrat to do? Nail him for Obamacare sabotage, of course.


Options On Health Insurance

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Alex M. Azar, U.S. secretary of health and human services, published an interesting OpEd in the Washington Post, describing a clever health insurance innovation. HHS will allow "temporary" health insurance, including a guaranteed renewability provision.


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.

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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. 


Health Care Policy Working Group

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.