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Supply-Side Health Care

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The discussion over health policy rages over who will pay -- private insurance, companies, "single payer," Obamacare, VA, Medicare, Medicaid, and so on -- as if once that's decided everything is all right -- as if once we figure out who is paying the check, the provision of health care is as straightforward a service as the provision of restaurant food, tax advice, contracting services, airline travel, car repair, or any other reasonably functional market for complex services.

In the News

Medicare For All/Single-Payer FAQs

quoting Charles Blahousvia Inside Sources
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Normally, my writing focuses on technological and structural innovation in health care — factors that can bring better health to more people at lower cost. But with the 2018 and 2020 elections approaching, single-payer health insurance is back on America’s front burner — especially the “Medicare for All” (M4A) bill proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.


Medicare Reforms Both Parties Can Live With

by Lanhee J. Chen, James C. Caprettavia Politico
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Last year’s war on Capitol Hill over repealing Obamacare might suggest that when it comes to health care, Democrats and Republicans can’t agree on anything. But we think that’s too simplistic.

Analysis and Commentary

Lanhee Chen: Another Bad Idea Coming Out of California

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall Review
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The liberal politicians in California are at it again. Their latest idea?  Legislation that would create “safe injection” sites in San Francisco, where addicts can be supervised while they abuse illicit substances like heroin.


The Latest Assault On Obamacare Is A Dog Of A Case. No Way Kavanaugh Disagrees.

by Michael McConnellvia The Washington Post
Thursday, September 6, 2018

health-care case in federal district court in Texas has emerged as one of the focal points in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) sought assurances from Kavanaugh on Wednesday that he would vote to uphold the constitutionality of the provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires health insurance companies to cover people with preexisting conditions


Yes, There’s Hope For Health Care Reform

by Lanhee J. Chen, James C. Caprettavia The New York Times
Friday, August 31, 2018

The political divide over the insurance provisions of the Affordable Care Act looks to be unbridgeable for now, but out of public view, Republicans and Democrats are quietly forging a consensus on an even more consequential aspect of medical care: improving its value for all Americans by increasing its quality and lowering its cost.


Henry Miller: Trolling America With Anti-Vaccine Agitprop

interview with Henry I. Millervia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Henry Miller discusses the Russian trolls that promulgate anti-vaccine messages to create discord on divisive issues in the US, and to discourage parents from vaccinating their children and thus affecting the health and well-being of the US population.

In the News

Study: 'Medicare For All' Proposal Would Cost $32.6 Trillion Over 10 Years, Lead To Massive Tax Hikes

mentioning Charles Blahousvia Watchdog
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A new study from the Mercatus Center calculates the total cost, and lays out the likely ripple effects, of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' proposed “Medicare for All” (M4A) legislation.

In the News

Medicare-For-All Would Be Costly For Everyone

quoting Charles Blahousvia Bloomberg
Monday, August 27, 2018

Big across-the-board tax increases are the only way to pay for universal government health insurance.


Post-Apocalyptic Health Care

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Monday, August 27, 2018

Post-apocalyptic life in American health care is a fantastic blog post on the state of American health care and insurance. (HT Marginal Revolution) Bottom line: American health care organizations can no longer operate systematically, so participants are forced to act in the communal mode, as if in the pre-modern world.


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.