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Medicare For All Comes With A Price Tag — And Hard Choices

with Charles Blahousvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

One hardly expects, in the course of normal politics, to see Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) thanking the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. And yet here we are. "Thank you, Koch brothers," his Monday night tweet began, "for accidentally making the case for Medicare for All!"

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Behind The Debate Over ‘Medicare For All’

with Charles Blahousvia The Weekly Standard
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Bernie Sanders’s “Medicare for all” proposal is receiving new scrutiny because of an estimate released this week by economist Chuck Blahous of the right-leaning Mercatus Center. Blahous projects that the plan would cost the government $32.6 trillion over 10 years but also reduce the country’s overall level of health expenditures by $2 trillion.

Analysis and Commentary

Drug Reciprocity Could Save Lives In The U.S.

by Henry I. Miller, John Cohrssenvia City Journal
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
President Trump recently signed legislation permitting terminally ill patients to obtain experimental drugs directly from manufacturers, without having to wait for full approval.
In the News

The Alex Azar Era, At The Six-Month Mark

quoting John H. Cochrane via Politico
Monday, July 30, 2018
Coming soon: The short-term plan health rule, which has cleared OIRA (spotted first by HuffPost's Jonathan Cohn). But first: Reflecting on a half-year with HHS under new leadership.
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Area 45: Taxes, GDP Growth, And The Trump Economy

interview with John H. Cochrane via Area 45
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

John Cochrane on the good and the bad of “Trumponomics.”

Analysis and Commentary

The Costs Of A National Single-Payer Healthcare System

by Charles Blahousvia Mercatus Center
Monday, July 30, 2018

The leading current Senate bill to establish single-payer health insurance in the United States is that of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). It’s called the Medicare for All Act, or M4A.

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Study: "Medicare For All" Plan Touted By Bernie Sanders Would Cost $32.6 Trillion

quoting Charles Blahousvia CBS
Monday, July 30, 2018

Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for all" plan would increase government health care spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, according to a study by a university-based libertarian policy center. That's trillion with a "T."

Analysis and Commentary

Single Payer Sympathy?

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Sunday, July 29, 2018

Why is paying for health care such a mess in America? Why is it so hard to fix?


The Tax-And-Spend Health-Care Solution

by John H. Cochrane via The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, July 29, 2018

[Subscription Required] Why is paying for health care such a mess in America? Why is it so hard to fix? Cross-subsidies are the original sin. The government wants to subsidize health care for poor people, chronically sick people, and people who have money but choose to spend less of it on health care than officials find sufficient.

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‘Most Vulnerable’ Most Often Used As Excuse To Stymie Reform

quoting Thomas Sowellvia OpsLens Media Group
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Recent analysis indicates that Medicare finances are worsening and will become insolvent in 2026, while any attempts to reform and save it are met with accusations of hating the poor and hurting the most vulnerable. In trying to roll back onerous Obamacare requirements, think tank analysts say it will “hurt [the] most vulnerable citizens.” The Southern Poverty Law Center posits that immigration reform will hurt “the most vulnerable.”


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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.