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No new ground broken here, but I just read a news story about the rise of people who refuse to have vaccines administered to their children. Strangely, the families that appear to be most likely to refuse vaccines are the most educated among us, and not like you might suspect, the least educated. The vaccine […]

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In my inbox this morning is this working paper: Should Hospitals Keep Their Patients Longer? The Role ofInpatient and Outpatient Care in Reducing Readmissionsby Ann P. Bartel, Carri W. Chan, Song-Hee (Hailey) Kim  -  #20499 (HC HE PE)Twenty percent of Medicare patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, resulting in substantial costs […]

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It is moderately puzzling to see people celebrate the success of Obamacare based on how many uninsured it turns into being insured. That, to me, seems pretty easy to do, even for what many believe is a dysfunctional government – particularly when there is a law that makes it illegal NOT to have insurance. But […]

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Here is the latest from Vox: Obamacare succeeded for one simple reason: it’s horrible to be uninsured So here we’ve come. Now the entire health care reform is a success because … people signed up for it. That’s sort of a low bar isn’t it? Well, maybe not: The health-care law beat its mark because it […]

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Adrianna is Right

About group coverage. Interestingly, the old George W. Bush plan would have done something to address this, at least partially, by putting the employer provided and non-employer markets on similar tax footing. But since it was GWB, the plan was simply dismissed.  And Adrianna, you mustn’t forget that one cannot criticize one’s company in polite […]

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We all have some emotions tied to the good ol’ days. But that does not make for good or particularly consistent policy. Consider a reference to the good ok’ days of the environment (Ignore the actual facts). It is thought that we need to work toward a more “sustainable” future largely because in comparison with […]

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No Brainer Indeed

In this month’s edition of Popular Science in an opinion piece titled “No Brainer” we are treated to: If the government wants to fund a grand national effort, it should attack problems whose solutions are bad for business. For instance, let’s cure cancer. The biomedical industry treats cancer with drugs, surgery, and other high budget […]

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If you examine survey data, or just generally follow the New York Times you will find this odd, I think, contradiction. Even among advocates of single-payer (that is insurance), there is vehement support for having the right to choose one’s doctor. That indeed was a selling point of ObamaCare. However, it is highly likely that […]

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If we are to be generous to the ideas of those who are concerned about obesity in America, you would argue that there are two reasons for the worry. First, people might reasonably be concerned about the impacts of your obesity on them. In other words, there are external costs of obesity that the obese themselves are not taking […]

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Without much comment, I suggest you read the interview Wonkblog does with the patient. The entire tone, the selection of the interview candidate, the questions not asked, etc. encapsulates almost everything that can possibly be wrong with (insert noun here). If I were a betting person, I might even bet that the interview was made […]

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