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Mark Pauly

What should we do about vaccine-refusing parents? Tax them

Friday, April 17, 2015, 6:00 AM
The outbreak of measles among unimmunized middle class children who visited Disneyland reopened an important debate that pits the freedom of parents to choose how to raise their children against their responsibilities to their own children and to others with whom they may come in contact. Much of the... Read more

Should lower income people be allowed to buy cheap health plans?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:00 AM
The Affordable Care Act provides generous subsidies to lower income people to help them, well, afford to buy health insurance. The primary effect of the subsidies is to lower premiums for policies bought on the insurance exchanges, although people with very low incomes (below 250% of the federal poverty... Read more

Young invincibles? Who needs them?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 6:00 AM
“The success of Obamacare always rested on getting enough ‘young invincibles’ to enroll in exchanges.” This sentiment, shared by both ACA critics and advocates alike, was restated by Scott Gottlieb in a Forbes opinion piece, noting that recent data (reported in the Wall Street... Read more

Supreme Court’s contraceptive decision shows its inability to understand basic economics

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 12:39 PM
There are many reasons to be concerned about this week’s Supreme Court decision that the Affordable Care Act’s mandate requiring employers to pay for coverage of a wide range of contraceptive methods violated another federal law protecting firm owners’ religious freedom. Passionate... Read more

Obamacare’s Employer Mandate Deserves to Disappear

Friday, June 20, 2014, 6:00 AM
The Obama administration has given employers a reprieve from the mandate that they offer their workers insurance at low employee premiums or pay a penalty. As things now stand, enforcement is postponed until 2016. But should the mandate ever come back? Even strong supporters of the Affordable Care... Read more

Medicaid re-envisioned: By reducing dependency we can benefit everyone

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 6:00 AM
We help several groups of Americans to obtain health insurance through a series of separate programs. Medicare helps seniors. Medicaid helps people in families with low incomes. And now the Affordable Care Act provides subsidies to many with low and moderate incomes for purchasing coverage in private... Read more
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Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Professor, School of Law & Drexel School of Public Health
Jeffrey Brenner, MD Founder of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Medical Director of the Urban Health Institute at Cooper University Healthcare
Andy Carter President & CEO, The Hospital & Healthsystem Assoc. of Pa.
Robert B. Doherty Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs & Public Policy American College of Physicians
David Grande, MD, MPA Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Tine Hansen-Turton Chief Strategy Officer of Public Health Management Corporation
Drew A. Harris, DPM, MPH Director of Health Policy Program at the Jefferson School of Population Health
Antoinette Kraus Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network
Laval Miller-Wilson Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project
David B. Nash, MD, MBA Founding Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health
Mark V. Pauly, Ph.D. Professor of Health Care Management, Business Economics and Public Policy at The Wharton School
Howard J. Peterson, MHA Managing Partner of TRG Healthcare, a national healthcare consulting firm
Paula L. Stillman, MD, MBA Healthcare consultant with special expertise in population health and disease management
Elizabeth A. W. Williams Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer for Independence Blue Cross
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