Friday, February 27, 2015

Who thinks Americans are too stupid to understand Obamacare? Jonathan Gruber is not alone

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 6:00 AM
Are Americans too “stupid” to understand Obamacare? Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist and key adviser in crafting the law, famously said so. He commented at a University of Pennsylvania conference in 2013 that “Americans were too stupid to understand” the law’s true... Read more

The collapse of the case against Obamacare

Monday, December 15, 2014, 6:00 AM
Even as Republicans plot ways to repeal Obamacare, the reality is that the havoc they predicted the law would produce simply has not occurred. You don’t have to take my word for it: there is now a wealth of independent evidence that not only disproves the predictions of dire harm but shows that... Read more

Coming soon to a drug store near you – retail health care

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:00 AM
It’s hard to miss the signs on chain drug stores around the region. Fast, efficient, quality health care services are available within – the same place where you buy your drugs and other health care supplies. This new kind of venture is known as a retail clinic, where you can see a health... Read more

Obama on the Colbert Report: a new line of Obamacare defense

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:00 AM
Has President Obama finally found his voice to defend his signature domestic initiative? On Monday night, he appeared as the sole guest on the Colbert Report, Comedy Central’s mock news program. (To see the program, click here.) Seeming confident and at ease, Obama joked with host Stephen Colbert... Read more

Shopping for insurance? Better know the real cost

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:00 AM
Shopping season is upon us again. Not just the holiday rush, but Open Enrollment for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. You need to sign up by December 15, 2014, if you want to get health coverage that begins January 1. If you would like health coverage that kicks in later next year... Read more

A Black Friday deal on a doctor visit?

Monday, December 1, 2014, 6:00 AM
Imagine that it’s Black Friday again. You decide that because the Eagles are doing so well this season, you need a brand new 70-inch LED television. You manage to shove your way past the crowd into Best Buy and find the television section. There you see a wide range of televisions, each about... Read more

Health care food for thought for Thanksgiving: must-reads from around the Internet

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:00 AM
Health care news and commentary abounds on the Internet. Here is a sample of some recent stories and blog posts that are particularly intriguing, informative, and enlightening. 6 Pitfalls To Avoid When Picking Insurance On The Job (NPR, Shots: Health News from NPR) Are you getting your insurance... Read more

How to deal with (and avoid) an unexpected hospital bill

Monday, November 24, 2014, 6:00 AM
Everyone is trying to cut down on health care spending—consumers, employers who offer health benefits, insurers, and the federal government. As a result, new kinds of health insurance plans are being developed. Some have low monthly premiums but high deductibles and co-pays. Some plans offer... Read more

Gruber me a Bronze plan

Friday, November 21, 2014, 11:23 AM
Jonathan Gruber, the now infamous professor from MIT, famously said at a Wharton academic conference that the lack of transparency and the stupidity of the American people were essential to passing Obamacare. Such is the origin of the Bronze plan. The key feature of the Bronze plan is its low premium... 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
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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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