Thursday, October 8, 2015

Howard J. Peterson

A simple proposition to give veterans the health care they deserve

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 6:00 AM
Two sets of facts have converged to create a remarkable opportunity to improve the economics and quality of healthcare in the United States. Fact 1: The Veterans Administration (VA) System has failed to meet the promise made to our veterans in need of healthcare services. This problem is not new: ... Read more

Chief Justice Roberts' flawed reasoning

Monday, August 17, 2015, 6:00 AM
On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court once again saved the Affordable Care Act by upholding subsidies for citizens in the 34 states where the federal government operates the insurance exchange. Speaking for the majority, Chief Justice Roberts wrote, "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve... Read more

To solve our health care spending problem, we must first understand it

Monday, June 22, 2015, 6:34 AM
Our nation’s spending on health care is 17 percent of the gross domestic product, while other developed countries typically spend only 9-10 percent and achieve similar patient outcomes. We spend an estimated $2,600 more per capita on healthcare than the next most expensive nation, Norway.... Read more

Can we really trust Congress to pay for the Obamacare Medicaid expansion?

Friday, May 1, 2015, 6:00 AM
Few of the promises made related to Obamacare have been kept: “If you like your healthcare plan you can keep your healthcare plan period”, “there will be no taxes for any family earning under $250,000”, “healthcare costs for families will be reduced by an average of $2... Read more

How good is the Obamacare good news after year two?

Friday, March 27, 2015, 6:00 AM
The White House has reported that after the second year of open enrollment in Obamacare as many as 16.4 million people have signed up on the federal and state exchanges. They cite 14.1 million individuals who have signed up on the exchanges themselves and 2.3 million children under 26 who were added... Read more

The Supreme Court can force the essential debate on the ACA

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 6:00 AM
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of King v. Burwell. Intervention by the Court results from a challenge to a ruling by the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit that upheld IRS regulations extending subsidies to people enrolled in Obamacare through federal insurance exchanges.... 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

People do what you incent them to do

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:00 AM
The U.S. spends almost twice as much per capita on healthcare as the average developed country. Healthcare spending is 17 percent of our nation’s economy and is expected to rise sharply. Other countries typically spend between 9-10%. We have a health care spending problem. It threatens the economic... Read more

So how good is the good news on Obamacare and jobs?

Monday, August 18, 2014, 6:00 AM
The most recent Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index survey found that the percentage of those without health insurance in the U.S. has fallen to 13.4%. The unemployment rate in July fell to 6.2%. However, looking inside these numbers tells a somewhat different story. Gallup’s findings of the... Read more

Obamacare: Lingering uncertainty will prove costly in 2015

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 6:00 AM
Generally, markets in any industry do not like uncertainty and ambiguity. The general human reaction to vague circumstances is to protect against possible downsides. So it is with Obamacare. We are in a period of high uncertainty and ambiguity. This ambiguity will be further fueled by the political... 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 College 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 College 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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