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Medicaid Deserves More Respect

Friday, June 17, 2011, 6:00 AM
If you’re on Medicaid and your child needs a pediatric specialist, good luck finding one. You are up to five times less likely to get an appointment than someone with private insurance. That is the finding of a study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine . (See last Thursday’s... Read more

Is High Health Care Spending Good for Us?

Friday, June 10, 2011, 9:40 AM
Does all the money we spend on health care actually make us healthier? One group of researchers says definitely yes. Their study looked at Medicare costs for over 17,000 beneficiaries and compared it with their health status and survival after three years. Those with higher bills showed better health... Read more

Single-payer health care is closer to reality in Vermont

Friday, June 3, 2011, 6:00 AM
Who is better at providing health insurance – the government or private companies? We may find an answer in an experiment that is about to begin. The State of Vermont has taken the first step in creating a government-run single-payer health plan. Governor Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, signed legislation... Read more

Cutting Needless Health Care Costs Should be a No Brainer

Friday, May 27, 2011, 6:00 AM
Doctors sometimes do dumb things. Like ordering antibiotics that are certain to be ineffective. Or prescribing expensive brand name drugs when cheaper generics would do. Actions like these are routine in much of primary care. They run up costs while offering no benefit to patients. In fact, they can... Read more

Is Medicare Going Bankrupt? Not Really

Friday, May 20, 2011, 7:39 PM
Medicare will go bankrupt in seven years unless drastic changes are made. So we were warned – in 1969. Experts pegged the countdown to disaster at eight years in 1981 and four years in 1997. In fact, every report by the program’s Trustees, since the first one was issued in 1970, has projected... Read more

For Mitt Romney, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Friday, May 13, 2011, 6:00 AM
Pity poor Mitt Romney. His signature accomplishment as governor of Massachusetts is now his albatross. Try as he might, he just can’t seem to shake it. As governor, Romney guided passage of a revolutionary health reform plan. The effort was bipartisan and collaborative. The plan, which was enacted... Read more

Don’t Cut Public Health – It’s Saving Our Lives

Thursday, May 5, 2011, 7:49 PM
Do you know anyone who died because they drank a cup of water? If you live in America, probably not. But hundreds around the globe die every day because they did just that. Do you know of any children who died from measles, whooping cough, or polio? Again, as an American, you almost certainly don’t... Read more

Why the Federal Government Spends so Much on Medicare

Thursday, April 28, 2011, 11:13 PM
Medicare is going broke. Everyone agrees. Spending is rising at almost 8% a year, and the annual budget is now over half a trillion dollars. The program’s cost has more than doubled over the past 10 years. How did we get to this point? Is Medicare yet another example of government inefficiency?... Read more

Now It’s Democrats Attacking Obama on Health Care

Friday, April 22, 2011, 6:00 AM
The last thing President Obama needs is more opposition on health care. Especially from his own party, let alone from its liberal wing. But that is the latest twist in his political travails. Several Democratic members of Congress plan to challenge the foundation of his Medicare cost-control plan... Read more

Can Obama Save Medicare?

Friday, April 15, 2011, 6:00 AM
President Obama thinks he can save Medicare from spiraling costs. Can he succeed? His approach contrasts starkly with the one that Congressman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) proposed last week. But, as it turns out, the two are surprisingly similar in an important way. Obama would leave the basic structure... Read more
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