Daily Policy Digest

Health Issues

The Medicare Doc Fix Needs fixed

If the doc fix were similarly limited to a two-year extension, instead of perpetually locking in spending, the gross cost of the change would drop from $175 billion to about $26 billion...

Does Pharma Have a Productivity Problem?

A single drug that cured all cancers would be immensely more valuable than 100 new molecules that treated acne...

Is Obamacare Winning Over Republican Lawmakers?

Last week's overwhelming bipartisan support in the House of Representatives for a deal to lock in Obamacare's way of paying doctors sends a terrible signal...

Boehner and Pelosi's Medicare Doc Fix to Cost Billions

H.R.2 bill increases spending on the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by almost $40 billion...

The Burr-Hatch-Upton Plan v. The Affordable Care Act

If the plaintiffs succeed in overturning ACA's health insurance subsidies, it could pave the way for the Patient CARE Act to be inaugurated as a viable alternative to many ACA mandates...

Are House Republicans Wrong on Health Reform?

Unfortunately, the House's SGR package misses an opportunity to solve Medicare's underlying problems...

Veterans Deserve Better Health Care Delivery

A recent nation-wide survey shows 88 percent of veterans favor the option to choose their own medical provider...

Affordable Care Act Could be Repealed by the Next President

Failure to harvest low-hanging fruit might doom patient-centered health reform to the forever future...

Less Restrictive Regulation of APRNs Can Address the Doctor Shortage Problem

The current shortage of specialty physicians is slightly larger in 2015 (33,100) than for primary care physicians (29,800)...

A Market-Based SGR Replacement Plan

As Medicare consumes an ever-larger share of U.S. economic output, the SGR system fails to meet its goal of ensuring that Medicare's spending on physicians grows more slowly than a broad economic index...


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