Business
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Will Republicans Repeal ObamaCare’s Risk Corridors?

John Graham - January 26, 2014

This blog’s readers are better informed than most about the (somewhat complicated) question of how health insurers will be compensated for bearing risk in ObamaCare’s health insurance…

Business
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Price Transparency: What to Do and What Not to Do

John Graham - January 24, 2014

I’ve written about sky-high hospital prices in this blog, especially for uninsured patients who present at emergency rooms. A related issue is price transparency. In most normal…

Private Exchanges: Getting Ready for Individual Health Insurance to Be the Standard
Business
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Private Exchanges: Getting Ready for Individual Health Insurance to Be the Standard

John Graham - January 9, 2014

Professor John H. Cochrane of the University of Chicago had an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on December 25, in which he gave a brief description…

Why Hospitals Are Still Gouging the Uninsured
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Why Hospitals Are Still Gouging the Uninsured

John Graham - January 7, 2014

Two recent posts have discussed out of control prices for hospitals’ services, especially in ERs. The first argued that sky-high hospital prices are the result of government…

Should We Bail Out Hospitals for Their Bad Debt?
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Should We Bail Out Hospitals for Their Bad Debt?

John Graham - January 2, 2014

A previous blog entry tried to shed some light on the phenomenon of hospital charges that are out of control, such as $500 for a single stitch. A previous…

Oh No! The Republicans Are Going to Tax Your Health Benefits!
Health Reform
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Health Reform
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Oh No! The Republicans Are Going to Tax Your Health Benefits!

John Graham - December 28, 2013

If even The Wall Street Journal covers reforming the tax code to allow individuals to own their own health insurance in “Republicans Shy Away From Their Own…

“Job Lock” from Employer-Based Health Benefits: What Should Government Do?
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“Job Lock” from Employer-Based Health Benefits: What Should Government Do?

John Graham - December 26, 2013

Back in 1993, the economists Jonathan Gruber and Brigitte C. Madrian highlighted the problem of “job lock”, a consequence of employer-based health benefits. Gruber and Madrian figured…

Sky-High Hospital Prices: A Result of Government Interference
Business
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Business
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Sky-High Hospital Prices: A Result of Government Interference

John Graham - December 17, 2013

Despite its editorial position in favor of more government control of people’s access to medical care, the New York Times has an excellent track record of journalism covering the…

United States Third Lowest Spender on Health Care in 11 Developed Countries
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United States Third Lowest Spender on Health Care in 11 Developed Countries

John Graham - December 10, 2013

Devon Herrick has already addressed some of the shortcomings of the Commonwealth Fund’s latest survey of eleven developed countries, which questions thousa Devon Herrick has already addressed…

Will ObamaCare Finally Cause American Seniors to Turn Against Government Health Care?
Health Reform
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Health Reform
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Will ObamaCare Finally Cause American Seniors to Turn Against Government Health Care?

John Graham - December 5, 2013

Most Americans are now aware of the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare health-insurance exchanges for privately insured people. However, this has sidelined discussion of the pain that ObamaCare is…