Columns

  • Is President Obama Fighting The Last War?

    You can sum up Obama’s strategy for health reform as “WWCD”: What Wouldn't the Clintons Do. And it’s working well so far. It seems likely that Obama will have a bill to sign by year’s end. But will it be legislation that people actually like? Jun 29, 2009

  • Bringing the Prius to American Medicine

    President Obama has repeatedly promised that providing every American affordable access to quality health care won't cost more money than we'll save through reform, but he's recently raised the stakes even further. Health care reform, he has said, would "foster economic growth" and "unleash America's economic potential." Jun 25, 2009

  • Reading the Fine Print on Health Reform: Encouraging News For Public Health

    Partisan health reform fights have focused on a handful of concerns: the proposed public health insurance plan, individual and employer mandates, financing measures to subsidize low-income Americans and to cover the uninsured. As a combatant in some of these fights, I’m not one to say the partisan conflict is misplaced. Jun 25, 2009

  • Boosting Home Care: An Uphill Battle

    Once a senior begins receiving long-term care services, she and her family often are in for two shocks. The first is that Medicare won’t pay beyond perhaps a few months after a hospitalization. The second is that while Medicaid, the state-federal program for the poor, may help, chances are it will only do so for nursing home residents. Jun 22, 2009

  • The Federal Government Should Have Limited, But Crucial, Role In Comp Effectiveness

    The government shoudn't be the arbiter that makes final decisions on the value of one treatment over another, but can play an important role in collecting and disseminating information about the most effective treatments. Jun 18, 2009

  • Health Reform: The Reality Show

    The health care reform discussion is beginning—at last!—to get real. On June 9, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee released a draft bill, and the Congressional Budget Office published an estimate that the bill would cost $1 trillion over 10 years and leave 35 million uninsured. Jun 18, 2009

  • Everybody's Business: Reform Would Help Corporations

    One of the more promising signs for health care reform over the past two years has been the apparent support of the business community. Jun 15, 2009

  • Use Medicare To Hold Industry To Cost And Quality Promises

    Affordable health care for everyone is too important for policy makers to sit back and wait for the health care industry to cut costs and improve quality. The industry needs a push, in the form of a little financial pressure. Medicare is the mechanism through which the federal government has leverage to increase the pace of change in the U.S. health care system. Jun 11, 2009

  • Solving the Political Paradox of Health Care Reform

    After decades of effort, the enactment of universal health insurance coverage is actually in sight. Jun 11, 2009

  • Health Care Reform or Just Expensive Entitlement Expansion?

    While we desperately need a sustainable health care reform in America to cover all of our people, Congress getting ready to send the president little more than a health care entitlement expansion that will give us a health care system even more unsustainable then the one we now have. Jun 08, 2009