Despite all the talk of change, most of the noise emanating from inside the Beltway suggests that in health care, we are going to get more of the same: Employer-based care, more cost, and more government subsidies so the insurance industry can continue to profit from an inefficient delivery system.
May 7, 2009 -- Advocates hold high a banner for drawing down all available federal funds to cover 180,000 Oregonians, and for addressing both system reform and expansion during this legislative session.
April 30, 2009 -- Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) has done his part. As chairman of the House Health Care Committee, Greenlick passed the most sweeping piece of healthcare reform legislation this state has ever seen.
Healthcare reform seems to be on everyone’s mind. There is a definite need to push through the morass and work toward real healthcare reform. The “fluff” or “pie in the sky” statements may sound wonderful as they flash across our television screens, but they really mean nothing. It’s time for action, not just posing for the media.
April 7, 2009 -- On the third anniversary of Massachusetts' landmark health insurance overhaul, a new report shows that employers, consumers, and state government paid the same, proportionately, for health coverage after 2006 as they did the year before the initiative started.
March 30, 2009 -- There's really no good time or place for a blackout, though some are significantly worse than others. Mine, one subzero evening in downtown St. Paul, Minn., last December, fell solidly on the inauspicious side of the spectrum.
$285,888,128 dollars per hour. That’s the speed of U.S. healthcare spending. How do I know? I’m a health economist. I have a professional obligation to share this kind of trivia. If you’re like most people, you don’t run across many health economists.