“Single-payer healthcare is socialism!” – Why That’s Wrong & Wrongheaded

There are two technical reasons that the “socialism” claim is wrong:  First, single-payer does not mean government-single-owner.  Second, single-payer is best understood as a public-private hybrid, which is fundamentally different from socialism. This blog has avoided over-politicizing the healthcare reform debate.  It has, in fact, cautioned Americans to steer clear of inflammatory loaded words like … Continue reading “Single-payer healthcare is socialism!” – Why That’s Wrong & Wrongheaded

So, You Want Competition to Bring Down Healthcare Costs? – Then, Logically You’re Talking Single-Payer

Debates over fixing U.S. healthcare often end up with each party choosing a side – either “Competition” or “Government.” But in a strange twist of politics, logic, and the broken healthcare market, turns out that Competition and Government are on the same side. Let me explain… In order for there to be competition, there must be … Continue reading So, You Want Competition to Bring Down Healthcare Costs? – Then, Logically You’re Talking Single-Payer

Healthcare Reform: Where to Start?

Fixing U.S. Healthcare blog has made the case for reform that reins in spending in the whole system. But where possibly to start on such a massive undertaking?  Here are four ideas. Klein’s “Muddling incrementalism” Redefining Price’s “essential benefits” using Oregon-style cost-benefit analysis Rosenthal’s “Salami strategy” Emanuel’s “low-hanging fruit” Let’s look at each one. Idea #1:  … Continue reading Healthcare Reform: Where to Start?

Taming the Healthcare Tapeworm

    Fixing U.S. Healthcare blog has argued that unsustainable healthcare spending is the Real Problem with healthcare.  How can we tame this giant healthcare tapeworm machine, as Warren Buffett has dubbed it? This blog has described how medical professionals of the post-war generation built up our current system. Our system now delivers previously unimaginable healthcare miracles. … Continue reading Taming the Healthcare Tapeworm

Healthcare Hits A Pothole – And How to Fix It

The next time you hit a pothole in the road, blame your local health insurance or hospital CEO. Because your hard-earned healthcare premiums and tax dollars are literally going straight into their bonuses at the expense of infrastructure repair. Exorbitant national health spending produces what economists call opportunity costs. Our healthcare spending takes away not just … Continue reading Healthcare Hits A Pothole – And How to Fix It