Candidates Debate Healthcare Reform

Once again, healthcare reform is at the forefront of the U.S. political debate. CNN allotted healthcare the lead-off spot and 22 minutes on both nights of its Democratic Presidential Debates this week, more than for any other issue. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) perhaps best captured the key challenge -- unsustainable costs: In the United States … Continue reading Candidates Debate Healthcare Reform

Healthcare Reform: Are Insurance Companies and Drug Companies the Culprits?

“We are at the mercy of the private insurance and pharmaceutical companies, whose greed dictates the cost of healthcare,” railed Democrat Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders in a recent campaign blurb. Are insurance and drug companies really the ones to blame for our healthcare problem – unsustainable costs and millions without access?  If so, are … Continue reading Healthcare Reform: Are Insurance Companies and Drug Companies the Culprits?

Healthcare Reform: “150 million Americans won’t give up their private health insurance to get Medicare for all.” Really?

Former Representative Jim Delaney (D-Md) threw down the gauntlet to the left-leaning attendees at the California Democratic convention on June 2 by challenging Medicare-for-all. ”The problem with Medicare for all, it’s actually really simple, is that it makes private insurance illegal. And 150 million Americans have private insurance, and 70% of them like it according … Continue reading Healthcare Reform: “150 million Americans won’t give up their private health insurance to get Medicare for all.” Really?

Healthcare Reform: What About Free Riders?

One of the most potent objections to government-backed universal healthcare is the problem of free riders. John Smith said in 1608, “he that will not work shall not eat.” Getting something for nothing offends the American sense of fairness. But is this the right way to think about healthcare? Let’s look at free-rider claims and … Continue reading Healthcare Reform: What About Free Riders?

Fixing U.S. Healthcare Blog – One-Year Appraisal & Summary

Fixing U.S. Healthcare blog reached its one-year anniversary last month. That’s a good time to take stock. And it’s a good time to summarize this blog’s message - that U.S. healthcare spending far outpaces spending in other comparable OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development) countries, as shown in the masthead graphic, above, and needs to … Continue reading Fixing U.S. Healthcare Blog – One-Year Appraisal & Summary