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Does Health Insurance Improve Health? Evidence from Massachusetts

It is always important to remember that healthcare and health insurance are two very different things, and neither of them is a guarantee of good health. Therefore, when people talk about Obamacare providing people with medical care, we have to remember that … Continue reading

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Is the Profit Motive Ruining American Healthcare?

We all know that healthcare costs in the U.S. are too high.  But why is American healthcare so expensive?  Some experts blame the desire for profit.  Russell Andrews, a  neurosurgeon and author of Too Big To Succeed laments “the morphing of American medicine … Continue reading

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Where in the United States Do the Uninsured Live?

In a recent post, I wrote about ethnic variation in the likelihood of going without health insurance. There’s also quite a bit of geographic variation in uninsurance, based on 2008 data – before the passage of the Affordable Care Act. … Continue reading

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How Much Are You Spending on Healthcare, and How Much Is Your Insurer?

I have been writing a lot lately about out-of-pocket costs for health care in United States. In my research on this topic, I came across the following picture, which shows how much insurers are spending on healthcare, among people in the … Continue reading

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The US is Number One: in Out-of-Pocket Costs!

I have been writing a fair amount lately about the out-of-pocket costs that many Americans face when they receive healthcare services. A new report by The Commonwealth Fund provides a picture of the scope of this issue. It compares the US … Continue reading

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How the Obamacare Employer Mandate Promotes Fairer Markets

Obamacare has come under intense criticism for harming businesses, which will see their employee costs rise as a result of the ACA employer mandate.  A recent New York Times article reported that complying with Obamacare regulations would “cost about $1 per hour … Continue reading

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Is Opposition to Obamacare Racist?

It is pretty easy to be against Obamacare these days. The federal government can’t come up with a working website to help people buy health insurance. The President misled people about whether they could hold onto their old insurance plans. … Continue reading

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What Do People Think About When Choosing Health Insurance Plans?

Here is a discussion I had with Tess Vigeland of Los Angeles Public Radio about the psychology of choosing health plans. (Click here to view comments) Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up share via … Continue reading

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Obamacare and the End of Employer-Based Health Insurance

According to the American Action Forum, 43 million American workers will lose access to employer-based health insurance coverage because of Obamacare. Critics of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have warned that the creation of health insurance exchanges, and federal subsidies for people earning less than 400% of … Continue reading

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Health Insurance Exchanges in One Picture

Here is an excellent picture from the New England Journal of Medicine, illustrating which states have chosen to run their own exchanges, which are relying on the federal government, and which are following some kind of hybrid approach. Unsurprisingly, the … Continue reading

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