Post Tagged with: "politics"

Controlling the Costs of Innovation: Let’s Refocus and Remember The Patient

Controlling the Costs of Innovation: Let’s Refocus and Remember The Patient

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November 21, 2014

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Innovation/innovative companies:

The US has always been a place where others from around the world have come to incubate and grow ideas. Now, it appears that innovation must come at a substantial cost–the increasing capital required for drug development as well as taxes on medical device companies only serve to squeeze out the “small guys with big ideas” and limit our ability to continue to produce new, more effective therapies and cures.

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Gene Steuerle, Host of "The Government We Deserve"

Jim Brady and a BOGGSAT

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August 18, 2014

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POLICY:

Jim Brady, who died on August 4, 2014, will be remembered for many things. Gene Steurle reflects on the implications of Brady’s lesson about decision-making by BOGGSAT (a bunch of guys (and gals) sitting around a table)

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Obamacare Delays and Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Old People Can’t Surf

Obamacare Delays and Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Old People Can’t Surf

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March 28, 2014

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POLICY:

Overall there have been more than 20 unilateral changes/delays/exceptions made by the President without Congressional approval or oversight.

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Bob Laszewski, Host of Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review

Republicans Considering Proposing High-Risk Pools––Health Insurance Ghettos

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March 21, 2014

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POLICY:

I can’t believe Republicans are even considering this idea in 2014.

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Silly Republican Insurance Reform Ideas––Selling Insurance Across State Lines and Association Health Plans

Silly Republican Insurance Reform Ideas––Selling Insurance Across State Lines and Association Health Plans

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March 17, 2014

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POLICY:

When I discuss these ideas with people in the insurance industry––people who know how their market really works––these ideas generally command plenty of snickers.

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Healthcare and the Ukraine: Politics, Suffering and Disease

Healthcare and the Ukraine: Politics, Suffering and Disease

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March 7, 2014

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Certainly, the world’s eyes are focused on the political unrest in the Ukraine this week. As a physician, I am concerned about the health and well being of the Ukrainian people.

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Gene Steuerle, Host of "The Government We Deserve"

Finding an Opportune Way to Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit

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January 30, 2014

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POLICY:

Having worked on the EITC and other wage subsidies for a long time (and having introduced them at a crucial stage of tax reform efforts in the 1980s), I say it’s about time they were back on the table.

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Paul Levy, Host of (Not) Running a Hospital

A benefit of political gridlock? It won’t last.

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January 18, 2014

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A Washington, DC colleague reported to me this week that spending on lobbying in the nation’s capital has declined considerably. Why?

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Gene Steuerle, Host of "The Government We Deserve"

The Budget Deal: A Tentative Step Forward

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December 17, 2013

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POLICY:

In a recent Washington Post article, I characterized any forthcoming budget deal as two parties who had dug a hole for themselves deciding to stop throwing shovels at each other. Despite this skepticism, I must admit that this December 2013 agreement is certainly better than throwing shovels—or, more formally, threatening another government shutdown, along with its attendant costs on the workings of government, the well-being of citizens, and economic growth.

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Gene Steuerle, Host of "The Government We Deserve"

Nelson Mandela and the Formation of a Nation

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December 11, 2013

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A person like Nelson Mandela takes his country onto a higher plane. He serves as a beacon and inspiration for new generations.

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GOP’s Oddest Obamacare Objection

GOP’s Oddest Obamacare Objection

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November 6, 2013

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POLICY:

The reason that Republicans shut down the federal government, it turns out, was to “restore patient-centered healthcare in America.” Huh?

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Don Berwick could be governor

Don Berwick could be governor

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June 21, 2013

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POLICY:

By Paul Levy First Posted at Not Running a Hospital on 6/19/2013 Don Berwick formally announced his candidacy for Governor of Massachusetts this past week.  As they… Read More ›

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How Much Does Health Care Cost? More Than You Can – or Want – to Imagine

How Much Does Health Care Cost? More Than You Can – or Want – to Imagine

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June 13, 2013

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Health care & health policy, Health care professionals:

Wendy Lynch Posted 6/13/13 on the Altarum Institute Health Policy Forum In my mind’s eye, I’ve started imagining U.S. health care spending as the Blob… Read More ›

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No meaningful use help for nursing homes

No meaningful use help for nursing homes

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June 6, 2013

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Aging, anti-aging & longevity, Health care & health policy, Mental health, Payment, People in healthcare, POLICY, RESEARCH, Technology in healthcare:

By Paul Levy First Posted at Not Running a Hospital on 6/5/2013 One of the things I learned from Holly Jarek at Seven Hills Pediatric Center is… Read More ›

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Another side of health care

Another side of health care

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June 5, 2013

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Cognition & the brain, Family and kids, Health care & health policy, Payment, People in healthcare, POLICY, RESEARCH:

By Paul Levy First Posted at Not Running a Hospital on 6/2/2013 Many months ago, Holly Jarek wrote to me:  “I was wondering if sometime… Read More ›

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