Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

Wisconsin Street Cred

“My veins run with cheese, bratwurst, and a little Spotted Cow and some Millers.  I even think ice fishing is interesting.” Paul Ryan, August 12th.

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Romney: ‘I’m not getting rid of all of healthcare reform’

Republican and Democratic Presidential candidates may be more similar than they at fist appear.  Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney stated the following on Meet the Press: “I’m not getting rid of all of healthcare reform.” What types of things would Romney keep? “Of course there are a number of things that I like in healthcare reform […]

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Breaking News: A New President and a New Cavalcade of Risk

Barack Obama has been elected President of the United States.  Whether you are for or against Obama, this is a historic day.  It is the first time an African-American has been elected president.  Coverage of the election is below: Reactions from Around the World – N.Y. Times What the World Expects – BBC News Headlines […]

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The busy person’s presidential election guide

Everyone wants to be a knowledgeable voter.  Yet your life is busy; you work, or are in school, or have kids. There is only one day left before the election.  How do you choose your candidate? For health related issues, I of course recommend reading a post from this blog. But what about other issues? Fortunately, […]

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McCain and the Tax Deductibility of Health Insurance

What are the tax implications of John McCain’s health care proposal?  The key components are that health insurance will no longer be tax deductible but individuals will receive a $5000 credit of purchasing health insurance.  Let’s work out some simple math to see how this will impact the life of a typical American. Example with […]

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The Economist Magazine on Presidential Candidates Health Plan

The Economist magazine has a comparison of the two presidential candidates plans to reform the American health care system. For my take on the two candidates plans, see my post on the Obama vs. McCain health care policies.

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Economists favor Obama

The Economist magazine took a poll of academic economists working at NBER to see who they would vote for.  Barack Obama came out as the favorite.  Even though 46% of academic economists list themselves as Democrats compared to only 10% who claim to be Republican, Obama came out overwhelmingly ahead. Seventy percent of economists would […]

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Side-by-side comparison of the presidential candidates’ health care policy

The Health08.org website has a great tool to give voters a side-by-side comparison of John McCain and Barack Obama’s stance on a variety of health care issues.  For some commentary on each of the candidates health care reform proposals see my post on Obama vs. McCain health care policies.

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Obama vs. McCain health care policies

Barack Obama and John McCain both believe that they know how to improve the American health care system. A policy brief by Michael Tanner has nice summary of the two candidates policies. I will review some of this paper today. Obama’s general health care policy Obama goal is to expand government provided health care and […]

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PoliGraph at Healthcare 08

Want some more information on the presidential candidates views on healthcare reform?  The Healthcare 08 website has an interesting “PoliGraph” showing where the candidates stand.  Candidates are characterized according how government driven and how important health care issues are.  The graphs include issues such as: overall health care reform, drug prices, the uninsured, and stem […]

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