Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

The Teeth of the Individual Mandate

…are not very strong.  Here are the penalties individuals will have to pay if they don’t have insurance: These penalties are not steep. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that the cost of a single employer health insurance plan in 2012 was $5,615 and the cost of a family plan was $15,745. This means that in […]

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The Baucus Plan: Increasing Access…to the same old Healthcare System

Many people have asked me, what do you think about the Baucus health reform plan?  Taking the bird’s eye view, the Baucus plan does a very good job at expanding insurance coverage.  Eligibility limits for public plans (i.e., Medicaid and SCHIP) are more generous.  Lower middle class and middle class individuals qualify for health insurance […]

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Obama’s Address to Congress

While President Obama’s speech to Congress had many components, I’m going to focus on those related to health care.  I will also comment on the Republican response. OBAMA ADDRESS I applaud the President for specifically addressing the need for health care reform. “…we can no longer afford to put health care reform on hold. We […]

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China and Universal Health Care

The Wall Street Journal reports that China is aiming for Universal Health Care.  The Chinese hope to cover 90% of the population within 2 years, and provide health coverage for all Chinese by 2020.  “This all stands in contrast to China’s current system, which provides little government funding to government hospitals and requires patients to pay heavy out-of-pocket […]

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