Entries by David Anderson

A plausible agreement zone

One of the things that has happened in the ACA over the past year is that most of the hard edges were smoothed away.  The vegetables got thrown out. Individual mandate — gone Health insurance premium tax — delayed Medical device tax — delayed Cadillac tax — delayed IPAB — gone Those were all choices […]

Health not health insurance policy

There is a nifty new NBER working paper that looks at what happened to asthma in Stockholm after that city instituted a congestion pricing fee. Asthma attacks went down. We demonstrate that the tax reduced ambient air pollution by 5 to 15 percent, and that this reduction in air pollution was associated with a significant […]

Cost, quality and economies

JAMA had a great editorial perspective this week by Katherine Baicker and Amitabh Chandra on the challenge of figuring out quality and cost effiency in health care spending. individuals in the United States may consume what appear to be similar health care services, but some of these services may actually be more intensive versions of […]

Smoke’em if you’ve got’em

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just made a huge announcement this morning: I returned to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year, it was immediately clear that tackling tobacco use – and cigarette smoking in particular – would be one of the most important actions I could take to advance public health. With […]

CSR funding and leverage (again)

Caitlin Owens at Axios reports that Senator Alexander (R-TN) is still trying to put together an individual market stabilization bill. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Susan Collins have proposed a market stabilization package that would include funding for the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reduction subsidies for three years, three years of federal reinsurance at $10 billion […]