Entries by Richard Mayhew

#BFD in North Carolina

North Carolina General Assembly districts (House & Senate). Order says redraw districts by 3/15/17 https://t.co/XtXOExUqSp — Don Taylor (@donaldhtaylorjr) November 30, 2016 Right now the North Carolina legislature is amazingly heavily gerrymandered for Republicans. The federal courts have found that the North Carolina state government has used basically every trick in the book to disenfranchise […]

Distributional Impacts of Price Plan (Reprise)

Now that we know Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) will be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services, it would be a good idea to look at the mechanics of his Obamacare Repeal and Replace bill. We did this in 2015 for HR2300 and I am reprinting the post on distributional impacts below. The mechanics […]

Proposition 61 and drug pricing

Proposition 61 was an interesting attempt to get better pricing for California’s state government for prescription drugs that it buys or directly reimburses for.  It failed by eight points this November but I think there is something interesting here. First, let’s look at how the LA Times described it: The measure would essentially prohibit the […]

You be the referee

The NFL had an interesting case of aggressive rules lawyering this weekend by the Baltimore Ravens: The basic exploit that the Ravens hacked is that a game can end on an offensive penalty. A punt is considered an offensive play for rule purposes. So the Ravens wanted to minimize their risk and they were willing […]

Two important papers

I’ve had two NBER papers that I am struggling to make sense with.  These papers are critical health policy papers as they relate to high deductible health plans (HDHP).  We’re going in that direction for a lot of health policy.  My prior assumption is that high deductible health plans paired with a health savings account […]

Amendment 69, single payer and plausible option space

Amendment 69 was the Colorado Care amendment.  Ballotpedia has the language the results: A “yes” vote supported creating ColoradoCare, a healthcare payment system designed to finance universal healthcare for Colorado residents partly through an additional 10 percent payroll tax—two thirds paid by employers and one third by employees—providing approximately $25 billion per year in revenue. […]