🚨 RED ALERT: The White House and conservative groups are unveiling a new health care repeal bill this month. We obtained the summary document. 1/ pic.twitter.com/pku8bue6tH — Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) May 16, 2018 You know what to do — call your Senators and let them know your thoughts.
About David Anderson
I'm a research associate at Duke University Margolis Center. I used to be Richard Mayhew, a mid-level bureaucrat at UPMC Health Plan. I started writing here and have not found a reason to stop.
Entries by David Anderson
Insurers are good evil bastards. They need to have two core competencies. First they must be able to accurately assess risk. Secondly, they must be able to say “No.” On a good day, health insurance companies wish they were as popular as syphilis. Everyone loves to punch insurers and insurers roll with it as they […]
Over at the the Health Affairs Blog, I, along with Charles Gaba, Louise Norris and Andrew Sprung look into the implications of a possible requirement that CSR costs be broadly loaded into the individual market plans instead of the dominant Silver Load choice that almost all states have adapted. If broad loading is required, there […]
The Petersen-Kaiser Family Foundation Health System tracker has a really interesting graphic on the average price paid for full knee replacements in metropolitan statistical areas in 2016 by large group insurers. There is wild variation: One of the first things I think about here is the possibility of regional trade. St. Louis is, on […]
California will soon require new residential construction to have solar panels. This is provoked the usual sturm and drang on Twitter. Every expert that I’ve read has said that the solar panel idea is cost effective but sub-optimal. There are better choices to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in California than mandating residential solar. A professor […]
Politico reports that the Trump Administration believes that foreign countries are not treating the US fairly as they negotiate lower drug prices than the US systems and now there will be an announced “or else”. President Donald Trump on Friday will unveil a sweeping strategy for lowering drug prices that aims to reshape Medicare, boost […]
Sarah Kliff at Vox highlights a great graph from a tremendous paper by Cooper, Craig, Gaynor and Van Reenan on the variation of pricing within hospitals by insurer for common, repeatable procedures. The story is simple. In Hospital 1, Red X and Green Triangle (two different insurers) pay about the same for an MRI while […]