Entries by David Anderson

Taking a Hatchet to healthcare (Pt. 3)

The first two parts of this series have looked at the private market for health insurance and the government programs.  Medicare is essentially unchecked while Medicaid gets a whole lot stingier.  The private market is allowed to exclude and underwrite in some circumstances while the federal government backs away from a lot of regulation.  The […]

Taking a Hatchet to healthcare (Pt. 2)

We talked about the private insurance market yesterday and how the PCARE proposal would change it compared to the baseline of Obamacare (as that is where we are today.)  Today let’s review government programs that provide healthcare. Section 301 Capitation payments for Medicaid The most important thing about 301 is it is the implementation of […]

Taking a Hatchet to healthcare (Pt. 1)

This will be a multi-parter on the P-Care proposal from Republicans.  I’m busy today. Section 101: Repeal Obamacare Standard Republican boilerplate with a lie in the first sentence as healthcare costs as a proportion of GDP actually decreased last year. Section 201: Adopt Common-Sense Consumer Protections Reinstate the popular to the employed middle class parts […]

Being broke is not being poor

Paul Krugman is reraising a common and key insight into poverty which is not well captured by federal poverty guidelines: By security, I mean that you have enough resources and backup that the ordinary emergencies of life won’t plunge you into the abyss. This means having decent health insurance, reasonably stable employment, and enough financial […]

7 million will be reached

Some important news on Exchange enrollment from the Health and Human Services blog: Since the beginning of open enrollment, millions of Americans are gaining access to health coverage–many for the very first time—thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The most recent data indicates that approximately 3.0 million people have now enrolled in a private health insurance […]