Entries by David Anderson

Competition, it does a market good

Price Waterhouse Coopers conducted an analysis to see how Obamacare individual market premiums and policies match up against common employer group market policies.  The short story is that the Obamacare policies are priced as well or usually better than employer group market premiums: CNBC:  The report found that the median rate of Obamacare exchange-sold plans […]

Reinventing the wheel

Following up on my post this morning on the financing of the P-CARE proposal there is a significant change as the Republicans proposing this bill realize that they are proposing a massively expensive and disruptive tax hike that will impact middle class and upper middle class voters.  Sen. Coburn’s office issued a “clarification” this morning […]

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 […]