Entries by David Anderson

And now for some good news

Via TPM: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed legislation Monday to expand the state’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. The expansion is expected to expand health coverage to more than 300,000 Michiganders in its first year and nearly 500,000 eventually. When the Supreme Court ruling came out that decided the Feds were offering too […]

More special snowflakes….

As we discussed yesterday, the provider side of the equation for health care is consolidating.  Depending on how one wishes to analyze the payer side of the equation, one can strongly and correctly state that there is a massive fracturing of insurance market share and price making power.  One can also say that there will […]

Size matters

Size, once past certain threshold values, may or may not matter during sex, there are too many interrelated variables to tease out a definitive statement. However, size definitely matters in the ability of organizations to bear and spread risk.  Insurance companies when they are operating in a manner that benefits the public are supposed to […]

Expand and loot

Good news (via Politico) for Pennsylvania: Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is planning a Monday press conference to throw his support behind a version of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, industry and legislative sources tell POLITICO. Corbett’s eyeing versions of expansion that rely on private-sector health plans rather than adding to the public Medicaid rolls, similar to […]

Gini in a bottle

Let’s head to fantasy land — no you perverts, not that one… the one where Econ 101 is an accurate description of how the health service markets work.  In this world, information is widely disseminated, products and services are clearly differentiated, no single buyer or seller has enough market power to set or demand a […]