Verifying Logical Conclusions: Medicare Part D and Good Health

July 28, 2011

It’s intuitive that giving seniors more affordable access to prescription drugs would lead to an overall improvement in their health and well-being. That logical conclusion has now been supported by … Continued

Government Efficiency and the Price of Bread

July 20, 2011

Last week, I had the opportunity to testify before the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee on the subject of IPAB (the Independent Payment Advisory Board) and the impact it … Continued

Medicare and the Deathly Hollows: An Actuarial View

July 14, 2011

Pardon the Harry Potter reference, but it seems somewhat appropriate given the dire point of view that permeated the House Budget Committee hearing yesterday on the future of the Medicare … Continued

Grasping at Thin Straws: That Kaiser IPAB Poll

July 5, 2011

Before we delve into this, let’s start with some basic, but essential, information.  A CBS News/New York Times poll conducted in late June established Congress’s approval-disapproval rating at 20-70.  That’s … Continued

Middle-Aged Medicare

July 1, 2011

Medicare turns 45 years old today. It’s an opportune time to reflect upon how many families have been helped by the program, how many seniors have gained a sense of … Continued