Pinocchioizing the Medicare debate

July 1, 2013

Even if we can’t find a way to eliminate ‘Mediscare’ political tactics altogether, shouldn’t we be able to at least limit retiree-scaring strategies to election years? This weekend, Glenn Kessler, … Continued

No Time for Complacency

May 31, 2013

Washington, D.C. has long had a tendency to avoid decisive action until crises make continued delays untenable.  This being the case, there should be a great sense of joy and … Continued

The Sequester and Lessons About Health Spending Cuts

April 4, 2013

A post by Sarah Kliff on the Washington Post’s Wonkblog site is getting a lot of attention this morning.  She reported that cancer clinics across the country are turning away … Continued

The Sleeping Danger

January 24, 2013

Some suggest the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is a beast without teeth.  After all, President Obama has yet to nominate any individuals to serve on the 15-member board, and … Continued

Medicare, the campaign and the need for enlightenment

August 23, 2012

For all of the criticisms of this year’s presidential campaign being overly negative and personalized, I actually believe one of the most important failures of the campaign thus far is … Continued

Words Followed By Actions

July 31, 2012

The International AIDS Conference that took place last week in Washington, D.C. was a significant event in terms of nations and organizations renewing their commitment to combat the spread of … Continued

Medicaid Blues in a Red State

July 10, 2012

Governor Rick Perry’s announcement that Texas will not participate in the coming expansion of the Medicaid program – a decision made possible by last month’s Supreme Court decision forbidding the … Continued

Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court Health Reform Decision

June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court has upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  We applaud the fact that mechanisms remain in place to bring millions of uninsured Americans into the … Continued

Beyond Thursday

June 26, 2012

I don’t want to minimize the importance of Thursday’s forthcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling on health reform.  There is a great deal at stake.  Particularly if the Court declares the … Continued

The Overlooked Mandate Issue

March 30, 2012

While the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments this week on the constitutionality of the individual mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act, another serious concern about the mandate … Continued