What does a conservative shift in Americans mean for health reform?

Four in 10 Americans say they’ve become more conservative in the past 2 years. By a factor of 2:1, more Americans have turned more conservative versus more liberal. The shift for members of all three political parties has been to the right.     This right-shift finding comes from the Gallup Poll of June 14-17, 2009, […]

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Are Americans willing to pay for health reform? It depends how you put it…

There are many surveys that are looking at whether Americans are willing to pay for health reforms: in particular, to cover the uninsured. This is a conceptual question: we don’t really know how people will really feel once they are mandated by tax law or other mechanism to reach into their pockets. Still, it’s instructive […]

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The Other health reform – cutting through the red tape

There’s another, complementary track to take to reform American health care that will streamline workflow, cut down on paperwork and save money: administrative simplification. While not a sexy phrase, it’s a very attractive option that will help to contain costs. The UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization (UHC), part of UnitedHealth Group, issued its […]

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Health care is local, according to Secretary Sebelius. It's also personal.

Health care is, broadly speaking a local good, just like Senator Tip O’Neill used to say about politics: that “all politics is local.” Secretary of Health and Human Kathlees Sebelius launched the website The Heatlh Care Status Quo on the HealthReform.Gov portal, profiling each of the 50 States and their current level of health care […]

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The 99% End-Game: Health Care Is All of Us in 2082

I was reminded by a short story in the Kansas City Star over the weekend about a report from the Congressional Budget Office published in November 2007. In The Long-Term Outlook for Health Care Spending, the CBO forecasts that health spending – including Medicare, Medicaid, and all other spending — will consume the entire U.S. […]

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