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  • Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    By Ken Terry | Medscape Medical News
    According to David U. Himmelstein, MD, and Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, from the City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College, who wrote the article, the government share of national health expenditures will rise to 67.1% by 2024. At that point, they argue, there will be only a 4-point spread between what the US government pays for in our public/private healthcare system and the 71% of Canadian health spending that that country's government spends on its single-payer system.

  • Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016
    By Susanne L. King, M.D. | The Berkshire Eagle
    Sen. Bernie Sanders has opened a dialogue about single-payer health care in the presidential campaign by supporting "Medicare for All." In response, single-payer critics have written analyses that misrepresent the costs of single-player health insurance, misleading the public.

  • Posted on Friday, February 5, 2016
    By Steffie Woolhandler and David U. Himmelstein | The Philadelphia Inquirer
    In our "read my lips/over my dead body" political culture, the threat of tax increases usually shuts down proposals for single-payer national health insurance. Lately, conservative pundits - and even liberals like Hillary Clinton - have been repeating the mantra that single-payer insurance would break the bank. Never mind that Canadians, Australians, and Western Europeans spend about half what we do on health care, enjoy universal coverage, and are healthier. Their health-care taxes are higher. ... Or are they?

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    One of the more important considerations in selecting plans offered through the insurance exchanges is whether or not an individual’s physicians and hospitals are included in the provider networks selected by the insurer. Although this is supposed to place more control into the hands of the health care consumer, in fact, the insurer is free to change the provider network at any time, yet the patient is prohibited from changing insurers outside of the open enrollment period. Patients lose their providers and can’t do anything about it until open enrollment for the next year.
  • Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2016
    Covered California - one of the more successful state-operated ACA insurance exchanges - has two features that are currently being considered for the federally-operated ACA exchanges: standardized cost-sharing designs and active purchasing of plans.
  • Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016
    Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act allows states to pursue waivers allowing alternative approaches to implementation of the Act as long as they comply with certain minimal requirements. In December, HHS released an advisory which gives guidance to what sort of innovations might be approved. This Deloitte health policy brief includes this guidance in updating the description of Section 1332 waivers and how the states may use them.