Focus on Health

Focus on Health

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On May 12, the Congressional Budget Office released new data on subsidies authorized by the Affordable Care Act.

A May 11 report from Millman found that health care costs for the typical American family have doubled over the last 9 years.

Also on May 11, The New England Journal of Medicine published an article by Stanford economist Alain Enthoven on reforming Medicare. He proposes a managed competition system in lieu of the current fee for service system.

And on May 11, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article by Brookings Institution economist Henry Aaron praising the Independent Payment Advisory Board established by the Affordable care Act

On May 5, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on Medicare reimbursement rates for doctors.

On May 4, the Bureau of Labor Statistics published a study of high-deductible health plans, which many employers are adopting to reduce costs.

An April 27 issue brief from the Employee Benefit Research Institute found a decline in the percentage of the population with employer-based health insurance to 52 percent in 2009.

Also on April 27, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article on similarities between the Affordable Care Act and Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare.

On April 26, the Yale Law Journal published a commentary by Northwestern law professor Andrew Koppelman arguing that the Affordable Care Act is not only constitutional, but obviously so.

I last posted items on this topic on April 11.

Bruce Bartlett is an American historian and columnist who focuses on the intersection between politics and economics. He blogs daily and writes a weekly column at The Fiscal Times. Bartlett has written for Forbes Magazine and Creators Syndicate, and his work is informed by many years in government, including as a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House. He is the author of seven books including the New York Times best-seller, Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy (Doubleday, 2006).

Bruce Bartlett’s columns focus on the intersection of politics and economics. The author of seven books, he worked in government for many years and was senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House.