Medicare for All is No Easy Fix

I have shied away from weighing in on the flurry of health proposals being discussed as part of the Biden Administration’s big spending bill. So many proposals have been floated, and I can’t handicap their odds of enactment better than you. However, the resurgence of Medicare for All measures…

Updates on Nursing Home Safety, Hospital Pricing Rules

Two recent pieces of journalism are worth a close read. The New York Times published a devastating indictment of how nursing homes have gamed government quality rules to mask low staffing and care levels and still qualify for top government ratings. The headline was tough to stomach over breakfast: Maggots,…

The Choice You Need to Get Right: COVID Era Nursing Home Selection

Choosing the right nursing home has never been more important or harder. It looks like COVID-19 infection rates finally are receding from the devastating levels we’ve been seeing. That’s great news, but as this tsunami of disease and death moves out, it is revealing many homes whose staffs and finances…

Beware the Consequences of Government Setting Health Prices

Prescription drug spending in 2019 was less than 10 percent of the nation’s $3.8 trillion health-care spending. But high drug prices clearly are low-hanging fruit when it comes to eye-dropping examples of how health-care companies exploit U.S. consumers. The latest exhibit was last week’s…

Want Health Insurance? Biden Has Deals for You!

If you have no health insurance and are not yet eligible for Medicare, the federal government is doing three things to make your life more secure when it comes to getting affordable health care. One: From February 15 through May 15, people have a special enrollment period, ordered by President Biden,…

Our Enduring Health Tragedy Is Its Cost

It is no exaggeration to say that health care has never occupied such a central place in our minds. COVID-19 is taking record numbers of lives in the U.S. even as remarkable progress is being achieved on promising vaccines that could provide herd immunity, assuming enough people take them. Beyond…

Affordable Care Act Access to be Expanded

President Biden issued an executive order today that will expand access to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and create a special enrollment period for ACA sign-ups from February 15 to May 15. The non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation said earlier this week that nearly 15 million uninsured persons would…