Category Archives: entitlements, medicare, health care

The Single-Payer Debate

Bernie Sanders raised the profile for a single-payer health care system when he released an outline for his plan on January 17th. Sanders essentially advocates a “Medicare for All” plan. Rival Hillary Clinton criticized the plan not only for the … Continue reading

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Up From the Canvass(ing)

I had the opportunity to do some political canvassing last Friday. One of our tasks was to ask voters what issue was most important to them. Exactly half of those I was able to ask this question stated that the … Continue reading

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Colorado Launches New Commission on Controlling Health Care Costs

The Colorado legislators approved the formation of a new commission to study and make recommendations on ways to better contain the growing costs of health care. I applaud our political leaders to act in non-partisan ways in this regard. The … Continue reading

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Healthcare – The driver of debt

Going to link to another great post by Ezekiel Chang that describes why our debt problem cannot be solved by cutting spending for (non-healthcare) programs, or by raising taxes, or even a combination of both. We won’t solve our debt … Continue reading

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There’s Upselling, and then there’s Upcharging

A new Propublica report sheds some light on some Medicare physicians who routinely charge Medicare the highest rate of reimbursement for office visits. When 90-100% of patient visits to your office are so complex that they warrant the highest level … Continue reading

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Actuarily Speaking… Went to my good friend Chris’ wedding in Pasadena last weekend and received a surprise gift (or 10) for my blog. Chris is an actuary in the health care industry. One of his good friends, Ezekiel Chang, is … Continue reading

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Not Can We, But Should We?

Blogging time was taken up with planning and facilitating time as I coordinated a health care series at Arvada United Methodist Church this March. We had 3 great presenters from Kaiser, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance … Continue reading

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