Category Archives: Health Care Politics

President Comes To Town

Last week, on a day full of victories, the President of the United States visited Boston to defend the Affordable Care Act. He began his historic appearance at Faneuil Hall with the self-deprecating and not altogether untrue observation that his … Continue reading

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Texas vs. Massachusetts: Their Best Is Our Worst

Rapper Nas has spit a great rhyme in his song Make the World Go Round: I’m a rare dude, I’m a wonder, your best success is my worst blunder Today, a post on Health Affairs blog, Plano, Texas Vs. Revere, … Continue reading

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DOMA Decision Impacts Health Insurance, State Budget

Today’s Supreme Court decision holding part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional will have a number of impacts on health insurance eligibility and costs for same-sex married couples. It also might impact the state budget. Attorney General Martha Coakley … Continue reading

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DVR Alert: “Escape Fire” – Searing Documentary on Our Failed Health Care System

Must see TV: The award-winning documentary Escape Fire will be broadcast on CNN this Sunday. The movie will air on Sunday night March 10th at 8:00pm on CNN. It will re-air at 11pm ET and again on March 16th. Set … Continue reading

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What Santorum Means

This exchange from last Thursday’s Florida Republican debate was the most extensive discussion of health care so far in the primary season: Romney gave a cogent, articulate defense of Massachusetts health reform (which of course goes just as well for … Continue reading

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Must Reading: Berwick’s Reply

In a talk at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement annual forum this week, Don Berwick encapsulated his wisdom of how health care change can happen, his rage at the politics and cynicism that accompanied his work at CMS, and his … Continue reading

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Lower Copays Create Better Patient Outcomes

A recent study from the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that the simple strategy of eliminating copayments may improve the quality of health outcomes for patients. The study, supported by the Commonwealth Fund, concludes that patients discharged from the … Continue reading

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Who Fact Checks The Fact Checker? (UPDATED to Reflect Changes in the Original Column)

[Update: The Post revised their column in response to our request, after a conversation I had with the author. They removed some of the most egregious errors, but the column still reflects a hazy understanding of the goals and results … Continue reading

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FactCheck.org slams down Beacon Hill Institute “RomneyCare Lost Jobs” Study

The factcheckers at FactCheck.org are continuing to debunk the bunk. When the Rick Perry campaign started picking up the illogical conclusions of the latest Beacon Hill Institute study, the issue started getting national attention. The FactCheck.org reporters started checking around, … Continue reading

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Romnesia

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the legislature’s enactment of chapter 58, the Massachusetts health reform law. Five years ago, we wrote that supporters should thank Speaker DiMasi, Senate President Travaglini, but also give Governor Romney his due: “We’ve had … Continue reading

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