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  • Backgrounder posted April 24, 2009 by Gurjeet Guram, John S. O'Shea, M.D. How Washington Pushes Americans into Low-Quality Health Care

    Because Washington insists, more Americans will likely find themselves with low-quality health care. President Barack Obama favors an expansion of Med­icaid, a welfare program, as well as the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), as a key compo­nent of his health care reform agenda.[1] Aside from the President's proposal,[2] Senate Finance…

  • WebMemo posted December 4, 2008 by Gurjeet Guram, Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. The Concept of a Federal Health Board: Learning from Britain's Experience

    Tom Daschle, President-elect Barack Obama's pick for secretary of health and human services, has recently advocated the creation of an independent "Federal Health Board."[1] This board would bypass Congress and make key health care decisions, such as determining the cost-effectiveness of treatments and choosing which services public insurance programs would cover.[2]…

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