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  • Backgrounder posted May 5, 2009 by Walton Francis Why a New Public Plan Will Not Improve American Health Care

    A sticking point in crafting major national health care reform legislation, according to media accounts, is whether or not Congress should create a new "pub­lic" plan as an alternative to private insurance plans. The role of a public plan has become something of a litmus test in the debate over reform. The Washington Post correctly says the "fixation on a public…

  • Executive Summary posted May 5, 2009 by Walton Francis Executive Summary: Why a New Public Plan Will Not Improve American Health Care

    A sticking point in crafting major national health care reform legislation, according to media accounts, is whether or not Congress should create a new "public plan" as an alternative in competition with private insurance plans. The role of a public plan has become something of a litmus test in the debate over reform. The Washington Post correctly says the…

  • Lecture posted January 22, 2007 by Honorable Alex M. Azar II, Thomas P. Miller, David B. Kendall, Walton Francis Transparency in Health Care: What Consumers Need to Know

    Delivered on October 3, 2006 The Honorable Alex M. Azar II: I'm de­lighted to be here to talk with you about what the President and Secretary Mike Leavitt are doing to transform our health care system. America has the greatest health care in the world. We have the best hospitals, doctors, and researchers. We lead in the development of new medicines,…

  • Backgrounder posted August 7, 2003 by Walton Francis Using the Federal Employees' Model: Nine Tests for RationalMedicare Reform

    Congress faces a prominent and fundamental issue in deciding among Medicare reform options and alternatives. The choice is ultimately between two models--consumer choice or detailed legislative and bureaucratic control of benefit design, prices, and operational decisions. Outdated Political Centralization Today, the Medicare program is overwhelmingly statist.…

  • Backgrounder posted August 7, 2003 by Walton Francis The FEHBP as a Model for Medicare Reform: Separating Fact fromFiction

    Members of the House-Senate conference on Medicare legislation are deciding the future of the Medicare program. Section 241 of the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act, passed by the House of Representatives, attempts to create a reformed Medicare system in 2010. The Senate version does not seriously attempt to provide for a consumer-driven version of…

  • Executive Summary posted August 7, 2003 by Walton Francis Executive Summary: The FEHBP as a Model for Medicare Reform:Separating Fact from Fiction

    Members of the House-Senate conference on Medicare legislation are deciding the future of the Medicare program. On the issue of competition among health plans, there are significant differences between the House and Senate bills. Section 241 of the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act (H.R. 1), passed by the House of Representatives, attempts to…

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