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  • WebMemo posted November 5, 2009 by Greg D'Angelo, Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Doing Health Care Reform Right: The Empowering Patients First Act

    Congress is in the final phase of debating one of the most consequential issues before the nation: reform of the health care system. Congressional decisions on health care will directly affect the lives of 300 million Americans. Congressman Tom Price (R-GA), chairman of the Republican Study Committee and a practicing physician for nearly 25 years before coming to…

  • Backgrounder posted November 2, 2009 by Greg D'Angelo How Many Americans Could End Up on the Public Health Plan? A Look at the Estimates

    Abstract: Congress will soon vote on massive health care legislation--and on the amount of power the federal government will have over the entire U.S. health care sector. Many economists, politicians, and American citizens want to know: How many people could lose their current health insurance and end up on the so-called public option, a new government-run health plan?…

  • WebMemo posted October 28, 2009 by Greg D'Angelo, Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Health Care Reform: Rational Alternatives to the Congressional Leadership Bills

    The President and congressional leaders are wedded to the "Big Bang" approach to health care legislation, ultimately overhauling one-sixth of the American economy through one giant, 1,000-plus-page bill. Notwithstanding rhetoric to the contrary, the President and the congressional leadership are not apparently interested in even discussing any health policy…

  • WebMemo posted October 9, 2009 by Greg D'Angelo Congress's Health Care Reform Bills: The Unknown Costs

    All five of the congressional committees charged with drafting health care legislation have completed their plans. The congressional leadership will soon consolidate these measures into single pieces of legislation for their respective bodies, and floor votes in both the House and Senate are expected soon. What is yet unknown is the true cost of these bills.…

  • WebMemo posted July 1, 2009 by Greg D'Angelo, Rea S. Hederman, Jr., Paul L. Winfree How Reforms to the Tax Treatment of Health Insurance Benefit the Middle Class

    Health economists have long considered changing the tax treatment of health insurance a key component of any serious health care reform. A relic of the World War II era, the federal tax code currently excludes, without limit, the value of employer-sponsored health insurance from an individual's taxable income for the purposes of both income and payroll taxes. This…

  • Play Movie Greg D'Angelo on CNN Newsource TV 6/12/09 Video Recorded on June 12, 2009 Greg D'Angelo on CNN Newsource TV 6/12/09

    Greg D'Angelo discusses Obama's healthcare.…

  • WebMemo posted May 13, 2009 by Greg D'Angelo, Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Time to Get Serious (Again) About Medicare Reform

    The Medicare Trustees have released the annual report on the financial status of the Medicare program.[1] The Washington Post's front page headline on the report warns of a "Medicare Collapse."[2] The basic facts are simple and dramatic: Medicare has an unfunded liability of almost $38 trillion; Medicare's hospital insurance trust fund will become…

  • WebMemo posted March 16, 2009 by Greg D'Angelo, Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Health Care Reform: Changing the Tax Treatment of Health Insurance

    Leading Members of Congress and certain officials in the Obama Administration are reportedly considering changes to the federal tax treatment of health insurance as a means of financing health reform.[1] If there is one area in health policy where there is a powerful consensus among serious analysts, conservative and liberal alike, it is the need to change the…

  • WebMemo posted January 26, 2009 by Paul L. Winfree, Greg D'Angelo The New SCHIP Bill: The Senate Must Protect Private Coverage

    The United States Senate will soon consider legislation to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Its decisions on that legislation will have a major impact on the private health insurance coverage of millions of American children. The House of Representatives recently passed a major SCHIP expansion and removed any provision…

  • WebMemo posted October 24, 2008 by Greg D'Angelo, Paul L. Winfree The Obama Health Care Plan: A Closer Look at Cost and Coverage

    Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) has put forth an ambitious health care plan.[1] The plan proposes: Expanding eligibility for existing public programs, including both Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP); Creating a National Health Insurance Exchange to serve as a federal regulator of private insurance…

  • WebMemo posted October 24, 2008 by Greg D'Angelo, Paul L. Winfree The McCain Health Care Plan: A Closer Look at Cost and Coverage

    Presidential candidate Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has put forth an ambitious health care plan.[1]The plan proposes: Replacing the current income tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health insurance with refundable tax credits; Enabling individuals and families to purchase health insurance across state lines; and Providing federal assistance to states to…

  • Commentary posted September 15, 2008 by Greg D'Angelo Malpractice in Massachusetts: How Bay State Policy Undermines Health Reform

    Three years ago, faced with the prospect of losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Medicaid funding, Massachusetts made a deal with Washington. No longer would those funds go directly to two "safety net" hospitals with little transparency or accountability. The money - along with anticipated reductions in uncompensated care - would, instead, be redirected…

  • Commentary posted July 8, 2008 by Greg D'Angelo, Ryan Lynch Our health, ourselves<br>Yet feds have HSAs under the knife

    To get a clearer picture of the competing visions for health-care reform, Americans need look no further than the surgery some in Congress want to perform on patient choice. The disagreement, in Washington as well as on the campaign trail, is about whether consumers ought to have more or less say in their own health care. Some pre-op background: As part of the…

  • WebMemo posted July 2, 2008 by Greg D'Angelo, Edmund F. Haislmaier Health Care Reform in Massachusetts: Medicaid Waiver Renewal WillSet a Precedent

    Federal and state officials are currently negotiating the terms and conditions for a renewal of the commonwealth's Medicaid 1115 demonstration "waiver." The current waiver extension expired on June 30, but federal officials agreed to a further two-week extension (until July 14) to allow additional time to complete the negotiations.[1] The last renewal of this…

  • Commentary posted April 7, 2008 by Greg D'Angelo Costs will skyrocket as bureaucrats exert control over private health insurance

    Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama is mostly right when he says, "The reason people don't have health insurance isn't because they don't want it, it's because they can't afford it." Unfortunately, the Illinois freshman senator's big government, bureaucratic reforms would only push health-care costs higher. Obama hopes to achieve universal coverage…