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Single Payer Alive and Well in Massachusetts

Single Payer Alive and Well in Massachusetts

Donald Berwick ran a campaign for governor of Massachusetts (home of Romneycare the model for the Affordable Care Act) on a single payer platform.  Previously he ran the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services in the Department of Health and Human Services.  He ran against better funded candidates State Attorney General Martha Coakley (who had […]

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Health Insurance and Mortality, Part 2

Health Insurance and Mortality, Part 2

Please read Part 1 of this post before continuing. Not surprisingly, there have been several criticisms of the Sommers, Long and Baicker study. Here are the main ones I’ve been able to identify so far, and my comments on each. It’s too good to be true. The New York Times reports that experts are “skeptical of the magnitude and suddenness of the […]

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Health Insurance and Mortality, Part 1

Health Insurance and Mortality, Part 1

In 2006, Massachusetts implemented the country’s first comprehensive health care reform (“Romneycare”). It made health insurance mandatory for nearly all citizens, expanded Medicaid to cover people earning up to 150% of the federal poverty level (FPL), and provided health insurance subsidies for people with incomes up to 300% of FPL. It became the structural model for the […]

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