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Bush Health Reform Proposals: Tax Deductibility of Health Insurance and New Grants, Flexibility for States

President Bush has joined the health reform debate with a proposal of his own. The Bush approach is as intriguing as it is controversial. First, the Administration seeks to reform the federal tax code to change the tax treatment of health insurance premiums and offer new tax deductions to help make coverage more affordable. Second, the White House wants to...

Medicare Prospective Payment System: Role in Changing U.S. Health Care System

  When asked about health care innovations, especially practices directed at controlling costs, most policymakers and wonks point to private sector solutions, such as the cost-constraining effects of HMOs in the 1990's or today's ideation of consumer-directed health plans. But is this conventional wisdom wrong? What about public sector health policies, most notably in Medicare or Medicaid? In a fascinating new...

Medicare Drug Prices: Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2007

With sound, furry, and a fair quota of sound bites and photo opps, House Democrats are pushing for quick adoption of H.R. 4, the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2007. The bill would require the Secretary of HHS to negotiate with pharmaceutical manufacturers on drug prices in Medicare Part D. As I explained in an earlier post, federal...

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