Category Archives: Healthcare

Labor costs or corporate transfer payments?

The headline article on Bloomberg.com today has what must be (for Wall Street) a disturbing headline: Productivity in U.S. Cools as Labor Costs Jump The productivity of U.S. workers rose at a slower pace in the fourth quarter and labor … Continue reading

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More risk-shifting: the Blunt proposal

Roy Blunt’s attempt to empower employers to deny any kind of health coverage based on a so-called conscience objective is typically framed as an extension of the religion-driven debate over coverage for contraception. Adam Serwer in MoJo has a good … Continue reading

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A dispatch from the private health insurance market

Since most people in the US with insurance are covered under group plans and have absolutely no idea how bad the individual market actually is, I thought I would offer a brief view since I’m dealing with it at the … Continue reading

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More on health care

Hardly earth-shattering, but I thought it would be interesting to look at coverage rates for private and government-sponsored health care over the same time period as the Milliman report quoted by Reinhardt. It’s not obvious right away because of the … Continue reading

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What privately managed Medicare would look like

Uwe Reinhardt has an excellent Economix column today which includes data from a recent survey of health care costs. The nice thing about the data is that it includes both premiums as well as out-of-pocket expenses, giving a fuller picture … Continue reading

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