Author Archives: John McDonough

About John McDonough

I offer insights and opinions on how to improve health care systems for everyone

MassHealth’s New World of ACOs — and a Mighty Upstart

[I wrote this commentary for the spring issue of Commonwealth Magazine.  I am watching the new crop of 17 Accountable Care Organizations — ACOs — with great interest.  This is a nationally important demonstration that also holds risks for the … Continue reading

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Looking Back on the Desegregation of U.S. Hospitals in 1966

[Last summer, I wrote the following review of  The Power to Heal: Civil Rights, Medicare, and the Struggle to Transform America’s Health Care System by David Barton Smith.  The review just came out in The Common Reader.  I still think … Continue reading

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Mad About States

[This column was just published on the website of the Milbank Quarterly.] A consistent theme in 2017 Republican Congressional efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the intent to empower the 50 states to use federal … Continue reading

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Pray for the Dead and Fight like Hell for the Living.

[The Washington Post’s Health 202 Column offered a set of “eulogies” on the fate of the ACA’s individual mandate — the mandate penalty was reduced to zero by the Republican’s newly approved tax-cut legislation.  I had the last word…]  … … Continue reading

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The Republican Tax Cut’s Silver Linings Playbook

[I’ve been super busy this fall and unable to keep up with writing about the ACA.  I’m back in the saddle and here I go again.  This commentary was just published on the Commonwealth Magazine website.] A CORE TENET of … Continue reading

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Questions for New Single Payer Advocates

[This commentary was posted by the Milbank Quarterly this week.] Seeing, hearing, reading, and feeling the new grassroots ferment among progressive Americans for a single-payer health care system, my gut reaction is: I get it. As newly documented in Elizabeth … Continue reading

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A Bipartisan “What’s Next” for U.S. Health Reform

[This past week, I was one of the co-authors of a consensus policy paper on short-term steps that would stabilize the ACA health insurance marketplaces and address some other urgent health policy priorities such as reauthorization of the Childrens Health … Continue reading

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Why the Republican Repeal and Replace Plan Collapsed — and Cautions for Dems

[This commentary appeared on July 18 on the WBUR blog page called Cognoscenti.] As the nation considers the utter collapse of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), advanced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), … Continue reading

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5 Takeaways from Baker’s New Health Reform

[This commentary was published on June 24 on the Commonwealth Magazine website.] PHASE 2 OF THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION’S ambitious health reform agenda emerged this past week.  It contains good and smart proposals – and worrisome ones needing attention. Phase 1 … Continue reading

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Finding Health Reform Principles across Party Lines

[This op-ed appeared in today’s Wall Street Journal and was composed by 8 health care experts from across the right-left political divide: Sara Rosenbaum, Gail Wilensky, Ron Pollack, Lanhee Chen, John McDonough, Grace-Marie Turner, Stuart Butler and Joe Antos. [The … Continue reading

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