Category Archives: Health Stew

Revisiting the Land of the Individual Mandate

[This new commentary was just published by the Milbank Quarterly.] The years 2013 through 2016 were excruciating for the Massachusetts Health Connector. In 2013, the Connector was among the nation’s most troubled federal/state health insurance exchanges, as it endured an … Continue reading

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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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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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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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The State of Play in the US Senate

[This commentary was just published in the May 31st New England Journal of Medicine.] The acid test of any nation’s health care reform happens with a change in national administration. Only when a president or minister who instigated reform departs … Continue reading

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