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J.D. Kleinke
J.D. Kleinke is a medical economist, former health care executive, and author. He has been instrumental in the creation of four health care information organizations, served on the Boards of several public and privately held health care companies, and advised both sides of the political aisle on pragmatic approaches to health policy and legislation. In 2012, he was as a Fellow of the American Enterprise Institute.

He has authored three books on the U.S. health care system, Bleeding Edge: The Business of Health Care in the New Century (1998), Oxymorons: The Myth of a US Health Care System (2001), and Catching Babies (2011). His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron’s, Health Affairs, JAMA, the British Medical Journal, Modern Healthcare, and Managed Healthcare.

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Entries by J.D. Kleinke Would Have Worked Better

(39) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 4:06 PM

Is this any way to build a railroad?

By now you've heard that the "Obamacare exchanges" did not launch on October 1 so much as stumble out into public view, barely able to crawl.

Three weeks later, the federal version -- "," which is actually the same exchange re-deployed 36...

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Pandora's Pillbox: Obamacare as Proxy Culture War

(5) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 12:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- Oral contraceptives may be small, but they are proving to be tough pills for a vast number of Americans to swallow.

Last week, the Sunlight Foundation reported that the contraception provisions of President Obama's health reform law garnered 147,000 comments from the public -- more than...

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Combat Medicine's 'Golden Hour' in Iraq, One Decade Later

(4) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 11:48 AM

WASHINGTON -- While the news swells this week with sad and angry retrospectives on the war in Iraq, it is worth noting that the tremendous human costs of that war would have been much greater, were it not for breakthroughs in combat medicine deployed for the first time on a...

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Oryancare. Obamacare for Seniors. Really.

(8) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 12:22 PM

This is how sexy the chatter gets over cocktails at health policy wonk-ins in Washington.

"No pre-ex's, community rating, guaranteed issue."

"No, that's Obamacare stuff," I said to my colleague, as she read a summary of Congressman Paul Ryan's House Republican budget plan released on Tuesday. "Everyone in...

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HIV Messenger Baby

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 2:50 PM


"Your baby did not die for nothing," Rebekah said, looking up at the monitor so Kim would not see her tears. "Your baby was a messenger to us."

This is how a friend who specializes in high-risk obstetrics attempts to comfort a grieving patient...

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An Obamacare Picture Worth 10,000 Words

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 1:36 PM

A seasoned colleague recently told me that some PowerPoint presentations have no power and make no point.

But sometimes, a picture really is worth a thousand words. Or maybe -- in the case of any meaningful discussion of health reform, thanks to its density and complexity -- it might be...

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Obamacare Obstructionism 2.0: Rooting for Implementation Failure

(8) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 1:49 PM

"Make it work."

This advice on health reform to Democrats earlier this month illustrates that President Clinton knows what the opponents of Obamacare also know: success is the best political revenge.

As the health reform law moves off the drawing board into the real world, its opponents are doing their...

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Unlikely Prescription for Medicare's Fiscal Woes

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 9:07 AM

How's this for a bitter pill?

For Republicans looking for cures for Medicare spending growth, one of the best places to look is one of their least favorites: in the legislative pharmacopeia that is Obamacare.

There are many things opponents of President Obama's health reform law detest, and topping the...

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Life Support and Taxes

(31) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 4:40 PM

If the devil is in the details, we got the motherlode this past week as to how the most incendiary part of President Obama's health reform will actually work when it launches next January.

The Department of Health and Human Services issued lengthy rules on the controversial individual mandate requiring...

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