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Cost Shifting

Pay, But Negotiate

Dr. Andrew Agwunobi | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Agwunobi

"Reverse cost shifting" is a perverse and often financially devastating byproduct of an overly complicated hospital payment system in which different payers have different levels of information.

Three Reasons Why Medicare Cost-Shifting Is the Wrong Solution

Joe Baker | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Joe Baker

The president opened last week's State of the Union address calling for "modest" changes to contain Medicare costs. Yet, there is little consensus among lawmakers on what to do about Medicare. As this discussion unfolds, Congress must remember three key Medicare facts.

Who Really Pays for Smoking?

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Dr. Daniel Seidman

Industries that sell products shown to make people sick when used as directed should be held accountable for their true economic and human costs.

Responding to Romney's Op-Ed on Abolishing the Affordable Care Act, and His "Alternative"

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

On the second anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, Mitt Romney penned an op-ed for USA Today. One must respond immediately, because Mitt may Etch-a-Sketch himself to a different position before this is published.

The Simple Answer to the "Individual Mandate" Question

Paul Abrams | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Now that the Obama administration has decided to appeal directly to the Supreme Court, the question is front-and-center.

The "Individual Mandate" and the Constitution -- Purely a Matter of Timing.

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The 2012 elections will propel the merits of the individual mandate cases to the forefront of our political dialogue for at least the next 14 months, it is worth removing the smoke and noise from the constitutional argument so that everyone can clearly identify the issue.