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The Real Death Panel in Obamacare? How About the GOP?

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

The GOP constantly excoriates liberals and Democrats for their welfare state fantasies because, Republicans insist, there is no such thing as a "free lunch" and that leftists don't understand that life involves hard choices. But the irony here is that Obamacare, for all its flaws, actually recognizes this.

What One Washington Could Learn From the Other About Reducing Health Care Spending

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Health policy experts have long contended that one of the key reasons the Medicare program will eventually run out of money is because of the outsized influence lobbyists for health special interests have in Washington.

Formula for Abuse of Power

Ken Blackwell | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

John F. Kennedy as a candidate liked to tweak his opponent, Richard Nixon. When the Wall Street Journal criticized Republican Nixon, Kennedy jumped on...

IPAB Shifts Costs and May Negatively Affect Patient Access

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

Since there is no comprehensive care coordination in traditional Medicare, rates of preventable use of services are high and provide a ripe target for reforms that the IPAB cannot address.

Unlikely Prescription for Medicare's Fiscal Woes

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

This is exactly how it works with many of the hundreds of mini-IPABs operating today across the health insurance industry, in secret. No drug reps, no boondoggles, no contact with industry. Huh?

Polling the ACA

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

In terms of public opinion, then, I think you get less insight from a poll question behind the headline -- "do you approve or disapprove of the health care law that was enacted in 2010?" -- than from specific, immediately understandable parts of the bill.

House Votes To Repeal Key Part Of Health Care Reform

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House Republicans resurrected the specter of Medicare rationing Thursday in an election-year vote to repeal cost controls in Presid...

Sam Stein

Romney Campaign Uses 'Mediscare' Tactics | Sam Stein | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign and a like-minded conservative group launched seemingly uncoordinated but highly tellin...

The Democratization of Health Care: The Independent Payment Advisory Board

Gary Puckrein | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics
Gary Puckrein

The health care reform initiative undertaken by President Obama and Congress has taken a good first step in addressing the financial inequities that have kept some consumers out of the health care market. Much more needs to be done.

The Useless Supercommittee

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

One of the reasons why Congress has been largely unable to make the American health care system more efficient and equitable is because of the stranglehold lobbyists for special interests have on the institution.

Reasoning, Not Rhetoric, Key to Charting a New Path Forward for HIV/AIDS Treatment

David Mixner | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics
David Mixner

It's time that the HIV/AIDS community join with supporters and adversaries alike by creating our own priorities in treating and curing this horrific disease.

IPAB: Beyond Repeal

William Pierce | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
William Pierce

Tasked with developing specific proposals to reduce the growth in Medicare, the Independent Payment Advisory Board has become the latest target in the ongoing political struggle.

The Independent Payment Advisory Board Could Be Obama's Achilles' Heel

Doug Schoen | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Schoen

It would be to President Obama's long-term political advantage to give his fellow Democrats subtle signals that they can act to repeal IPAB, killing a "mistake" that serves no purpose except to chop Medicare budgets.

We Won't Be Fooled Again: Yes, an Independent Panel to Control Health Care Costs!

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a brilliant solution for controlling health care costs while protecting Medicare. The Independent Payment Advis...

Death Panels Real and Imagined

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The closest thing to real death panels that operate in this country are not run by a bunch of government bureaucrats but by a bunch of corporate bureaucrats who work deep inside U.S. insurance companies.

Medicare Must Remain a Responsibility of Congress

Dick Gephardt | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Dick Gephardt

As is the case with any legislation, there is room for improvement in the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, we should eliminate the IPAB, a board of unelected officials responsible for making cuts to Medicare.

Health Care: Fighting Common Sense With Dogma

Gary Liberson, PhD | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics
Gary Liberson, PhD

You can't look at a paper without some politician sermonizing on how we spend too much on health care. The question is: Can we reduce the cost of getting sick or, better yet, reduce the likelihood of illness?

Why Does (Almost) Everyone Hate the IPAB?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

The IPAB is the Independent Payment Advisory Board established in the health reform bill to help keep Medicare spending under control. Sounds good, right? Here's why so many groups fear its power.

HIV/AIDS: We Need A Seat At The Table In Health Care Debate

David Mixner | Posted 06.05.2011 | Home
David Mixner

People with HIV/AIDS have earned a place at the table. We should now pull back that chair and sit at it and protect our three decades of advances.

A Crossroads for the Chronically Ill

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kenneth Thorpe

As lawmakers prepare for a new congressional session, attention is once again falling on whether and how to fix the recently-passed health reform law....

HIV/AIDS: The Best of Times and the Worst of Times

David Mixner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Mixner

Over the past three decades, HIV/AIDS has had a way of taunting us with progress and then reminding us of its immense devastation. Even in the early ...