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Medicare Drug Benefit Kept Its Promise, Must Improve

(77) Comments | Posted December 8, 2013 | 8:30 AM

While the Affordable Care Act continues to badly stumble out of the gate, it is instructive to look at the last major change to our health care system - the addition of a prescription drug benefit to the Medicare program.

Ten years ago (December 8), President Bush signed into law...

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State Based Health Exchanges Are Important

(7) Comments | Posted June 27, 2011 | 6:44 PM

I am writing to suggest that governors of both political parties have tremendous opportunity to use free market principles and set up health insurance exchanges which work and give constituents freedom of choice. There is a lot of discussion about health insurance exchanges as it relates to President Obama's Affordable...

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Medicare Debate Can't Only Be About Cuts

(45) Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 3:22 PM

Two weeks ago, Gov. Thompson wrote an opinion piece on reforming Medicare incentives and suggested a capitated environment as a potential solution. In this piece, Gov. Thompson joined with Don Crane, president and CEO of the California Association of Physicians Group (CAPG) in discussing California's experience with a...

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Reform Medicare, Don't Cut It

(267) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 12:28 PM

If our nation keeps spending at its current rate, there is no question that we'll go broke (and soon). Against the backdrop of rising deficits, stagnant consumer confidence and an economy struggling to regain its footing following the worst downturn since the Great Depression, America's near-term economic prospects remain unclear....

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Health Diplomacy Is Critical to U.S. Foreign Policy

(20) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 9:32 AM

Members of the 112th Congress began their work with no shortage of urgent foreign policy issues. Among them are ongoing war, increased tensions with Iran and North Korea, and escalating threats of terrorism. As policymakers address these issues, I encourage them to consider the vital role of health diplomacy in...

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A Business Lesson for Health Care Reform

(43) Comments | Posted October 13, 2009 | 7:02 PM

In the often contentious but vital debate over health care reform, one issue unites patients, doctors, business owners and workers alike: the need to reduce how much Americans pay for the care they receive.

As our nation's population ages, staggering increases in the cost of providing health care threatens...

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What Needs to Be Done

(59) Comments | Posted September 8, 2009 | 2:50 PM

As Congress returns to Washington, the health reform debate enters its most critical phase. After a "summer of discontent" revealing concern among many Americans for what is being proposed, President Obama seems to have lost the momentum that he had before the August recess. His plan to address Congress is...

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