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The Oregon Health Experiment: Does It All Boil Down to An Air Conditioner?

When it comes to the healthcare debate, Governor John Kitzhber of Oregon loves to tell a story about an air conditioner:

As it turns out, I have heard the air-conditioner story. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) loves to tell the air-conditioner story. He loves to tell it so much, in fact, that it has become . . . → Read More: The Oregon Health Experiment: Does It All Boil Down to An Air Conditioner?

Is a Single-Payer System Still on the Table?

Just a reminder that some folks are still trying to keep the single-payer dream alive:

Wes Brain was uninsured last winter when a tonsillectomy showed signs of throat cancer. He qualified for the high-risk Oregon Medical Insurance Pool, which the state has administered through Regence BlueCross BlueShield.

But gaining access to that insurance soon proved . . . → Read More: Is a Single-Payer System Still on the Table?

Could Public Health Insurance Rates Force Prices Downward?

What’s going on in Oregon would seem to indicate so,,,,

Maybe competition among health insurance plans can lead to lower rates.

As soon as Oregon this week became the fourth state to publicly list health insurers’ proposed 2014 rates for individual and small group coverage, two plans moved to cut their suggested prices, the Oregonian . . . → Read More: Could Public Health Insurance Rates Force Prices Downward?

12 Year-Old Writes to Romney About Pre-Existing Conditions

Really.

Although Gov. Mitt Romney has largely confounded the media while trying to sway voters over to his increasingly difficult to pinpoint health care plan, his comments are not evading one 12-year-old Coloradan.

Last week Jackson Ripley was watching political news coverage with his mom about pre-existing health care when he suddenly got up and . . . → Read More: 12 Year-Old Writes to Romney About Pre-Existing Conditions

How Do Small Businesses Really Feel About the Affordable Care Act?

Interesting blog in The New York Times on how some small businesses are feeling about the Affordable Care Act. Kurt Summers is a member of the board of The National Federation of Independent Businesses which brought the legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act:

The Supreme Court decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act . . . → Read More: How Do Small Businesses Really Feel About the Affordable Care Act?

China to Reform Health Insurance So Families Don’t “Lose Everything”

Sound familiar?

China will expand national health coverage by roping in private insurers and include more major diseases, as it seeks to close the mortality gap between rural and urban residents while trying to contain costs.

“I’ve personally seen as a doctor how, under a system of inadequate health insurance, patients’ families can lose everything . . . → Read More: China to Reform Health Insurance So Families Don’t “Lose Everything”

Is the Maine Free-Market Health Care Experiment a Model for the Country?

Maine’s been conducting a free-market experiment in healthcare. We like to think about it as a small laboratory for the argument that reduced regulation will result in a more efficient, less expensive healthcare system which is what we all want.

Unfortunately, the results so far are decidedly mixed at best:

When newly elected Republican . . . → Read More: Is the Maine Free-Market Health Care Experiment a Model for the Country?

More Young Adults Get Health Insurance in 2011, Study Says

The economy may still be sluggish, but this is one small, bright spot for young adults, many of whom are still trying to find work with health insurance benefits:

The share of young adults without health insurance fell by one-sixth in 2011 from the previous year, the largest annual decline for any age group since . . . → Read More: More Young Adults Get Health Insurance in 2011, Study Says

“Show Me The Health Insurance Rebate Money!”

Health insurers may be paying out $1.3 billion (with a “b”!) in rebates this year, but we’re hearing that an awful lot of folks are still waiting on rebates and wondering, where’s the money. If you’re one, you’re not alone.

Under Obamacare, health insurers must spend 80 to 85 cents of every health insurance premium . . . → Read More: “Show Me The Health Insurance Rebate Money!”

Could Ann Romney Get Health Insurance on her Own With Her Pre-Existing Condition?

If you’ve been following the raging debate over whether Mitt Romney left Bain Capital in 1999 or afterwards, you might find this piece by David Callahan in The Huffington Post interesting. Callahan speculates that Romney may be stayed with Bain Capital not for himself, but for his wife Ann Romney:

Ann Romney became ill with . . . → Read More: Could Ann Romney Get Health Insurance on her Own With Her Pre-Existing Condition?