Debating the President’s Portsmouth pitch (part 20)

How many uninsured need additional help? Conclusion.
By |August 14th, 2009|health|20 Comments

Debating the President’s Portsmouth pitch (part 19)

Budgetary offsets and a tax increase proposal rejected months ago by Congress
By |August 14th, 2009|health|2 Comments

Debating the President’s Portsmouth pitch (part 18)

The President understates the annual cost of new health care spending by a factor of two.
By |August 13th, 2009|health|3 Comments

Debating the President’s Portsmouth pitch (part 14)

So much for the pharmaceutical industry's deal with the White House...
By |August 13th, 2009|health|1 Comment

Debating the President’s Portsmouth pitch (part 8)

The House bill would take Medicare savings need for Medicare solvency and spend them on a new entitlement.
By |August 13th, 2009|health|0 Comments

Debating the President’s Portsmouth pitch (part 3)

"Waiting in line"
By |August 12th, 2009|health|8 Comments

The President’s press conference: health

Is "paying for" a new health care entitlement good enough? Does the President have a plan to slow private sector health cost growth? Will everyone who wants to keep their health plan be able to do so? Are opponents of Kennedy-Dodd defenders of the status quo? Will private sector reforms offset an 11% expansion in federal health entitlement spending? Will a government option drive private insurers out of business? Is a government option negotiable for the President?
By |June 24th, 2009|budget, health|12 Comments

Demographics is a bigger problem than health care costs

The rapid growth of per capita health spending in the U.S. is a critical policy problem that needs to be addressed. It is not, however, the primary driver of our federal budget problems over the next 30-40 years. The aging of the population is. Policy changes need to address both pressures to prevent an eventual fiscal meltdown. We must not ignore demographics.
By |June 23rd, 2009|budget, economy, health, seniors, taxes|15 Comments

Director Orszag’s 10th year test and the health spending gap

The President and his Budget Director Peter Orszag argue they are being fiscally responsible when they support a massive new health entitlement. But combining Kennedy-Dodd with all of the President's proposed Medicare and Medicaid savings would make America's long-term entitlement spending problem much worse than under current law.
By |June 22nd, 2009|budget, health, taxes|16 Comments

Ten more things about the official Kennedy-Dodd health care bill

The Senate HELP Committee staff has filed an official copy of their draft legislation with the Senate clerk. A friend and I were discussing today two possible tactical scenarios:

The weekend leak forced the majority staff to release their official text as damage control. Under this scenario, filing the official copy is a damage mitigation strategy: […]

By |June 10th, 2009|budget, health, taxes|43 Comments