Health Care

Commentary

HHS Devises Another Strategy for Health Information Technology

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has released a plan to “coordinate the federal government’s health IT efforts, which seek to achieve nationwide implementation of an interoperable health IT infrastructure throughout both the public ...
Commentary

Rhode Island Governor Offers Proposal for Consumer-Driven Medicaid Overhaul

Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri (R) has offered a proposal to save taxpayers $67 million by overhauling Rite Care, the state’s Medicaid program. Under the proposal, details of which are still being worked out between the state legislature and the Department of Human Services, Rhode Island would agree to a ...
Health Care

AHIP Cedes Initiative to Government in Health Care Overhaul Proposal

Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a trade association representing more than 1,300 health insurance providers, has offered a proposal it says could help the United States reduce total spending on health care by more than $145 billion in the next decade while improving quality. Experts acknowledge the association’s insight into the ...
Commentary

Another Health Care Poll: Surprising Results, Predictable Press Release

John Goodman, PhD, has dissected a national survey by the Center for Studying Health System Change, which shows (despite CHSHC’s “spin”) that the share of uninsured Americans concerned with the cost of their health care has decreased slightly from 2003 to 2007. However, both uninsured and insured patients are more ...
Commentary

Congressional Task Force Seeks to Regulate Health Care

U.S. Sens. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Judd Gregg (R-NH) are creating a bipartisan task force of White House and Congressional officials that will meet through the end of the year to consider legislative ways to lower health care costs; address the long-term funding issues affecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; ...
Business & Economics

Impact – July 2008

PRI Ideas in Action – July 2008 Policy Update and Monthly Impact Report PRI continues to impact public policy in California, the nation, and abroad. Click below to view PRI’s recent contributions.
California

Will Another California “Safety Net” Hospital Shut Down?

I have written a lot about the collapse of Los Angeles’ Martin Luther King, Jr-Harbor Hospital, a hospital almost totally dependent on government funding and under government control. Now, it looks like the same tragic story may be spooling out in San Diego County, where Sharp Grossmont Hospital is at ...
Commentary

Obama plan doesn’t promise health care reform

Sen. Barack Obama has promised to “turn the page on the failed politics of yesterday’s health care debates.” He’s right to call for a new approach to healthcare reform. What he’s offered thus far, however, is a government-heavy solution that’s all-too-similar to the tired proposals of yesteryear. The centerpiece of ...
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Making It Harder for Smokers to Get Affordable Health Care

I’ve spilled a lot of virtual ink on San Francisco’s tax-hiking proposal for so-called “universal” health care, the Healthy Access Plan. But driving up costs for small business is hardly the only mischief that the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, and public health supremos are working on. How’s this one? According ...
Commentary

A fight to the finish: McCain vs. Obama on health care

If you’re a member of Congress, you get exceptional health care coverage. In fact, Barack Obama likes his Senate plan so much he’d like everyone to have it. The only catch is, if we all had the generous coverage Congress enjoys, the American economy would have an instant heart attack. ...
Commentary

HHS Devises Another Strategy for Health Information Technology

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has released a plan to “coordinate the federal government’s health IT efforts, which seek to achieve nationwide implementation of an interoperable health IT infrastructure throughout both the public ...
Commentary

Rhode Island Governor Offers Proposal for Consumer-Driven Medicaid Overhaul

Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri (R) has offered a proposal to save taxpayers $67 million by overhauling Rite Care, the state’s Medicaid program. Under the proposal, details of which are still being worked out between the state legislature and the Department of Human Services, Rhode Island would agree to a ...
Health Care

AHIP Cedes Initiative to Government in Health Care Overhaul Proposal

Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a trade association representing more than 1,300 health insurance providers, has offered a proposal it says could help the United States reduce total spending on health care by more than $145 billion in the next decade while improving quality. Experts acknowledge the association’s insight into the ...
Commentary

Another Health Care Poll: Surprising Results, Predictable Press Release

John Goodman, PhD, has dissected a national survey by the Center for Studying Health System Change, which shows (despite CHSHC’s “spin”) that the share of uninsured Americans concerned with the cost of their health care has decreased slightly from 2003 to 2007. However, both uninsured and insured patients are more ...
Commentary

Congressional Task Force Seeks to Regulate Health Care

U.S. Sens. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Judd Gregg (R-NH) are creating a bipartisan task force of White House and Congressional officials that will meet through the end of the year to consider legislative ways to lower health care costs; address the long-term funding issues affecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; ...
Business & Economics

Impact – July 2008

PRI Ideas in Action – July 2008 Policy Update and Monthly Impact Report PRI continues to impact public policy in California, the nation, and abroad. Click below to view PRI’s recent contributions.
California

Will Another California “Safety Net” Hospital Shut Down?

I have written a lot about the collapse of Los Angeles’ Martin Luther King, Jr-Harbor Hospital, a hospital almost totally dependent on government funding and under government control. Now, it looks like the same tragic story may be spooling out in San Diego County, where Sharp Grossmont Hospital is at ...
Commentary

Obama plan doesn’t promise health care reform

Sen. Barack Obama has promised to “turn the page on the failed politics of yesterday’s health care debates.” He’s right to call for a new approach to healthcare reform. What he’s offered thus far, however, is a government-heavy solution that’s all-too-similar to the tired proposals of yesteryear. The centerpiece of ...
Commentary

Making It Harder for Smokers to Get Affordable Health Care

I’ve spilled a lot of virtual ink on San Francisco’s tax-hiking proposal for so-called “universal” health care, the Healthy Access Plan. But driving up costs for small business is hardly the only mischief that the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, and public health supremos are working on. How’s this one? According ...
Commentary

A fight to the finish: McCain vs. Obama on health care

If you’re a member of Congress, you get exceptional health care coverage. In fact, Barack Obama likes his Senate plan so much he’d like everyone to have it. The only catch is, if we all had the generous coverage Congress enjoys, the American economy would have an instant heart attack. ...
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