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September 26, 2013 8:00 AM What's Slowing Health Costs?

A new set of projections released last week by Medicare’s actuaries has drawn much attention, in part because it suggests the deceleration in the growth of health costs we’ve seen over the past few years is ephemeral. The actuaries attribute...

By Peter Orszag

June 13, 2013 10:48 AM Obama Guesses His Way to Trillions in Health Savings

During his 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama relied on a standard applause line, a promise that his health-care plan would “lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year.” Cue cheers -- or jeers if you were...

By Ezra Klein

May 23, 2013 10:16 AM GDP vs Health Care Spending

I’ve written many times on how it’s rational for wealthier countries to spend more on health care than poorer countries. I’ve even graphed GDP vs health care spending to show this relationship. In this week’s NEJM, Victor Fuchs makes a...

By Aaron Carroll

April 24, 2013 8:37 AM How Are Those Obamacare Health Exchanges Going to Work?

We’re less than a year away from the implementation of the health insurance exchanges. No one knows exactly what will happen. Massachusetts remains our best predictor, though. A new study in Health Affairs* looks at how the exchanges in Massachusetts...

By Aaron Carroll

March 08, 2013 8:49 AM Privatized Medicaid Will Not Be Cheaper Than Real Medicaid

I’ve heard that there are folks who think that Arkansas’s plans to move the Medicaid expansion population onto the state’s Obamacare exchange will save money. Now, it is not completely out of the question that it could, on net, save...

By Austin Frakt