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August 07, 2013 12:13 PM Why Medicare Fixes Will Lead to More Hospital Mergers

Improving the U.S. health-care system requires encouraging low-value doctors and hospitals to practice as well as high-value ones do. The gap between the two is wide, but that only shows how much room we have for improvement. Costs vary wildly...

By Peter Orszag

July 31, 2013 11:10 AM Critics Are Wrong About the Medicare Payment Board

For Medicare, this has been a summer of good and bad news. On one hand, the program’s costs continue to rise remarkably slowly. So far this fiscal year, they have gone up by only 2.7 percent in nominal terms, the...

By Peter Orszag

April 10, 2013 9:39 AM Why Medicare Reform Hasn’t Worked

Nicholas Bagley’s “Bedside Bureaucrats: Why Medicare Reform Hasn’t Worked” (PDF) is a well-reasoned critique of the program and the Affordable Care Act’s reform of it. The premise establishes the fundamental tension: By culture and politics, in the U.S. we, by...

By Austin Frakt

April 01, 2013 10:02 AM That Quote Doesn't Mean What Liz Cheney Thinks it Means

Jon Chait beat me to this. I don’t care. I’ve have a ridiculously busy morning, and I want to point it out, too.Liz Cheney has an op-ed in the WSJ today on how if Republicans don’t act, and soon, to...

By Aaron Carroll

February 28, 2013 8:24 AM Raising the Medicare Age Induces a Cost Shift

Adrianna McIntyre sounds a familiar theme, but in a new context. [Moving] 65-70 year olds from Medicare into private insurance populations will make those [private insurance] populations, in the aggregate, more expensive. Some of these people are bound to end...

By Austin Frakt