Health Care and Patient Rights

  With every passing week, I hear another story of patient rights being trampled on—someone who got medical care that they didn’t want and/or didn’t need.  This, despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, repeatedly, that patient … [Continue reading]

A Night at the Caucus

    For those of you unlucky enough to live outside of Iowa, I thought I’d share my experience of the 2016 Iowa Democratic Caucus. To set the stage, imagine the gym of a local middle school, with royal blue bleachers … nowhere … [Continue reading]

Health Care – Insurance 101

  Given the recurring debate over a private market vs. a single (government) payer for health insurance, I thought it might be helpful to review a few basics of the insurance business. What follows borrows from an essay by Frank J. Lysy, … [Continue reading]

A Market Model for Health Care

  On January 6th, the House and Senate passed a bill to repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  While several Republicans have proposed “market-based” alternatives to the ACA, none of them had sufficient support to be a feasible … [Continue reading]