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How Medicare -- and health-care reform -- help with 'job-lock'

One of the theoretical problems with our health-care system is that it discourages entrepreneurship. We get health care at a subsidized rate, with no discrimination for preexisting conditions, from our employers. But if we leave our jobs, we lose that...

By Ezra Klein  | February 25, 2011; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Health Economics  
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Health-insurance industry: Still not that profitable

The health-care sector is absurdly profitable. According to this data at Yahoo Finance, the sector-wide profit margin is 21.5 percent. But the insurance industry is one of its least-profitable parts: Its profit margin is at 4.54 percent. Hospitals are also...

By Ezra Klein  | February 24, 2011; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Health Economics  
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The problem is not MedicareandMedicaid. It's health care.

Paul Krugman has a line I like. "There is no such program," he says, "as Socialsecuritymedicareandmedicaid." When we talk about entitlement spending -- which I do fairly often -- we group together two separate and very different spending problems....

By Ezra Klein  | February 16, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Health Economics  
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Greg Mankiw's thinking cap

There's an interesting mixture of callousness and accidental truth lurking within Greg Mankiw's satirical proposal to reduce the budget deficit: The essence of the plan is the federal government writing me a check for $1 billion. The plan will be...

By Ezra Klein  | January 20, 2011; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Health Economics  
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A very bad year for health-care spending

Spending on health care only grew by 4 percent in 2009. That's less growth than we've seen in a half-century! Hurrah and huzzah? A silver lining in an otherwise grim year? Well, not quite: When looking at health-care spending, you've...

By Ezra Klein  | January 6, 2011; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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What happens when Medicare controls costs too well

There's one school of thought that says Congress is incapable of controlling costs in Medicare, and then there's, well, this: Want an appointment with kidney specialist Adam Weinstein of Easton, Md.? If you're a senior covered by Medicare, the wait...

By Ezra Klein  | November 29, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Health Economics, Medicare  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Four budget calculators, one story, Ezra Klein , November 15, 2010
Why health care is different, Ezra Klein , August 31, 2010
The economics of dying in one graph, Ezra Klein , July 19, 2010
Is health care becoming cheaper over time?, Ezra Klein , June 22, 2010
Life matters!, Ezra Klein , June 18, 2010
Who is the New York Times 'strafing'?, Ezra Klein , June 3, 2010
The big business pushback against health reform, Washington Post Editors , April 1, 2010
How a dumb idea becomes a law, Ezra Klein , February 12, 2010
Whether vs. where, Ezra Klein , February 5, 2010
The excise tax and its critics, Ezra Klein , January 7, 2010
In health care, more is not always better, Ezra Klein , December 30, 2009
Cost control opportunities galore, Ezra Klein , November 25, 2009
In a world with a broken Congress ..., Ezra Klein , November 9, 2009
Can Congress control costs?, Ezra Klein , November 6, 2009
The progressive case for the excise tax, Ezra Klein , November 5, 2009
A pessimistic thought on the exchanges, Ezra Klein , November 2, 2009
If Best Buy sold health care ..., Ezra Klein , November 2, 2009
Explaining the excise tax: part 2, Ezra Klein , October 20, 2009
Explaining the excise tax, Ezra Klein , October 20, 2009
Putting Hospitals on a Diet, Ezra Klein , October 14, 2009
Estimating the Excise Tax, Ezra Klein , October 13, 2009
Are Hospitals Extremely Nice to Insurers?, Ezra Klein , October 13, 2009
Ignoring Innovation, Ezra Klein , September 17, 2009
War of the Wonks, Ezra Klein , September 15, 2009
Obama's Trigger: An Interview With Judy Feder, Ezra Klein , September 11, 2009
Touching the Stove, Ezra Klein , September 4, 2009
Hard Decisions, Ezra Klein , September 2, 2009
What Will the Market Think?, Ezra Klein , September 1, 2009
Is the Deficit Being Used as a Distraction?, Ezra Klein , August 27, 2009
Curves, Ezra Klein , August 3, 2009
Cost Control in France, Ezra Klein , July 27, 2009
The Question of Innovation, Ezra Klein , July 15, 2009
Obesity and Health-Care Costs, Ezra Klein , July 10, 2009
A Question of Priorities, Ezra Klein , June 26, 2009
A Problem Unique to Private Medicine?, Ezra Klein , June 22, 2009
That 1.5 Percent, Ezra Klein , June 3, 2009
Will Unions Kill Health Care Reform?, Ezra Klein , May 28, 2009
How the Public Hurts Health Care Reform, Ezra Klein , May 27, 2009
Atul Gawande on American Health Care, Ezra Klein , May 27, 2009
Health Care Cost Fallacies, Ezra Klein , May 18, 2009
 
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