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Author Archives: Peter Jacobson

03.23.10

Atlas Shrugged—So Did Wall Street

By Peter Jacobson

The following post is one I’m afraid I’ll look back on and say, “What was I thinking?”! At a time when the right wing is in high dudgeon and many states, with Tea Party encouragement, are essentially fomenting massive civil disobedience against the health insurance reform legislation, I’m making a more positive (albeit contrarian) argument […]

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03.12.10

The Need for Health Care Regulatory Reform

By Peter Jacobson

The current health care regulatory system is a mess. Whatever its stated objectives, there is little evidence that it improves quality of care, provides cost-effective benefits to the public, or is a rational way of monitoring health care delivery. With the prospect of enacting significant reforms of the health insurance system and providing access for […]

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02.13.10

Who Killed Health Care Reform? The 2009-2010 Version

By Peter Jacobson

Several years ago, I wrote a satirical article called “Who Killed Managed Care: A Policy Whodunit.” I identified the usual suspects, insurers, anti-managed care advocates, physicians, attorneys, etc., and concluded that the cause of managed care’s demise was self-immolation. Sadly, since I’m a strong proponent of serious health care reform, it looks increasingly as though […]

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01.22.10

Health Reform in Peril

By Peter Jacobson

As a tenured professor, it is easy to take potshots at politicians for their failure to enact health insurance reform legislation. After all, I don’t face angry voters and the need to raise copious amounts of money just to be competitive (the latter made even more treacherous after yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance). […]

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12.30.09

Public Health and Health Reform: A Preliminary Scorecard

By Peter Jacobson

In this post, I offer my sense of how the House and Senate health reform bills compare on their public health provisions. Before submitting my scorecard so far, there are some programs/details not covered in my earlier posts (16 and 26 December) that should be mentioned. Clinics Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Both bills would […]

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12.26.09

Public Health and Health Reform: Comparing the House and Senate BIlls

By Peter Jacobson

In my last post (16 December 2009), I discussed the public health provisions in the Senate’s health reform legislation. Now that the Senate has enacted its bill, the two versions must be reconciled in conference. Most of the prevention and wellness provisions would achieve similar objectives, though the Senate version is more comprehensive. But there […]

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12.16.09

Public Health Provisions in the Health Reform Legislation

By Peter Jacobson

With the sturm und drang over the public option, extension of Medicare to those between 55 and 64, abortion coverage, cost controls, etc., in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, H.B. 3590, there has been scant attention to the Act’s public health provisions. In this post, I’ll take a preliminary look what the Act […]

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12.09.09

Health Courts: The Latest Fad or the Answer to Medical Liability Reform?

By Peter Jacobson

When I discuss tort reform in my health law class, I usually start with the following: if tort reform is the answer, what is the question? As I suggested in an earlier post, there’s little agreement on which tort reform policy measures to implement. Despite some excellent recent empirical scholarship from Professors Hyman, Black, Silver, […]

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