Category Archives: Health Care Economics

Warren, Jami, Jeff, We Need Your Help on Health Costs

Memo to: Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos, Jami Diamond Memo from: John Torinus, health care payer Subject: New Business Model for Health Care Fellow Victims of the Medical Industrial Complex (MIC): As three major payers for health care for your more… Read more

Health care insurers seek better business model

Ostensibly, health insurers have long been on the side of the insureds, namely employers and their employees who pay the nation’s health care bills. But tectonic plates are moving in the delivery of health care, and it’s not so clear any… Read more

Will Aurora merger pay off for customers?

For the life of me, I can’s see how the proposed mega-merger between Aurora Health Care of Wisconsin and Advocate Health Care Network of Illinois will benefit payers like my company Serigraph or its co-workers. Nick Turkal, CEO of Aurora… Read more

A third way: Default to Medicare Advantage for all

Most Republican leaders at state and national levels are proving that they are as clueless about reforming health care economics as the wonks who designed Obamacare. At the Wisconsin level, Republicans and Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee… Read more

Time for long ball on health care reform

Avid golfer Donald Trump hit an iron off the tee with his first run at repealing and replacing Obamacare. Predictably, it fell short. President Trump Golfing- photo credit NY Times It’s time for him to get out “the big dog,” the driver,… Read more

What happened to Trump’s Art of the Deal?

President Donald Trump President Trump may know a thing or two about hotel deals, but he totally flubbed the art of the deal with Republicans in Congress as they tried to replace Obamacare. So did his quarterback in the House, Speaker Paul… Read more

GOP replacement plan: missed opportunities

Paul Ryan: Speaker of the United States House of Representatives In their rush to repeal and replace Obamacare, Paul Ryan’s Republicans in the House essentially punted. They had seven years while vehemently opposing the Affordable Care Act… Read more

Health costs fueled rise of Trump, Sanders

Donald Trump

In the eyes of many, the fuel that fed the Trumpian and Sanders bonfires was economic stagnation across a broad swath of the middle class in American. The resentments from not moving ahead, or from their fear that their children will not do… Read more

Walker targets big health care savings

Governor Scott Walker

Governor Scott Walker The immediate resistance to the one bold initiative in Gov. Walker’s state of the state message is perplexing. He called for self-insurance for health care for state employees, a move everyone should love except for the… Read more

Can one county be model for health?

If leaders in health care had their way, Washington County‘s 132,000 residents would be the healthiest in the nation and in Wisconsin. That’s an ambitious goal, though the county already ranks in the top fifth of Wisconsin’s 72… Read more