Category Archives: Health Care Economics

Whither health care after election? Who knows?

Pre-campaign, the biggest issue facing the 2020 candidates was the cost and coverage of health care in America. In normal times, the political campaigns of President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden would have clarified their game plans for … Read the rest

Bernie’s numbers look low for Medicare for All

Introduction: Since health costs are looming as the biggest issue in the 2020 presidential election and are by far the biggest economic issue facing the country, I will be writing a series of pieces on the management of health costs, … Read the rest

Pols need to check out real reforms by employers

Just as the national debate ramps up on a government take-over of the nation’s health care, it looks like employers and market forces have already worked out a business model that is taming previously out-of-control health costs. A lead article … Read the rest

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 the rest

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 … Read the rest

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. The main rationale for the … Read the rest

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 voted 16-0 … Read the rest

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. It’s time for him to get out “the big dog,” the driver, and hit the long ball. … Read the rest

What happened to Trump’s Art of the Deal?

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 Ryan. … Read the rest

GOP replacement plan: missed opportunities

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 (ACA), which played out as the unaffordable Care Act, to craft with an … Read the rest