Category Archives: Healthcare

We Dirty Hippies Were Right About The Public Option

In light of the revelations that Aetna told the federal government that if its proposed merger didn’t go through, it would pull out of ACA (‘Obamacare’) exchanges, let’s flashback to 2009 (boldface mine): President Obama’s advisers acknowledged Tuesday that they … Continue reading

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When Campbell’s Law Collides With Organ Donation

I’ve written before about the effect Campbell’s Law has on education in the U.S., but for those who don’t know what Campbell’s Law is, I’ll turn it over to sociologist Donald Campbell: The more any quantitative social indicator is used … Continue reading

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Monday Night Thoughts On Pragmatism

One surety of politics is that there will always be assholes. There were the hecklers at the Democratic Convention who fail to release that ninety percent of Sanders supporters intend to vote for Clinton (a pre-convention figure that was much … Continue reading

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It’s A Good Thing, Then, We Pay Infectious Disease Specialists So Much

Ha! We make the funny (boldface mine): Sjoding and colleagues sought to examine changes in the composition of patients admitted to the ICU by describing the demographic characteristics, diagnoses, and outcomes of patients admitted to critical care units in US … Continue reading

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How “Choice” Outsources Work To Customers: The Healthcare Edition

Amazing what happens when reporters–and Sarah Kliff is a good one–actually have to live the stories they cover: I write a lot about health care for my job here at Vox, and have spent the past seven years covering and … Continue reading

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Healthcare In An Era Of Few Savings

A few weeks ago, Atlantic writer Neal Gabler described how, like many Americans, he has virtually no savings. While he was pounced on (after all, he has a nice house in the Hamptons), that shouldn’t distract us from the larger … Continue reading

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Hospitals And Fixed Costs

One of my more widely read posts is one about the time I was charged $676 for a bag of saline when I went to the ER (even more astonishingly, the ciprofloxacin–which knocked down the infection–cost about $5). As I … Continue reading

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