Category: Austin Frakt

Debunking the anti-Obamacare camp’s attack on Medicaid

December 3rd, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

Los Angeles Times
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

As the federal insurance website healthcare.gov puts its birth pangs behind it, critics of the Affordable Care Act may well need another attack point…

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Clamor Over Obamacare Enrollee Data Seen as Much Ado About Nothing

November 6th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, National Journal, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

National Journal
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

There’s one small problem with the Obamacare enrollment figures the Obama administration is under so much pressure to release: They’re nearly useless…

Expert quote:

“It just doesn’t tell you the real story.’

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Red State Dems Push Reforms That Would Damage Obamacare

November 2nd, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Talking Points Memo 0 comments

Talking Points Memo
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

A trio of face-saving changes to Obamacare proposed by conservative Democratic senators would do significant damage to the law, according to health policy experts…

Expert quote:

“An open enrollment extension merely offsets a period in early 2014 during which enrollment was essentially impossible due to website woes. Not much room for harm there.”

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Sebelius survival guide

October 30th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, MSNBC, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

MSNBC.com
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius heads to Capitol Hill Wednesday—and Republicans are drooling…

Expert quote:

“I’d only extend open enrollment if the site’s problems extended into the new year, and then I’d extend it by the amount of the new year for which there were problems.”

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Accountable Care Organizations: A Health Experiment in Progress

October 10th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, National Journal, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

National Journal
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

A patient goes to the doctor’s office with vague back pain…

Expert quote:

“I understand why Medicare is promoting ACOs. But, because they encourage provider integration, which could lead to higher prices and premiums, I do not understand why private insurers would be.”

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Narrow-Network Health Plans Expected to Proliferate Under Obamacare

October 10th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, National Journal, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

National Journal
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

The health care industry has revived a variation on a widely derided product and proclaimed it a fresh, urgently needed innovation…

Expert quote:

“[C]onsumers will not like it, in general. In exchange for significantly lower premiums, maybe enough will.”

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The tradeoff: The individual mandate

October 1st, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, Newsmakers, Politico.com, School of Public Health 0 comments

Politico
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

So you want that pre-existing condition coverage?…

Expert quote:

“The cultural climate is very different in other states. I don’t think the individual mandate is going to be strong enough to overcome the cultural resistance in some of the states.”

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5 myths about the Affordable Health Care Act

September 10th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

Poynter
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

Let’s face it: As a reporter, there’s pretty much nothing you can write or broadcast about the Affordable Care Act that someone won’t complain about…

Expert quote:

“Employer coverage has been trending down for decades. It’s just economics and rising health care costs.”

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The Right’s Obamacare Boycott Will Only Hurt Conservatives

August 13th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Slate.com 0 comments

Slate
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

Having failed to block Obamacare in Congress in 2010, or to get the Supreme Court to throw it out in 2012, or to beat Obama himself last November, conservative groups have hit upon two last-ditch methods of preventing a large new entitlement program from becoming an entrenched fact of American life…

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New Approach Needed to Cut Medicare Costs: Study

June 24th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, HealthDay News, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

HealthDay News
Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

Preventable emergency room visits and hospitalizations are only a small part of the cost of caring for Medicare patients with the highest overall health expenses, a new study shows…

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