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I’ve decried before the lack of natural history in economics, and I’m thinking Mark Thoma, with whom I usually agree, seems to be doing just that. Thoma on the ongoing recession: There are different types of recessions, and this one can be termed “a balance sheet” recession. It had a big impact not just on…

Or more precisely, why do some patients not follow their doctors’ orders even when it is blindingly obvious that they should do so? In Monday’s NY Times there was an interesting article about patients who are being paid to take their medicine in a reliable manner. I was going to write about the payment issue…

By way of Echidne, I came across this article about WellPoint’s cancellation of insurance policies belonging to women with breast cancer (italics mine): Shortly after they were diagnosed with breast cancer, each of the women learned that her health insurance had been canceled. There was Yenny Hsu, who lived and worked in Los Angeles. And…

Chickens for Healthcare!

“Will these be enough chickens for an angioplasty? No. Ok, then. Can I get a couple of weeks of chemo then?” (from

One of the best ways to deal with the problem of antibiotic resistance is infection control in hospitals. That is, if patients aren’t getting infections, whether those be sensitive or resistant to antibiotics, then there’s less of a problem. Massachusetts has released its annual report on hospital infection rates. The report currently looks at two…

I’m skeptical. Floyd Norris, who usually is smart enough not to join the ‘Pain Caucus’, claims it is in The NY Times: The federal government is now starting to build the institutions that will try to reduce the soaring growth of health care costs. There will be a group to compare the effectiveness of different…

Romneycare for All!

Granted, the healthcare reform bill is an improvement, at least for the poor Republican welfare states of the South (and they’re ‘real’ Americans too!), but, as I’ve said before, this is a conservative, not centrist, healthcare plan. Brad DeLong: …the essence of the reform — which is that the insurance market has been restructured to…

Since the Congress passed Romneycare, it’s worth looking at the major driver in Massachusetts of medical inflation–price gouging by hospitals and physicians groups that are able to set prices due to de facto monopoly power. From the MA Attorney General’s office (italics mine; underscore original): In a presentation at the hearing, Attorney General Coakley, with…

There’s nothing like the prospect of a black person receiving a government service to rile up the Republican base. Anyone who has spent extended time in the South, when listening to the Tea Partyers, has heard this ugly, racist dogwhistle. But with the possible passage of Romneycare–for people who aren’t white, too!–which apparently portends The…

The Failure of the Progressive Bloc

Chris Bowers and Digby both comment on the failure of the Congressional progressives to exact demands on healthcare (and many other issues), as opposed to the conservative Democrats who really did drive the debate. Digby writes: In the case of health care, as I wrote way back when, the congressional liberals were always going to…