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Today, just in time for Worker Memorial Day this coming Sunday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released employee injury and fatality data for 2017 contrasted with 2016. I guess you know the Great Recession is really over when worker injuries and fatalities reach pre-recession levels. Compared with 2016, worker fatalities declined in 2017 – […]
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In February, 2018, a Texas-led coalition of 20 states sued the federal government claiming the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional in its entirety. The states argued that after Congress in December 2017 gutted one of its major provisions, a financial penalty for not having health insurance, known as the “individual mandate,” the rest of the […]
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Trying to understand American health care these days is a little like trying to do the breast stroke through molasses. A lot of effort for not much progress. The scope of the issue is vast. In 2017, US health care spending grew 4.6%, exactly double the growth rate of inflation, to $3.5 trillion. In 2018, […]
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In 2013, Oxford professors Carl Frey and Michael Osborne published what became a highly read, highly cited and highly criticized study suggesting that machines could replace 47% of America’s jobs over the following 25 years. This landed like a stink bomb on the robotic revolution. The study, which examined more than 700 US occupations, found that […]
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Every once in a while in life, if you’re lucky, you’ll come to know and work with a person whose commitment to service, whose dedication to justice, whose devotion to helping the less fortunate among us live full and healthy lives is both humbling and inspirational. For me, such a person has been Rob Restuccia. […]
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Among other things, yesterday’s post made a point about the way the PBM system (if you can call it that) makes it difficult for uninsured Type 1 diabetics to buy insulin, because of price. To beat that horse even deader, here is an excerpt from a Kaiser Health News article, in partnership with NPR, published […]
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Let me tell you a story. The year is 2015, and a workers’ compensation consultant is sitting in a highly respected insurer’s plush conference room. The consultant is meeting with the insurer’s Senior Vice President of Claims to negotiate price for an innovative specialty medicine program. What kind of program? Doesn’t matter. The consultant has […]
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Suddenly, everybody’s out to get Pharmacy Benefit Managers, or PBMs. CMS, state legislatures, state Medicaid officials, a boatload of experts and even Donald Trump, who appears to actually and sincerely believe PBMs have created a rigged system. The issue, what you and I pay for medicine, is getting a lot of ink and airtime. As […]
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Anyone who can rub two brain cells together knows America spends more, much more, on health care than any other developed nation, as this chart from the Organization for Economic and Cooperative Development  (OECD) shows. Also well established is the sad fact that in terms of health care outcomes our brethren in the OECD – Canada, […]
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  Due to a technical error (mine!), yesterday’s blog post was transmitted incorrectly. The post was meant to detail how lower wage workers pay more for employer provided health insurance than higher wage workers. We will publish the corrected post on Monday. Thanks to the many readers who alerted us to the problem. Tom Lynch

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