Tag: Ezra Klein

Making the Case for the Public Plan, Part II: Public Option as Private Benchmark

Filed in Medicare by on June 15, 2009 2 Comments
Making the Case for the Public Plan, Part II: Public Option as Private Benchmark
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Ezra Klein has given a nice explanation of the advantages of public options in our health insurance ecosystem. He summarizes three different types of options that could develop, including a “trigger plan” (which be “triggered into existence [where] the private insurance market” failed), a “weak public plan” (which “couldn’t use the low rates that Medicare […]

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Ezra Klein to Leave American Prospect

Filed in Uncategorized by on May 12, 2009 0 Comments
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Because, quite frankly, he is simply excellent at what he does, it’s well worth noting that he’ll be doing it somewhere else. Ezra Klein, formerly of American Prospect, has announced that he is moving to the Washington Post. His parting blog, like almost everything else he writes, is a good read. Lets hope that WaPo […]

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A Shortage of General Surgeons, Rural Hospitals Must Compete

Filed in Physicians by on January 1, 2009 2 Comments
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The Washington Post ran a story today, “Shortage of General Surgeons Endangers Rural Americans,” which, as the title suggests, reported on the shortage of general surgeons. The story describes the sort “jack of all (surgical) trades” existence of a general surgeon and reports that “In 1980, 945 newly trained general surgeons were certified in the […]

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Will Specialist Pay Be a Target of Health Care Reform?

Filed in Physicians by on December 22, 2008 0 Comments
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Health policymakers are well aware of the pay differential between primary care and specialist physicians. Given this disparity, it’s important to recognize how the divergence arose. To the extent that training programs are limited for each specialty, that’s a natural barrier to entry that is hard to remedy without a great deal of investment in […]

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