Health Policy Malpractice

The administration has made health care policy choices consistent with its private sector ideology and the preferences of supportive special interest groups even though there is strong evidence that other choices would provide better health outcomes at a lower cost: Health Policy Malpractice, by Paul Krugman, Commentary, NY Times: Let me tell you about two government-financed health care programs. One, the Veterans Health Administration, is a stunning success — but the administration and Republicans in Congress refuse to build on that success, because it doesn’t fit their conservative agenda. The other, Medicare Advantage, is a clear failure, but it’s expanding rapidly thanks to large subsidies the administration rammed through Congress in 2003. … The key to the V.A.’s success is its long-term relationship with its clients: veterans, once in the V.A. system, normally stay in it for life. This means that the V.A. can … make much better use […] Read More