Does the Ryan Plan Curb Health Spending?By UWE E. REINHARDT
Uwe E. Reinhardt is an economics professor at Princeton. He has some financial interests in the health care field.
My post last week, on the budget plan offered by Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin and chairman of the House Budget Committee, ended with the observation that the plan did not propose measures to control overall health spending in the United States, “nor does that appear to have been Mr. Ryan’s objective.”
Comparing Ryan’s Medicare Plan to What Congress GetsBy UWE E. REINHARDThttp://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/18/comparing-ryans-medicare-plan-to-what-congress-gets/
The Ryan Plan for Medicaid
With Washington looking for ways to rein in costly entitlement programs and state governments struggling to balance budgets, conservatives have revived an old nostrum: turning Medicaid into a block grant program.
The desire for fiscal relief is understandable. Medicaid insures low-income people and in these tough economic times, enrollment and costs — for the federal government and state governments — have swelled.
Representative Paul Ryan, and the House Republicans, are now proposing to ease Washington’s strain by capping federal contributions. Like his proposal for Medicare, that would only shift the burden — this time onto both state governments and beneficiaries.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/01/opinion/01sun1.html?hp=&pagewanted=print
New Medicare payment strategy to reward hospitals for high-quality care
Medicare will pay more to hospitals that score well on a series of measures that gauge patient care and pay less to those that don't hit the quality benchmarks.By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times
April 30, 2011
Reporting from Washington
What follows is an excellent article that takes much of the dysinformation, hysteria and smoke and mirrors out of the health care rationing debate.
Rationing - US vs. CANADA
By UWE E. REINHARDT