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A Note on Ezra Klein and Republican Health Care Hypocrisy

This past Thursday, Ezra Klein published an article in which he chastised Republicans for what he perceives to be hypocrisy when it comes to health policy. Klein pointed out that Republicans have been criticizing President Obama’s Affordable Care Act on … Continue reading

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The Chronicle: Our Climbing Health Care Costs

A slightly longer column than usual, for the Chronicle “Exam Break” issue, in which I talk about the price system and rising health care costs. Tweet

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Michael Cannon on Presidential Powers via C-SPAN

Hello all, and welcome back to HDE after the holidays. Travel and playing catch-up have kept me from posting over the course of the past week, but I’ve got plenty to blog about in the near future. Along those lines, … Continue reading

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Consider Health Care’s Opportunity Costs

There is an old joke in economics that goes something like this: two economists run into each other on the street. The first economist asks the second, “How’s your wife,” and the second replies, “Compared to what?” I was reminded … Continue reading

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Surprised by Competitive Pricing: A Sign of the Health Care Times

Last month, an Oregon news station reported on a Chicagoan named George Law, who is unable to afford health insurance. Law was in need of a colonoscopy but could not afford to pay the going $3,500 rate he found in … Continue reading

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Earlier today, while I was eagerly awaiting the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad, I stumbled across a blog post on the subject from Glen Whitman of the Agoraphilia blog. Whitman takes issue with the argument–propagated through various memes as well …

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Paul Krugman posts that it’s silly to hold Switzerland up as a paragon of the free market in health care, since (a) elements of the Swiss health industry mimic Obamacare, and (b) Switzerland has the second highest health care cost …

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