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Squaring the Frame

Over the years, CMS has struggled with how to pay Medicare Advantage plans, trying to balance cost with making it attractive enough for carriers and providers to offer options that work for the beneficiaries.

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Peanut Butter Stuffed Jalapenos

An emerging idea for single payer healthcare is to move everyone into a Medicare Advantage-type plan, something that combines public funding with competitive market options.

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A Guy Walks Into A Bar

California floats the idea of a single payer system, a Medicare for all plan, that would cost $400 billion and require an additional 15% payroll tax to cover the funding gap.

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But If You Wanted To…

‘Medicare for all,’ the most common and simplistic single-payer idea would have devastating effects on the healthcare delivery system as we know it because of the drop in reimbursement that would mean for physicians and hospitals.

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Evil Profit Prophets

The idea that we can fund a single payer system just by eliminating the profit of healthcare companies is an emotional one that is just not supported by the numbers.

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The Hard Parts

Because of the very unequal distribution of healthcare costs across the population, it is a given that we are going to transfer wealth from some to others; single-payer advocates argue that system is a better way.

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Check Please

The discussion of how to best fund healthcare must start with the understanding that taxpayers already pay two-thirds of the total bill.

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The Unpredictable Trumpsters

In something of a political shocker, many Trump supporters endorse a single payer system.  What is more, many general Republicans do as well.

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A Growing Chorus

We begin a series exploring a single payer healthcare system at a time when public support for such an idea is growing.

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The Riemann Hypothesis

Increasingly, political watchers cannot imagine a path for Republicans to get a repeal and replace bill to the President’s desk, setting up the inevitable question of, ‘What then?’

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Tim Coan, ALN’s CEO, writes an insightful and witty blog three times a week about a variety of topics relevant to independent physician practices.

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