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Editorial: The unaffordable cost of M&A-driven drug prices

Editorial: The unaffordable cost of M&A-driven drug prices

By Merrill Goozner  |  August 27, 2016

There still is no connection between the price of new drugs and the cost of discovering and developing them, even though the pharmaceutical industry has argued for years that such a link was the primary justification for high prices.

Editorial: FLOTUS—the healthcare influential we forgot

Editorial: FLOTUS—the healthcare influential we forgot

By Merrill Goozner  |  August 20, 2016

Michelle Obama during her nearly eight years in the White House succeeded in changing the national conversation about diet and exercise, and gave a major boost to transparency about the foods we eat.

Editorial: Wage stagnation in healthcare

Editorial: Wage stagnation in healthcare

By Merrill Goozner  |  August 13, 2016

The harsh reality of modern-day America is that the less-educated, hourly workforce is falling further and further behind those still clinging to middle class status and above. This is a fairness issue that today characterizes almost every sector of the U.S. economy—including healthcare.

Editorial: Congress needs to stop dithering on Zika

Editorial: Congress needs to stop dithering on Zika

By Merrill Goozner  |  August 05, 2016

Don't hold your breath waiting for members of Congress to return to Washington to deal with the immediate public health threat posed by the Zika virus. That would require putting the public interest over politics, an approach gone missing in action during this poisonous election year.

Editorial: Full speed ahead on bundled payments

Editorial: Full speed ahead on bundled payments

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 30, 2016

Rulemakers in outgoing administrations usually end their tenures with a bang, not a whimper. President Barack Obama's appointees at the CMS are no exception.

Editorial: Don't shed tears for health insurers

Editorial: Don't shed tears for health insurers

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 23, 2016

A superficial reading of the latest headlines about the health insurance industry suggests it is facing serious problems, but the steady drumbeat of bad news for insurers is showing up everywhere except in the finances of the major carriers.

Editorial: Why assume healthcare cost controls will fail?

Editorial: Why assume healthcare cost controls will fail?

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 16, 2016

Last week, two well-respected groups of government economists predicted the end is nigh for the era of restrained growth in healthcare spending. Ignore them. They've been wrong before. They will be proven wrong again.

Editorial: An unfair DSH formula for safety net hospitals

Editorial: An unfair DSH formula for safety net hospitals

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 09, 2016

The CMS continues to adjust its formula for distributing disproportionate-share payments for safety net hospitals based on initial assumptions about insurance coverage under the ACA that have not panned out.

Editorial: Medicare Part B drug proposal deserves support

Editorial: Medicare Part B drug proposal deserves support

By Merrill Goozner  |  June 25, 2016

Medicare's first step in reining in the skyrocketing cost of specialty drugs deserves support—something it has not received from hospitals, doctors, politicians or, of course, the pharmaceutical industry, which benefits the most from the status quo.

Editorial: Reinstate the assault weapons ban

Editorial: Reinstate the assault weapons ban

By Merrill Goozner  |  June 18, 2016

The horrific events in Orlando in the early hours of June 12 remind us once again of the cowardly failure of our political leaders over many years to take action against America's No. 1 public health crisis.

Editorial: The importance of diversity—and courage

Editorial: The importance of diversity—and courage

By Merrill Goozner  |  June 11, 2016

In the year 2016, we have a major party candidate proclaiming from a public podium that an Indiana-born judge cannot preside fairly over a trial because of his Mexican heritage. This is racism pure and simple.

Editorial: Avoiding the death spiral

Editorial: Avoiding the death spiral

By Merrill Goozner  |  May 28, 2016

Obamacare's enemies are gearing up to make rising health insurance premiums a major attack point during the coming election season, but the public needs to consider the real reasons behind the higher prices.

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