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Editorial: The future of employer-based health insurance

Editorial: The future of employer-based health insurance

By Merrill Goozner  |  January 30, 2016

The tax-advantaged, employer-based health insurance system, a legacy of World War II wage-and-price controls, is unfair in every way. And that's really where a political discussion about the next steps in healthcare reform ought to start.

Where should we point the cancer care moonshot?

Where should we point the cancer care moonshot?

By Merrill Goozner  |  January 16, 2016

Thanks to President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address, we can add moonshot to the lexicon of the war on cancer. They're both lousy metaphors.

Why Congress must deal with drug prices

Why Congress must deal with drug prices

By Merrill Goozner  |  December 12, 2015

The large increases in healthcare spending reported recently by the CMS and a new economic survey are sending a false signal. The era of provider cost constraint hasn't ended.

ACA problems should come as no surprise

ACA problems should come as no surprise

By Harris Meyer  |  November 28, 2015

UnitedHealth Group's announcement this month that it will consider exiting the insurance exchanges in 2017 because of sizable financial losses on its exchange business was the latest in a series of blows to the Affordable Care Act.

Editorial: A cloudy dawn for biosimilars

Editorial: A cloudy dawn for biosimilars

By Merrill Goozner  |  November 21, 2015

Generic versions of off-patent drugs, which today account for more than 88% of all prescriptions, save patients and the U.S. healthcare system hundreds of billions of dollars per year. That isn't turning out to be the case with biosimilars.

Editorial: HealthCare.gov 3.0, behaviorally speaking

Editorial: HealthCare.gov 3.0, behaviorally speaking

By Merrill Goozner  |  October 31, 2015

While HealthCare.gov 3.0, the online portal offering health insurance options for 37 states and the District of Columbia, is vastly improved over last year's cumbersome model, it still has a long way to go.

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