The placebo effect on health-care costs

It probably would surprise you to learn that health-care costs in this country may finally be coming under control. The truth is that from 2007 to 2010, per-capita health-care spending rose just 1.8 per cent annually. Since then, the annual increase has been a paltry 1.3 per cent. James Surowiecki SAYS one of the reasons for this trend is the simple fact that people are talking about health-care costs: The slowdown in spending is due in part to the recession and the tepid recovery—but not as much as you’d think. A recent paper by the Harvard...

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Sen. Mark Kirk’s stroke of awareness

In THIS PIECE by Daniel Gross about Republicans and health-care reform, there’s a telling passage regarding the junior U.S. senator from Illinois: In the old days, they used to say that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality. When it comes to health insurance, it seems a liberal is a conservative who has been mugged by an illness. After having a devastating stroke in 2012, Sen. Mark Kirk had an epiphany about the inadequacy of rehabilitation services for poor people. “My concern is what happens if you have a stroke...

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Right-wing Republicans seem to think of Romney as a dog that has to be housebroken

When an aide to Mitt Romney said something favorable the other day about health-care reform in Massachusetts, the Mittster’s principal achievement as governor of that state, right-wing pundits went ballistic. The message was clear: Let’s have no more talk about RomneyCare. Brian Beutler puts it THIS WAY: Those are the marching orders, and thus far they’ve controlled Romney’s campaign. Romney’s health care heresy was the biggest breach, and the right’s reaction was swift and demeaning — one compared it, in a widely approved tweet,...

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Health care mandate defended by…well, guess who

In a speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation six and a half years ago, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sang the praises of a certain provision in a health care reform program he had introduced in his state. His audience, by all accounts, loved it. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTByvLtYIYA[/youtube]  

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Obama gets some help in explaining health-care mandate

Comparisons like the one in this video, where Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are basically reading from the same page, probably are highly annoying to partisan Republicans. Don’t you love it? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN0qIJgfAgk[/youtube]  

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