Category Archives: Government

Government to make August CSR payment to health insurers; meanwhile, CBO says Trump threat to Obamacare would send premiums 20% higher.

The News: The federal government will make crucial Obamacare-related subsidy payments to health insurers in August despite threats by President Donald Trump to end them, a White House spokesman said last week…. Read more »

Merck’s Frazier leads the way quitting Trump business council after Charlottesville; J&J’s Gorsky’s bail way too late.

The News: One day after J&J chief exec Alex Gorsky pub­licly com­mit­ted to stay­ing on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s man­u­fac­tur­ing coun­cil, he abruptly re­versed course–just as the sud­den mass departure of ex­ec­u­tives forced… Read more »

Centene rescuing Obamacare as just two US counties still lack insurers for 2018.

The News: Centene Corp. (St. Louis MO) on Tuesday (August 15, 2017) said it will sell Obamacare plans in Nevada’s remaining 14 “bare” counties in 2018. The insurer previously announced… Read more »

Centrists design bipartisan healthcare stabilization plan; reps throw down gauntlet on turf battle with White House.

A coalition of roughly 40 House Republicans and Democrats unveiled a slate of Obamacare fixes last week they hope will gain traction after the Senate’s effort to repeal the law… Read more »

Americans are sicker, die younger while spending the most on health care; what South Korea can teach us.

The News: Typically, the more a developed country spends on health care, the longer its people live. The US, which spends the most on health care, defies that tendency another… Read more »

UnitedHealthcare 2nd quarter sparkles; but time to figure out how Centene, Molina exploit Medicaid?

The News: UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s (Minnetonka MN) second-quarter earnings jumped 11% to beat analysts’ expectations even though the nation’s largest health insurer took a bigger hit than expected from coverage… Read more »

GOP’s latest health bill looking more like a white flag on Obamacare repeal promise; McCain’s return won’t save McConnell’s maneuvers.

The News: Shortly after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a revised bill last Thursday to overhaul the US healthcare system, lawmakers undecided about the proposed changes to Medicaid gathered together… Read more »

McConnell changes tune on healthcare bill, hints at need for Dems’ input; share the pain maneuver?

The News: Some political policy wonks believe Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking a risk by calling for a bipartisan healthcare plan if the Republican-only bill fails. While his… Read more »

Update: CDC data say docs still making billions from Pharma, med device companies; my personal take.

The News: It’s been a few years since the US government unveiled its Open Payments (OP) database, a collection of drug and device makers’ payments to healthcare providers. The data-collection… Read more »