Browsing Archive: May, 2014

The Great Lamping-Silvey debate continues (this time on Twitter!)

Posted by Timothy McBride on Saturday, May 24, 2014, In : Missouri 
Those of us in Missouri, and who follow the Medicaid expansion debate closely, know that a couple key turning points that happened (in public at least) were when, first, a handful of Republican Senators (led by Sen. John Lamping) took to the floor right after their Spring break and declared their solid opposition to the Medicaid expansion, and vowed to fight this even to the point of filibusters. Shortly after that, one of Sen. Lamping's colleagues, Sen. Ryan. Silvey took to the floor and eng...
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Health Spending, the GDP Report, An Update

Posted by Timothy McBride on Saturday, May 10, 2014, In : ACA 

Since the GDP report came out for First Quarter 2014 and there was much attention to this from many quarters, including in the press (see column by Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik and column by Peter Orszag, to cite a couple examples).

In the last week or so, a couple more pieces have come out to weigh in on this.  For example:

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Health Use up 9.9% in Early 2014: What does this mean? Was this Expected?

Posted by Timothy McBride on Thursday, May 1, 2014, In : ACA 

[UPDATED 630 am Central, 5/1; updated May 2, 3 pm to include link to new Altarum report]

The first quarter 2014, gross domestic product (GDP) numbers were released Wednesday April 30, and other than the report gaining headlines for being so dismal (largely attributed to the terrible winter weather), the other big headlines were for the large increase in medical care utilization (9.9% annual rate, even when medical inflation rose only 0.1%).

Certainly it WAS EXPECTED that the total health spendi...
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Timothy McBride Timothy D. McBride, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis. Here you can find musings on health policy and other issues. Opinions are my own, and not those of my employer. Contact: