Is MIT’s Gruber an objective source on Massachusetts health reform?

In this week’s heat wave edition of Health Wonk Review, John C. Goodman —  the self-described “Father of Health Savings Accounts”  — gets  steamed over the what he sees as the limits of Mass health reform. He says it amounts to little more than “moving money from one bucket to another.”

Goodman is is president and founder of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas “free-market think tank.”

In his post, he takes on MIT Professor Jon Gruber  who “calls Massachusetts an unqualified success, citing some of the very same studies I am citing. But since Gruber was one of the architects of the Massachusetts health reform, this is like a student grading his own exam. NCPA senior fellow Devon Herrick has shown that Gruber sorted through the evidence, cherry-picked what he liked, and ignored everything else.”

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