How the Supreme Court same-sex marriage rulings will impact health care #DOMA #SCOTUS

Profoundly, it seems. The decisions to uphold same-sex marriage are just coming out.  Since lots of people get health insurance through their spouses, the impact will be huge. Here is New England, where same-sex marriage is legal, HR offices for federal agencies should expect a spurt in family coverage. Kaiser Health News posted a what-if story on … Continue reading How the Supreme Court same-sex marriage rulings will impact health care #DOMA #SCOTUS

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Does Berwick have a fix for Massachusetts that he didn’t get to try in DC?

In addition to the rest of the state's problems, would-be Governor Don Berwick would inherit the post-mandate struggle to contain health care costs. Does he have any solutions for  Massachusetts that he didn't get a chance to try in DC? Last summer, the former Medicare chief gave a talk before a film about the failures … Continue reading Does Berwick have a fix for Massachusetts that he didn’t get to try in DC?

#Medicare boss Berwick for Massachusetts governor? Changing what makes sense #hcr #mapoli

Sure sounds like it from the Globe story. Berwick, a Newton pediatrician and longtime Harvard faculty ...has been contemplating a run for the past two or three months, meeting with 40 or 50 people, including political veterans and consultants. ...“I’m strongly considering it,” said Berwick, whose interest in the office was first reported by State … Continue reading #Medicare boss Berwick for Massachusetts governor? Changing what makes sense #hcr #mapoli

Hounded ex-Medicare chief Berwick back in Boston

Donald Berwick, who was hounded out of Washington for saying something nice about the UK health system, is back in town and on WBUR today. Also check out today's NTYimes op/ed by Joe Nocera: Dr. Donald Berwick was already in Massachusetts when I spoke to him Sunday afternoon. He was back in the Newton home where he’d lived for 30 years, being … Continue reading Hounded ex-Medicare chief Berwick back in Boston

Health policy digest takes on reform loopholes and clueless reporters

The latest edition of the roaming digest of health policy blogs; Health Wonks - the SuperHero Edition!!! The deficit battle is on and politicians are in full voice - both in Washington and out on the hustings, where GOP candidates are loudly denouncing health reform as unAmerican and a job killer.  Hipsters and greying hippies … Continue reading Health policy digest takes on reform loopholes and clueless reporters

Occupy Health Care: Boston protesters say Wall Street makes them sick

While health reform may not be at the top of their agenda, some of the Occupy Boston protesters down at Dewey Square had no problem linking the high cost of medical care to their complaints about Wall Street.  Some support Obama’s reforms; others called for a single payer system. But, nearly everyone interviewed had universal health … Continue reading Occupy Health Care: Boston protesters say Wall Street makes them sick

NHS: Maybe they fund fruit fly research too

Not to knock  my UK colleagues, but --would it be fair to say that maybe the headlines of some British newspapers are not the best source of information about England's National Health Service?  More demonizing of CMS nominee Donald  Berwick – who has said he “loves” the UK plan -- in a column in today’s Globe, … Continue reading NHS: Maybe they fund fruit fly research too