May 21, Rosemarie Day
As the coronavirus pandemic overtook the tail end of the Democratic primary season, attention rapidly shifted from examining the nuances of the differences between the candidates’ health care platforms to simply demanding a response to the pandemic. Importantly, virtually all of the Democratic candidates called for making health care a right in the U.S. Joe Biden, along with others called for a public option program, which has been largely criticized. However, a large-scale public option program could actually help reshape the US’s health care system and result in improvements in access to care in this country, ultimately getting us to universal healthcare.
May 19, Ian Morrison
The “game” between commercial insurers and providers has worked such that the insurers pay a significant multiple of cost, paying much higher prices, to make the math work for the providers. But as we enter a post-COVID world, a key question is: Will healthcare simply restart this game? Or make it even more extreme, now that providers’ finances are struggling with the drastic drop in elective procedures? Don’t assume that the game will continue, and don’t be surprised to see employers step up to this moment and finally do what they have not done to date—namely massify their economic firepower and act in a concerted way to change the game.
May 19, Anish Koka
The great pandemic is wreaking havoc, we are told, because the nation is not testing enough. The consensus from a diverse group that includes public health experts, economists, and Silicon Valley investors is that more testing will allow the country to restart the economy and do it safely. However, while it would be tempting to blame administrative incompetence for the difficulties in the most important household in the land, the real difficulties lie with inherent limitations to tests that need to be understood before getting on the testing bandwagon.