Thursday, June 14, 2018

A Midsummer Night's Health Wonk Review

Bill Shakespeare's classic wedding comedy is about the nuptials of the Duke of Athens and the (former) Queen of the Amazons, and has absolutely nothing to do with this month’s 'Review (I just liked the wordplay for the title).

Fortunately for our readers, we do have some amazing posts to share with you, so consider this your Playbill:

Roy Poses looks at CVS's recent "own goal" regarding donations to "a Sketchy Non-Profit."

Including exec's who (allegedly) made some pretty nasty remarks.

HWR newcomer Vincent Grippi offers us this interesting podcast with HWR veteran David Williams, discussing (prescription) drug pricing issues and challenges here in the US.

Fellow insurance blogger - and another longtime HWR favorite - Louise Norris explores the brave (not so) new world of Association Health Plans (AHPs), and what role (if any) they may play in reining in health insurance costs. As usual, Louise makes otherwise dry material quite interesting.

And speaking of our friend David Williams, his own submission is this fascinating post on whether or not the proposed merger between Partners HealthCare and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is actually ready for prime time.

Will they or won't they? Time will tell.

Workers' Comp Insider's Tom Lynch has this take on GOP efforts to (finally?) take out ObamaCare, and what it means if their current efforts are successful. But the best part is his touchstone question: What happens if they "win?"

'Review co-founder (and all-around nice guy) Joe Paduda offers a round-up of his own, including a report on Purdue Pharma's opioid issues and Medicaid's on-going problems with work requirements.

Friend Tinker Ready has news about the proposed CVS/Aetna merger, and the CVS plan to offer more than just urgent care services [ed: let's hope the plan is shorter than their typical receipt!]

Over at xpostfactoid, Andrew Sprung offers an "elastic idea" for Democrats looking to expand Medicare, from a buy-in option for near-seniors all the way to "Sanders' Big Rock Candy Mountain." Sweet.

And finally, our own entry, in which we offer a disturbing glimpse at the true, grisly human costs of nationalized health "care:" dismembered babies.

On a brighter note, please join us next month at Peggy's Place (on July 12th).
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