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Health Policy Updates: November 19 2017

Just when you thought Obamacare repeal was over, it’s back – this time, as part of the GOP tax reform effort.

“The revised Senate tax bill will repeal the individual mandate, according to multiple reports. Repealing the mandate — which is the gear that makes the Affordable Care Act tick — would save more than $300 billion over 10 years, but only because millions fewer Americans would have health insurance, according to the Congressional Budget Office. It also means higher premiums, because the younger, healthier people who have an incentive to buy insurance rather than pay the mandate would be expected to exit the market while the sicker people stay in.”

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Health Policy Updates: December 17 2016

I spent way too long looking at the maps in this article, which shows how the death rates from various causes have shifted over time in the US. Amazing to see how much drug related deaths really are up, and how much heart disease really is down. Sample below, for heart disease:

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