As a concession to single-payer advocates, the reform law created public coop plans as an alternative, but an article in the Washington Post finds that they are flailing, with many in financial trouble and likely to default on billions of dollars in loans.
Express Scripts apparently intends to drop a number of brand-name drugs from its national formulary, which may reflect a new trend in aggressiveness to control spending.
The President acknowledges that the health insurance exchanges are screwed up and says the best experts in the country are working on fixing them, which only raises the question--what kind of idiots did you have working on it before and why?
The New England Journal of Medicine carries several Perspectives discussing the need for physicians to be aware of and discuss with patients the cost of treatment in a world with greatly increased consumer cost-sharing.
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