Brad Davis

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The Bezos-Buffett-Dimon health care venture: Eliminate the middlemen

The new health care venture formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced June 20 that Harvard professor and well-known author …

California bill would create health care price controls

California's government would set prices for hospital stays, doctor visits and other health care services under legislation introduced Monday, vastly …

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Canada’s Single-Payer Health System: What Is True? What Is False?

In the American health care debate, “single-payer” is hardly a new concept.<p>The idea has grabbed headlines and sparked countless political and policy …

A futuristic doctor's office that doesn't take insurance and is backed by Eric Schmidt and Marc Benioff is opening in LA

Forward, a futuristic doctor's office that looks "like an Apple Store meets 'Westworld,'" is setting up shop in Los Angeles.<p>For $150 a month, Forward acts as your primary care provider, along with providing some extra perks and technology used with the intent to keep you healthier.<p>Forward launched …

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Who is Alex Azar? Former drugmaker CEO and HHS official nominated to head agency

WASHINGTON – When Alex Azar had to rush his three-year-old son to the emergency room for a cut near his eye in 2006, the attending physician asked Azar if he wanted a plastic surgeon called in.<p>“How much more will that cost?” Azar asked, only to be looked at “as if I were from Mars.”<p>Azar wasn’t …

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Trump Again Wades Into Tax Debate, Suggesting Repeal of Obamacare Mandate

WASHINGTON — As Republican lawmakers worked on Monday toward a delicate compromise on a $1.5 trillion tax cut, President Trump threw himself back into the discussion, suggesting that Republicans could reduce taxes even further by repealing the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that most people have …

What CVS's acquisition of Aetna could mean for shoppers, patients

SAN FRANCISCO — A possible $66 billion takeover of health insurer Aetna by CVS Health could lower costs to both companies, leading to the hope that at least some savings might be passed through to patients.<p>On Thursday, <i>the Wall Street Journal</i>, citing unnamed people who said they are familiar with …

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Trump to end Obamacare subsidies that help low-income Americans

The White House announced Thursday night that the administration will slash Obamacare subsidy payments to insurers.<p>The "cost-sharing reduction …

As U.S. Democrats line up behind single payer, some Canadians are suing to allow private insurance

As Republicans flounder in their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, many Democrats and progressive activists have stepped up …

Bypassing Congress, Trump says he'll sign new order to allow cross-state insurance plans

WASHINGTON — President Trump said he'll sign an executive order to allow consumers to purchase their health plans across state lines, going around Congress to provide Americans with "great health insurance again."<p>Trump's comments Tuesday provided a more detailed explanation of an idea he's floated …

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ACA Employer Reporting Preparation Tips and Reminders

The bad news – for some — is that the ACA, including employer reporting, is still here despite the months of Congressional activity. The good news – …

Trump Administration Set to Roll Back Birth Control Mandate

<i>Update: The Trump administration has rolled back the birth control coverage mandate. Find more coverage here.</i><p>WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is poised to roll back the federal requirement for employers to include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans, vastly expanding …

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Eyes Fixed On California As Governor Ponders Inking Drug Price Transparency Bill

Insurers, hospitals and health advocates are waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown to deal the drug lobby a rare defeat, by signing legislation that would …

Demand a Healthcare Plan that Generates ROI for Your Business

The astronomical cost of providing group healthcare benefits can be a liability. Here's a strategy to keep rates down while enhancing your competitive advantage.<p><i>Dr. David Berg, DC, is an</i> <i>Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)</i> <i>member in Arizona and</i> <i>co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Redirect Health, a</i> …

Why single payer health care is a terrible option

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is failing. Without regard for consequences, the law expanded government insurance programs and imposed considerable federal authority over US health care via new mandates, regulations and taxes. Insurance premiums skyrocketed even as deductibles rose; consumer …

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How healthy is the Canadian health-care system?

<i>This article is part of our global series about health systems, examining different health care systems all over the world. Read the other articles</i> …

13 Reasons Why ... Single-Payer Would Be a Disaster

Opinion<p>Posted: Sep 22, 2017 12:01 AM<p><i>The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent the views of Townhall.com.</i><p>If the title of …

Alaska sees 26 percent drop in health insurance rates

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaskans buying health insurance on the individual market will see a decrease of 26.5 percent in rates next year, the sole …

Reinsurance approval looks costly for Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota is at risk of losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for the state’s health care program for the …

Republicans make last push to repeal Obamacare, but it is not clear they have the votes

WASHINGTON — Republican senators are making one last push to overhaul Obamacare days before an end-of-September deadline, but it is not clear whether they have the votes to pass a bill.<p>David Popp, a spokesman for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told USA TODAY on Monday that Senate leaders …

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Republicans Really Could Repeal Obamacare This Time

Of course, that’s been true every time.<p>Republicans are only a handful of votes short in the party’s latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. …

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Here's what's in Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare for all' bill

It was a big day on Capitol Hill for Sen. Bernie Sanders and the debate over health care policy in the United States. Surrounded by a dozen of his …

The Single-Payer Insanity

The Democrats’ presidential contenders are rushing to embrace Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare for All’ plan. Have they learned nothing?<p>On Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders will introduce a new version of his long-standing proposal to provide “Medicare for All,” creating single-payer health insurance …

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The Most Important Health Insurance Chart You'll Ever See

Health insurance premiums are soaring -- but that's just part of the picture.<p>It's no secret that health insurance costs are ridiculously high. Six …

Industry Groups Push for Repeal or Delay of Two Affordable Care Act Taxes

Industry groups are ramping up a campaign to repeal or delay two Affordable Care Act taxes that have critics in both parties, the latest effort to tackle the health-care system following the collapse of the broad Republican push to repeal the Obama-era law.<p>The taxes, one on medical devices and …

Millions who buy health insurance brace for sharp increases

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people who buy individual health insurance policies and get no financial help from the Affordable Care Act are bracing …

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Why Drugs Cost Less in the U.K. Than in the U.S.

Drug prices in the U.K., already among the lowest in the developed world, may drop lower still. The British public-health system has adopted new …

How one California county is fighting high-priced surgeries

Retiree Leslie Robinson-Stone and her husband enjoyed a weeklong, all-expenses-paid trip to a luxury resort — all thanks to the county she worked for.<p>The couple also received more than a thousand dollars in spending money and a personal concierge, who attended to their every need. For Santa Barbara …

Sen. Kamala Harris announces support for ‘Medicare-for-All’ bill

OAKLAND — U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris announced Wednesday that she intends to support a congressional effort to expand Medicare to all Americans.<p>“I …

Kamala Harris to co-sponsor Bernie Sanders' single-payer health care bill

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Sen. Kamala Harris is the first Democrat to announce she'll co-sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders' single-payer health care bill when it's introduced in September.<p>The California freshman -- seen as a rising star in the party and a 2020 presidential prospect -- revealed her plans to back …

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