January 23, 2015


In This Issue
The State of the Union is…
30 Hours: Corporate Welfare vs. the French
SGR: Tired of Kicking the Can
Arkansas Abandoning its Medicaid Alternative
Better Late Than Never
HUPAC Round Up
What We’re Reading
E-mail the Editor
Visit the NAHU Website
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What We’re Reading

SOTU style, Supreme Court arguments and several studies all are featured on our reading list this week. Enjoy!

We always love a study that shows the desperate need for medical care price transparency by highlighting the wide range of prices doctors charge for the exact same services in the same geographical area. BCBSA is out with another good one.

Many people find healthcare.gov confusing, but one thing we didn’t realize is just how misleading the information the site displays about prescription drug co-pays can be.

Guess what? Disease management may be coming to a public elementary school near you.

Six questions good doctors ask their patients.

Caution—potential bipartisanship coming! New Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) discusses some health policy issues beyond health reform that he would like to work on with Democrats in the year ahead.

All of you fellow King v. Burwell devotees, here is a very interesting piece from the Washington Post about how the case may be viewed by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts.

Forget the big game (which we plan to skip anyway, because we do not like cheaters here at the Washington Update). All good health nerds know that the most exciting national event in January is the State of the Union Address. We like to watch for both policy and political theater reasons. As for the policy, this year we found it to be a little lacking. We much prefer making up our own State of the Union Address with this awesome widget, which allows you to take key quotes from past addresses and string them together to make your own custom speech. Credit for finding this fun tool goes to our favorite NAHU member of all time. 

As for the theater, we love looking at the SOTU style choices of our policymakers. (A beaded jabot Ruth Bader Ginsberg? How clever!) However, as the Huffington Post found, most members of Congress are startled to learn that crazies like us are out there judging their personal style choices.

That might be because there are some clear rules to dressing like a politician.

Finally, if you find our obsession with politicians and their clothes a tad ridiculous, we apologize. It’s just that we come from the part of the country that wears more sweatpants than anywhere else, so we are a little bit desperate!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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