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Progressive Policy Institute | Policy Report | September 22, 2005
Fixing America's Health Care System
By David B. Kendall
Our nation's health care system needs a comprehensive reform plan that gives everyone an equal opportunity to be healthy, without forcing anyone to give up the care they already have.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 23, 2005
Mental Health Reform
By Sen. Tom Carper
The mental health system needs more than just parity; it needs fundamental reform. Fortunately, best practices that hold the potential to strengthen the system where it is weakest are emerging in some states.

DLC | New Dem Daily | July 9, 2003
The Big Bad Picture on Health Care
Ultimately our approaches to the nation's health care problems (the uninsured, prescription drug coverage, Medicare reform, among others) must be measured by the actual health of our citizens, and how successful we are in treating them with the best medicine available.

DLC | New Dem Daily | February 28, 2003
Idea of the Week: Boosting Health Care Quality To Cut Costs
As much as 30 percent of medical spending does not improve a patient's health or satisfaction. The way out of the apparent conflict between health care quality and rising costs is to promote better quality to eliminate ineffective medicine.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 21, 2002
Communicating Health Care
By Peter Ross Range
Post-Sept. 11, building a health care information infrastructure should be a national priority.

DLC | New Dem Daily | June 8, 2001
Idea of the Week: A Health Consumer's Right To Know
The Health Care Financing Administration will soon make available comparative data on the quality of care delivered by nursing homes, health plans, doctors and hospitals participating in the Medicare program. It's an important first step towards a competitive, pro-consumer health services market.

DLC | New Dem Daily | March 6, 2001
The Health Care Quality Crisis
To hear the debate in Washington in recent years, you'd think the only threat to health care quality in the United States comes from managed care plans that interfere with decisions by physicians and hospitals. But you'd be wrong.

DLC | New Dem Daily | October 27, 2000
Idea of the Week: A Regional Purchasing Pool for Prescription Drugs
Governors Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Howard Dean (D-VT) and Angus King (I-ME) have jointly announced that their three states will come together to create a regional purchasing pool for prescription drugs to help create a buyer's market for Medicaid beneficiaries, and ultimately, for uninsured and under-insured citizens.

DLC | New Dem Daily | August 24, 2000
Rx for Prescription Drug Costs
The rising cost of prescription drugs -- both for Medicare recipients and for others whose health insurance does not cover them -- is one of the hottest topics in U.S. politics this year. In a new policy backgrounder, Progressive Policy Institute Senior Economist Jeff Lemieux has identified "Two Simple Ideas to Reduce Prescription Drug Prices" that Congress could act on immediately without significant new federal costs or other negative side effects.

PPI | Backgrounder | August 22, 2000
Two Simple Ideas to Reduce Prescription Drug Prices
By Jeff Lemieux
1.) Allow consumers, patients, and health plans to petition the FDA to convert certain safe, easy-to-use drugs from prescription status to less expensive over-the-counter availability. 2.) Repeal the "best price" rule in the Medicaid drug rebate law, which doesn't save the government the money it's supposed to, and artificially keeps drug costs high.

Blueprint | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2000
Is Your Personal Health Information Really Safe?
By Katie Donohue
Why the online industry must provide tighter safeguards.

Blueprint | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2000
Where's Mine?
By Michael L. Millenson
For 90 years, reformers have tried to emplower consumers with reports on the quality of care. Mostly, they have failed.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2000
2001: A Personal Health Space Odyssey
By Katie Donohue
Store your health records. Talk to your doctor. Fill a perscription. All online and free, say boosters. But serious privacy issues must still be resolved.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2000
44,000,000 & 98,000
By Al From
There are eight steps to start the consumer revolution in health care.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2000
A Patients' Bill of Rights
By Jeff Lemeiux
A debate about power relationships.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2000
Blueprint Magazine: The Health Care Issue
By Peter Ross Range
Health care has clearly moved back to the top of the national political agenda. People seek guidance in the struggle to find choice and control in a system now dominated by insurance companies, employers and health professionals.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2000
Can Consumers Judge?
By David Lansky
We already have many of the tools to measure how well doctors perform, but we don't use them.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2000
Failing Report Cards
By David Lansky
To be effective, they need to be based on the conerns of the patient.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2000
Learning Health for Life
By Judy Packer-Tursman
K-12 health education reduces bad lifestyle choices later on.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2000
Leveling the Playing Field
By Regina E. Herzlinger
The SEC transformed securities markets during the Great Depression. It's time to do the same for health care markets.

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