Berwick and Healthcare Reform

Obama's recess appointment of Donald Berwick to head CMS does not bode well for the supply-side of the U.S. health care system.

Berwick is not only incredibly cynical and bearish on the U.S. health system, he seems to believe that the source of remedy for what ails the system will come entirely through rationing demand.


Raising the Social Security Retirement Age

In a recent interview, U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner suggests that raising the Social Security retirement age to 70 will help avoid a collapse in the entitlement system.


Congress is Considering Annuities to Help Retirees Address Longevity Risk

Through the Senate Special Committee on Aging, U.S. lawmakers and regulators have been conducting hearings focused on retirement security issues. The hearings are a follow-up to a recent request for comment on the same topic from the U.S. Labor and Treasury Departments.

Longevity and Healthcare Cost Correlation

A recent research brief from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College confirms that correlation between longevity and higher healthcare costs.

Genome Sequencing Represents a Gusher of Productivity in Healthcare

While the national debate on healthcare comes to a climax in Congress, there is clear evidence of enormous productivity gains in healthcare. It is reported that the cost of genome sequencing continues to plummet in a Moore's Law fashion. The total cost of sequencing an entire human genome started at $3 billion.
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