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America's already costly and complicated health care system is facing an enormous new burden, as COVID-19 spreads across the country. Fighting this virus and fixing the flaws it has revealed in our health care system will require us to tackle hard questions with no easy answers. It will require Tradeoffs. Long-time health care reporter Dan Gorenstein hosts an examination of health care, policy, and people; and the weighty decisions we all find ourselves faced with.

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America's already costly and complicated health care system is facing an enormous new burden, as COVID-19 spreads across the country. Fighting this virus and fixing the flaws it has revealed in our health care system will require us to tackle hard questions with no easy answers. It will require Tradeoffs. Long-time health care reporter Dan Gorenstein hosts an examination of health care, policy, and people; and the weighty decisions we all find ourselves faced with.

    Will the Federal Ban on Surprise Medical Bills Work?

    Will the Federal Ban on Surprise Medical Bills Work?

    At the end of 2020, Congress finally passed legislation protecting patients from surprise out-of-network medical bills. We dig into the research to understand what we can expect from this long-awaited policy fix.


    Guests:
    Sayeh Nikpay, PhD, Tradeoffs Contributing Research Editor; Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota
    Benjamin Chartock, Associate Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; PhD Candidate, Wharton School


    Dig deeper into the research discussed in this episode: https://tradeoffs.org/2021/02/25/will-the-federal-ban-on-surprise-medical-bills-work


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    The High Price of Lowering Health Costs for 150 Million Americans

    The High Price of Lowering Health Costs for 150 Million Americans

    Employers are clashing with hospitals, insurers and even their own workers over high health care prices. We meet some of the businesses, unions and advocates on the frontlines of this battle that could determine the fate of employer-based insurance.
    Listener warning: This episode does contain sensitive language


    Guests:
    Marilyn Bartlett, CPA, CMA, CFM, Senior Policy Fellow, National Academy for State Health Policy, and former administrator of Montana state employee health plan
    Mike Chernew, PhD, Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
    Will Haynes, 32BJ union member
    Elizabeth Mitchell, CEO, Purchaser Business Group on Health
    Sara Rothstein, Director, 32BJ Health Fund
    Gloria Sachdev, PharmD, President and CEO, Employers’ Forum of Indiana
    Rep. Donna Schaibley, Indiana House of Representatives
    Candace Shaffer, Senior Director of Benefits, Purdue University
    Bob Smith, MBA, Executive Director, Colorado Business Group on Health


    You can find more of our research online: https://tradeoffs.org/2021/02/18/the-high-price-of-lowering-health-costs


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    • 32 min
    Fixing Health Care's 'Leaky Pipes' Could Save the U.S. $340 Billion

    Fixing Health Care's 'Leaky Pipes' Could Save the U.S. $340 Billion

    The U.S. health care system is full of wasteful spending. A group of top health economists say a bunch of small changes could save the country big money.


    Guests:
    Zack Cooper, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Health and of Economics, Yale University
    Mario Macis, PhD, Professor of Economics, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
    Fiona Scott Morton, PhD, Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics, Yale University
    Neale Mahoney, PhD, Professor of Economics, Stanford University
    Elizabeth Fowler, JD, PhD, Executive Vice President for Programs, Commonwealth Fund


    Learn more about the 1% Project and read a full transcript of this episode on our website: https://tradeoffs.org/2021/02/11/fixing-health-cares-leaky-pipes-could-save-340-billion/


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    • 15 min
    Death, Disease and Denial: Combating COVID in the ER

    Death, Disease and Denial: Combating COVID in the ER

    Doctors and nurses can feel as if they’re living in two worlds. One in which patients are getting sick and dying from the coronavirus, and another in which people deny the virus is real. Emergency room physician Mike Hunihan describes what it’s like to live and work with that dissonance.


    Guest:
    Michael Hunihan, M.D.


    View a full transcript of this episode: https://tradeoffs.org/2021/02/04/death-disease-and-denial-combating-covid-in-the-er/


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    • 13 min
    Xavier Becerra: Get to Know Biden's Pick to Lead HHS

    Xavier Becerra: Get to Know Biden's Pick to Lead HHS

    Who is Xavier Becerra? We explore Becerra's health policy record, what drives his views and what he could do about the country's health care consolidation problem.


    Guests:


    Peter Lee, JD, Executive Director, Covered California
    Richard Scheffler, PhD, Director, Nicholas C. Petris Center
    Aditi Sen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Lanhee Chen, PhD, David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies, Hoover Institution


    Learn more about Xavier Becerra and what HHS can do about consolidation in health care on our website: https://tradeoffs.org/2021/01/28/xavier-becerra-get-to-know-bidens-pick-to-lead-hhs/


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    • 22 min
    ‘The Ten Year War’ Over Obamacare (and the Battles Ahead)

    ‘The Ten Year War’ Over Obamacare (and the Battles Ahead)

    Democrats are returning to the White House and the Senate majority with a long health policy to-do list. Reporter Jonathan Cohn says the battle over Obamacare offers lessons and clues as to where the party’s “unfinished crusade for universal coverage” may head next.


    Guest: Jonathan Cohn, HuffPost senior national correspondent and author of "The Ten Year War: Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage"


    You can find a complete transcript of this conversation on our website: https://tradeoffs.org/2021/01/21/the-ten-year-war-over-obamacare/


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