Delta Air Lines: Next Year, Our Health Care Costs Will Increase By ‘Nearly …

Delta Air Lines’s flagship, the Boeing 777-200LR. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) We know that Obamacare will significantly increase the cost of individually-purchased health insurance in nearly every part of the country. But we’ve generally assumed that disruptions in the market for employer-sponsored health insurance will be less severe. In particular, large employers who self-insure should be […]

Mixed Signals on Employee Health Insurance

An authoritative survey found that premiums for family and individual coverage at work — including both the company’s and the worker’s share — have gone up only moderately for the second year in a row, suggesting that health care inflation may finally be abating and that whatever costs the president’s health reforms may add will […]

UPS to End Health Benefits for Spouses of Some Workers

U.P.S., the world’s largest package delivery company, said its decision was prompted in part by “costs associated with” the federal health care law that is commonly called Obamacare. Several health care experts, however, said they believed the company was motivated by a desire to hold down health care costs, rather than because of cost increases […]

Wonkbook: Doctors for higher health-care costs!

Welcome to Wonkbook, Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas’s morning policy news primer. To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism, or ideas to Wonkbook at Gmail dot com. To read more by Ezra and his team, go to Wonkblog. A crucial change in the health-care conversation over the last few years has been the shift in […]

Detroit Looks to Health Law to Ease Costs

Officials say the plan would be part of a broader effort to save Detroit tens of millions of dollars in health costs each year, a major element in a restructuring package that must be approved by a bankruptcy judge. It is being watched closely by municipal leaders around the nation, many of whom complain of […]

More Employers Demand Quality Or Lower Health Plan Pay

More employers are decreasing what they pay health plans and other vendors if they are not achieving high quality health performance, a new study by Aon Hewitt shows. Rubberball/Mike Kemp/Getty Images One in three large employers are decreasing what they pay health plans and wellness companies if they are not achieving desired health care quality performance, […]

How to Factor in Health Costs into Your Retirement Planning

Boomers planning on relying on just Medicare to cover their health-care costs in retirement better think again.     With health care costs rising two to three times faster than inflation over the last few decades, baby boomers in retirement are facing unplanned medical costs that are eating up their nest eggs. Fidelity Investments, which […]

New data show price differences for health procedures – USA Today

Hospitals will now be required to tell patients how much they charge for procedures. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, shown here in an April hearing, says new data will empower health care consumers.(Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP) WASHINGTON — Hospitals will now be required to tell patients how much they charge for procedures, […]

Why Is American Health Care So Ridiculously Expensive?


The U.S. medical system is absurdly expensive. You knew that already. But you probably didn’t realize just how absurdly expensive it is compared to other countries. These 21 graphs (one of them you’ll see above) from the International Federation of Health Plans, via Ezra Klein, start to paint the picture. The average routine office visit […]

Viewpoints: Health coverage: How affordable?

New subsidies will help millions more Californians obtain health insurance. Lifetime limits and pre-existing conditions will no longer be taken into consideration in determining coverage. Already, young adults can remain covered up to age 26 under their parents’ health insurance. All this and more is either in effect or will be implemented in 2014 as […]