Comparing the potential cost of Medicare for everyone

For The Upshot, Josh Katz, Kevin Quealy, and Margot Sanger-Katz, consulted economists to ask what the cost of Medicare for all might look like:

The proposals themselves are vague on crucial points. More broadly, any Medicare for all system would be influenced by the decisions and actions of parties concerned — patients, health care providers and political actors — in complex, hard-to-predict ways. But seeing the range of responses, and the things that all the experts agree on, can give us some ideas about what Medicare for all could mean for the country’s budget and economy.

The treemap shows the categories of spending, and the overall size of the treemap changes based on the total cost. Blast from the past.

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The Humility of Expertise

  Ed note: Today we welcome Junaid Nabi back to the blog. For more about Junaid, please see the bottom of this post. The following is adapted from a speech that was delivered as one of

Using Evidence to Restructure Healthcare: Lessons for US Lawmakers from the UK

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Day Zero: The impact of Cape Town’s water shortage on public health

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How many people might lose health insurance

The Urban Institute estimated how many people in each state gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Now they might lose it. The New York Times reports.

Oof.

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Oldest Homo sapiens a “nothingburger”? Plus US health care policy approaches The End

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Can US Cities, States Reduce Carbon Emissions without Feds? Coping with Trump and Climate Change

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Mark Zuckerberg supports universal basic income

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Six things we learned from that massive new study of intelligence genes

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Toward designer babies and creating (human?) genomes

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