Peter Orszag



Apr 1, 2014
As policy-making disgraces go, last week's House of Representatives vote for a temporary "doc fix" to avoid a cut in Medicare payments to doctors is hard to beat: It's financed in part through accounting gimmicks.


Mar 5, 2014
We need to embrace failure as a necessary price of growth, in both our economic and political systems. Note that our most dynamic sector — technology — is also the one that is most forgiving of setbacks.


Feb 25, 2014
I have long believed that reforming U.S. medical malpractice laws could bring significant benefits, and new research supports that notion.


Feb 20, 2014
Evidence is spreading that healthcare costs are growing much more slowly than before. Now, it's not just a flattening in Medicare spending; the deceleration has spread to employment, too.


Feb 12, 2014
More than 90 percent of all Medicare spending goes to treating the two-thirds of beneficiaries who suffer from more than one chronic health problem. Giving these people better care for the dollar is the key to increasing the value of the program overall.


Feb 6, 2014
Rich and poor Americans are slowly but surely staking out separate lives. Increasingly, they have been moving to different communities, and more and more they are also marrying people of similar income and educational backgrounds. This is a phenomenon social scientists call assortative mating.


Jan 30, 2014
Thursday's report of fourth-quarter U.S. gross domestic product reveals an odd feature of this recovery: As the economy has expanded, imports have not grown more rapidly. That means expansion in the United States is providing less benefit to other economies than expected.


Jan 29, 2014
The growth in Medicare costs continues to be slow, in what is perhaps the most encouraging fiscal development for the United States in decades. If the healthcare system is to continue to provide better value for Americans, policymakers need to seize this moment.

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