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Health Care


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President Barack Obama has touted his infamous health care law as this country's greatest health care reform proposal, but as you and I both know, the most innovative and successful health care reforms are happening in the private sector and at the local level. Just this past week, the Washington Post highlighted a cutting-edge grant opportunity from the privately-funded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that seeks to use data and expertise from physicians and hospitals on "super utilizer" patients to figure out why these 5 percent of patients represent 60 percent of our health care costs and how to fix that inequity. If we are to reform health care and control costs, we have to understand why so few patients are responsible for so much of our health care spending. More spending is not the answer, but smarter spending certainly has a role to play.

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