Bryan Dowd is a professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota. His areas of research are public and private health insurance and econometrics.


Recent Posts by Bryan Dowd

Loathing And Loving As A Pathway To Meaningful Health Care Reform

Democrats and Republicans each need to decide what they want so much that they would be willing to accept something they really loathe in exchange in order to reach consensus on a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Competitive Bidding In Medicare: A Response To The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Proposal

Competitive bidding underlies a growing body of proposals to control costs and increase the efficiency of the Medicare program. One of the most recent proposals for competitive bidding was released by the Bipartisan Policy Center, a distinguished group that includes two former Senate Majority...

Improving The Rhetoric Of Rationing: Part 2

Note: In part 1 of this post, we offered a more precise definition of rationing. In part 2 of this post below, we describe the type of health plan we would like for ourselves and our families. In addition to misusing the term “rationing,” another important impediment to productive...

Improving The Rhetoric Of Rationing: Part 1

Note: Rationing of health care services is a contentious topic and in our view, current discussions of rationing often are unproductive or harmful. We suggest two reasons for that result. First the discussants are imprecise in their use of the term rationing – often for politically motivated...