Joseph White
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Joe White is Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy, Chair of the Department of Political Science, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Director of the Center for Policy Studies at Case Western Reserve University. He earned his AB in Political Science from the University of Chicago and his MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. His research has focused on federal budget policy and politics, international health care systems, entitlements, and health care cost control. His research on health care policy and politics includes two books: False Alarm: Why the Greatest Threat to Social Security and Medicare is the Campaign to “Save” Them (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001; paperback with new afterword, 2003), and Competing Solutions: American Health Care Proposals and International Experience (Washington, DC: Brookings, 1995). Among his articles are “Markets and Medical Care: The United States, 1993-2005.” The Milbank Quarterly 85:3 (September 2007), and “The Obama Administration’s Options for Health Care Cost Control: Hope vs. Reality,” with Theodore R. Marmor and Jonathan Oberlander. Annals of Internal Medicine 150, No. 7 (7 April 2009).

Recent Posts by Joseph White

The Mixed (De)Merits Of ‘Bending The Cost Curve’

Political scientists emphasize the importance of “framing” in policy debates.  The health care cost control debate in the United States has been reframed by the promotion of a metaphor, “bending the curve.”  This metaphor has merits but they are decidedly mixed. The sudden popularity of the...

Cadillacs Or Ambulances? The Senate Tax On ‘Excessive’ Benefits

Editor’s Note: For more on the controversy over taxing high-cost health plans, see “Taxing Cadillac Health Plans May Produce Chevy Results,” a Health Affairs Web First article by Jon Gabel and coauthors published today. The Senate “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”...

Dangerous Confusion On Medicare Cost Control

In a May 15 Health Affairs Blog post, Jeff Goldsmith argues against creating a new Medicare-like public health insurance plan to compete with private plans. As part of his argument, Goldsmith asserts that Medicare has done a worse job of controlling costs than private insurers have done....