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Discussion Paper

Politics and Health Care Spending in the United States

Published: September 2020
Researchers study the 2003 Medicare Modernization to understand the dynamics in politics that encourage increases in healthcare spending.

Reviewing payment increases to hospitals as a result of the 2003 Medical Monetization Act, researchers analyze the impacts of these payment increases on politicians themselves. They find that members of Congress who voted in favor of the act were more likely to represent districts that receive such payment increases, and were also more likely to receive large campaign contributions before and after the program was extended.

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