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Brian Blase and Paragon Pic referenced in Axios – April 19, 2024

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Brian Blase
PresidentatParagon Health Institute

Brian Blase, Ph.D., is the President of Paragon Health Institute. Brian was Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House’s National Economic Council (NEC) from 2017-2019, where he coordinated the development and execution of numerous health policies and advised the President, NEC director, and senior officials. After leaving the White House, Brian founded Blase Policy Strategies and serves as its CEO.

Drew Gonshorowski
Senior Research FellowatParagon Health Institute

Drew Gonshorowski is a Senior Research Fellow at Paragon Health Institute. He brings a decade of experience conducting quantitative research and building models examining health policy and entitlement programs.

Emma Gallutia
Research AssistantatParagon Health Institute

Emma Gallutia is a research assistant for Paragon Health Institute.

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On April 19, 2024 Brian Blase and our Paragon Pic “Insurer Stock Prices Soaring After Giant ACA Subsidies” were referenced in Axios’s newsletter “Axios Future of Health Care

From the article:

Insurance companies’ shareholders have done very well over the last decade or so — better than investors in the S&P 500 or even those who invested in a general health care fund, according to an analysis by Paragon Health.

Why it matters: Whatever the impact has been on patients, it’s clear that the evolution of insurers has paid off for those who own stock.

  • “The increase in their stock prices relative to the general growth of the economy — it’s mind-boggling, and I think it’s evidence the government is over-subsidizing health insurers,” said Paragon’s Brian Blase.
  • “I think there’s a value in private plans and it’s not like I’m against private plans in government programs,” he added. “But the design really matters, [and] right now … things have gotten totally out of whack.”

The full article can be found in Axios.

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