How government price fixing broke healthcare

Editor's Name,

____ ______ suggested I pitch you on the article I wrote for my Novak Fellowship. 

We know that healthcare in America costs too much, that there are too many specialists and not enough primary care doctors. But why? It turns out the government has allowed a secretive committee of specialists run by the AMA to play a large role in setting Medicare's prices. To report the article, I spoke with a group of doctors who sued Medicare, two former CMS administrators and the Harvard professor who designed Medicare's Part B pricing system.

The main character of my article is a Georgia family doctor who once took on Big Tobacco. Now he is taking on Medicare and its special relationship with the AMA.  Fischer and his colleagues lost the suit because Congress has barred the courts from reviewing Medicare's prices.

“People should try to limit their healthcare to one doctor over time,” Dr. Fischer told me. “Doctors are dangerous. The more doctors you have, the more danger you are in.” I spent a day with Fischer watching him treat patients to see primary care firsthand. I also witnessed the risky - and expensive - effects of Medicare's bad incentives. These incentives affect all Americans, not just those on Medicare, because most private insurers base their payments on Medicare's. 

I have a draft of the article already written. I'd be happy to send it along or revise it to your specifications. 

Thanks for your time,


Topics I'd like to write about.

Fixing Medicare's prices: I recently completed a year-long journalism fellowship. The main product of my fellowship is a 7,800-word magazine-style piece. Part of the reason I am taking this class is to get this article (or if necessary, pieces of it) published. 

For the article I spent a day seeing patients with a doctor who sued Medicare over how it sets prices and I interviewed 15 other sources, including two former Medicare administrators.

I am also interested in writing about other aspects of healthcare, public policy and economics.