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Phil Longman

Managing Editor/Policy Director

Phillip Longman  is managing editor and policy director at Open Markets Institute.  He is also a senior editor of  Washington Monthly  and a lecturer at Johns Hopkins, where he teaches public policy writing and health care policy.

His work has appeared in such publications as The Atlantic Monthly, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harvard Business Review, The New Republic, The New Statesman, The New York Times Magazine, Politica Exterior, Der Spiegel, and World Politics Review.

His speaking engagements have included addresses and consultations with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Naval War College, the Japan Foundation, and the governments of India and the Russian Federation, the Wharton School of Business, Yale School of Management, and the National Convention of the American Legion.

Latest Work

Axios: The U.S. health care system is full of monopolies

Date Published: June 10, 2019

Axios reporter Sam Baker publishes an exclusive report on Open Markets’ second volume of concentration data looking at consolidation in healthcare-related industry sectors. “America’s health care crisis is brought you by monopoly,” Open Markets policy director Phil Longman told Axios.

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Big Tech Is Spying on Your Wallet

Date Published: April 8, 2019

Open Markets Editorial and Policy Director Phil Longman published a feature piece on the Washington Monthly explaining how corporations primary objective in collecting your personal data is to gouge you. He explains how today’s big tech platforms are no different from historic network industries — railroads and the telegraph — and how considering price discrimination should be an important standard in the national privacy debate.

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Mic: Health Insurance Deadline 2017: What to know about marketplace plans on the last day to apply

Date Published: January 27, 2018

Some antitrust experts are skeptical of whether those benefits will be passed onto consumers. Phillip Longman, policy director at the Open Market Institute and a health policy lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, said the Aetna-CVS merger could create new problems along with the ones it solves. While its scale could indeed deliver savings to consumers, Longman said, that’s only if it’s accomplished without creating a monopoly — which he fears CVS might become if it ends up pushing out other drugstore chains.

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Time to Fight Healthcare Monopolization

Date Published: October 2, 2016

Compared to the discourse in the other party’s nomination process, the debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over health-care reform may have seemed thoughtful and on point. Clinton argued that Sanders’s “Medicare for all” plan was too expensive to ever become law and was also a threat to the progress achieved by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Sanders criticized Clinton for compromising the progressive goal of a single-payer system that would make health care a right.

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Lost in Obamacare

Date Published: May 2, 2015

Buried in Steven Brill’s convoluted tome are important truths about how to reform our health care delivery system.

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After Obamacare

Date Published: February 2, 2014

A frenzy of hospital mergers could leave the typical American family spending 50 percent of its income on health care within ten years—and blaming the Democrats. The solution requires banning price discrimination by monopolistic hospitals.

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