Category Archives: Health reform

Discussion on the public policies related to health care in the US.

ANYONE WANT A FREE HOUSE?

The following email message was sent to me and provides about the best analogy of the recent healthcare legislation (ObamaCare) of any I have seen to date. It is reproduced below in its entirety: I was in my neighborhood restaurant … Continue reading

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Committee Report Says Government is Cause of Drug Shortage

According to a report issued June 15th by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives, the widespread shortages of generic injectable medications are due to two main factors. The first is growing market concentration over … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court’s Decision and its Impact on Health Care Reform

Now the fate of the Affordable Care Act rests with the highest court in the land. Observers have analyzed the questions asked by the justices in an attempt to read their respective minds. How are they leaning? Were the questions … Continue reading

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Huge subsidy funding discrepancy in President’s budget proposal

It comes as no surprise that the Obama Administration’s cost estimates for a key provision of the Affordable Care Act have increased by $111 billion compared to last year’s budget. When House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp asked Health … Continue reading

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Congress fails once again to fix the SGR formula

Once again, Congress missed an opportunity to resolve its annual dilemma wrangling over how to correct the continuing problem of the Medicare reimbursement cliff for physicians created by the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. Almost since Congress first pursued legislation … Continue reading

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Defensive medicine among orthopedic surgeons costs US $2 billion

In an article published in the February issue of the American Journal of Orthopedics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers estimate that U.S. orthopedic surgeons create approximately $2 billion per year in unnecessary health care costs associated with orthopedic care due … Continue reading

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Catholic bishops call HHS new rule “literally unconscionable”

In August 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services issued an interim final rule  that would require most health insurance plans to cover preventive services for women including recommended contraceptive services without charging a co-pay, co-insurance or a deductible. … Continue reading

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Affordable Health Care for Baby-Boomers: At What Price?

On May 13, 2011, the Medicare Trustees Report was released showing that while Medicare remains solvent longer than expected prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act, challenges remain for securing the long term financial health of the Medicare program. … Continue reading

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Is Rationing of Health Care Ethical?

A recent New York Times article entitled “New Kidney Transplant Policy Would Favor Younger Patients” references a proposal being considered by the nation’s organ transplant network to allocate organs in an alternative manner than the present first-come-first-served system. The article … Continue reading

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Health Care Repeal Vote Followed the Money

The [Senate] collectively voted in alignment with their monied interests as much as along party lines. Continue reading

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