Posts Tagged ‘Healthcare’

Single-Payer Reality Therapy

March 21, 2014

Last week the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging held a hearing on “What the US Health Care System Can Learn from Other Countries.” Republican Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina knows all about health care, probably due to his distinguished career selling lawnmowers. Mr. Burr made the usual counter-factual GOP assertions about healthcare delivery, thinly disguised as questions to Dr. Danielle Martin, MD, Vice-President of Medical Affairs & Health System Solutions at Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital. Dr. Martin immediately administered reality therapy (above).

Senator Burr: “On average, how many Canadian patients on a waiting list die each year? Do you know?”

Dr. Martin: “I don’t, sir, but I know that there are 45,000 in America who die waiting because they don’t have insurance at all.”

More:

“Watch an expert teach a smug U.S. senator about Canadian healthcare,” Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times

 “Dr. Danielle Martin gives Washington a lesson on Canadian health care,”  Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC News

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GOP Monomania: ‘Kill Obamacare!’

September 22, 2013

GOP Monomania: 'Obamacare!'
The Republican majority in the House of Representatives has voted to shut down the federal government unless the Affordable Health Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) is shut down. Since they took over the House in 2011, Republicans have voted to repeal Obamacare 42 times, roughly once every 24 days. Who says this is an unproductive Congress?

The GOP’s Tea Party legislative strategy is simple: Extortion. Its political philosophy is best summed up by Marlon Brando:

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Paul Ryan’s Healthcare Reform Crusade

April 18, 2013

Paul Ryan's Hralthcare Reform Crusade

“We are not going to give up on destroying the healthcare system for the American people.”

— House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R, WI-1)

Source: The Hill

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GOP Healthcare Plan

April 4, 2013

GOP Heaslthcare Plan

Republicans have an eight-point healthcare plan to replace “Obamacare” insurance coverage with tax cuts for the rich.

“This isn’t a plan to ‘replace Obamacare.’ It’s a plan to do the opposite of replacing Obamacare. It’s as if I said I had a plan to fix the house by replacing the leaky roof, and you said you had a plan to fix the house by getting rid of the roof.”

– “The Republican plan for replacing Obamacare doesn’t replace Obamacare,” Ezra Klein, Washington Post blog

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Dr. Goldacre’s American House Call

February 6, 2013

Dr Goldacre's American House Call

Writer and physician Ben Goldacre is coming to the USA and Canada this month:

“Ben Goldacre’s Bad Pharma North American Tour,” Scott Gavura, Science-Based Pharmacy

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Healthcare Reform & Jobs

November 12, 2012

Healthcare Reform & Jobs

Will “ObamaCare” kill jobs? The new Affordable Care Act healthcare reform law is modeled after the Massachusetts healthcare law, “RomneyCare,” and the Urban Institute recently studied the situation there. So has RomneyCare killed jobs in Massachusetts?

No.

“Will the Affordable Care Act Be a Job Killer?” Lisa Dubay, John Holahan, Sharon K. Long, and Emily Lawton, Urban Institute Health Policy Center

But beware. ObamaCare will affect your job if your boss is a lunatic, right-wing, GOP ideologue:

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Ryan Tells His Medicare Plans to Oldsters. They Boo.

September 21, 2012

Ryan Tells His Medicare Plans to Oldsters. They Boo.

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke to the national AARP convention on Friday about his plans to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “The first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare, because it represents the worst of both worlds,” he said. In response, the jolly gathering of grandparents booed the pompous little twerp. He went on to propose privatizing Medicare and giving seniors healthcare coupons. He was heckled by an audience old enough to remember the that same plan was pushed 12 years ago by another Republican financial genius, George W. Bush. You know, the GOP MBA President who crashed the world economy. Hey, Paul Ryan’s running mate is a Harvard MBA too!

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Dr. Romney Prescribes Government-Controlled Healthcare

August 1, 2012

Dr. Romney Prescribes Government-Controlled Healthcare

While visiting Israel, Republican presidential hopeful and skilled international statesman Mitt Romney praised that country’s healthcare policy:

“Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? 8 percent. You spend 8 percent of GDP on health care. And you’re a pretty healthy nation. We spend 18 percent of our GDP on health care. 10 percentage points more. That gap, that 10 percent cost, let me compare that with the size of our military. Our military budget is 4 percent. …. We have to find ways, not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to finally manage our health care costs.”

Israel’s health success isn’t due to cultural differences or “the hand of Providence.”  It’s because the Israeli government mandates universal health insurance and actively limits medical costs. Mr. Romney instituted mandatory health insurance as governor of Massachusetts, calling it a matter of personal responsibility. So his flight from that successfully proven public healthcare measure is then “irresponsible,” right? Must be due to an opportunistic infection of political expediency. There’s a lot of that going around.

More:

“Romney praises health care in Israel, where research says ‘strong government influence’ has driven down costs,” Sarah Kliff, Washington Post blog

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Healthcare Reform on a Postcard

June 29, 2012

Healthcare Reform on a Postcard

The Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act yesterday. So what does that mean to you?

– No more lifetime coverage limits on your insurance.

– Annual insurance benefit caps eliminated by 2014.

– No more preexisting condition exclusion for kids.

– Adults with preexisting conditions get help finding coverage; after 2014, all insurers will have to cover everyone.

– Insurance companies can’t drop you when you get sick.

– Kids can stay on thier parents’ insurance until age 26.

 – Seniors get help with that “doughnut hole” in their prescription drug coverage.

– No more co-pays for preventative services in Medicare, and a free annual doctor visit to plan prevention.

– Small businesses get tax credits — up to 50 percent of premium costs—for offering workers health insurance.

– Insurers with excessive administrative costs must give rebates to customers, and all insurance companies must disclose overhead spending.

– Free birth control and other preventative services for women, unless they work for a faith-based organization that opposes it.

“10 Things You Get Now That Obamacare Survived,” Andy Kroll and Nick Baumann, Mother Jones

Want a second opinion? Take your pick:

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What Makes Your Medical Bills So High?

April 26, 2012

Decoding Your Medical Bills
Created by: MedicalBillingAndCodingCertification.net

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