Yesterday’s Quote of the Day (“Government supports rotten teeth for patients in poverty”) discussed the Medicaid waivers obtained by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Today’s post continues on that topic. The Goal Was Simplicity; Instead, There’s a Many-Headed Medicaid By Margot Sanger-Katz The New York Times, January 28, 2015 Indiana has become the latest Republican-led state […]
Indiana Will Allow Entry to Medicaid for a Price By Abby Goodnough The New York Times, January 27, 2015 After a lengthy back-and-forth, the Obama administration has agreed to let Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, a Republican, expand Medicaid on his own terms, including some that have not been allowed before under federal rules. The […]
Setting Value-Based Payment Goals — HHS Efforts to Improve U.S. Health Care By Sylvia M. Burwell, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services The New England Journal of Medicine, January 26, 2015 Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded health care coverage and made it affordable to many more Americans, we have the […]
Costs derail Vermont’s dream of a single-payer health plan By Jay Fitzgerald The Boston Globe, January 25, 2015 For decades, liberal activists yearned for a European-style, single-payer health system that they argued would lead to more affordable, efficient, and comprehensive medical coverage for all citizens. When Vermont four years ago enacted a landmark bill to […]
Americans See Healthcare, Low Wages as Top Financial Problems By Art Swift Gallup, January 21, 2015 Healthcare costs and lack of money or low wages rank as the most important financial problems facing American families, each mentioned by 14% of U.S. adults. Gallup has been asking Americans about the most important financial problem facing their […]
Poll of Likely 2016 Voters Progressive Change Institute, Conducted by GBA Strategies, January 9-15, 2015 ￼SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE VIA MEDICARE “Enact a national health plan in which all Americans would get their insurance through an expanded, universal form of Medicare.” 51% Support 36% Oppose 12% Neutral Percent supporting by party 79% Democrat 23% Republican 45% […]
Tax Preparers Brace To Be Bearers Of Bad Health Law News By April Dembosky, KQED and Jeff Cohen, WNPR Kaiser Health News, January 21, 2015 IRS Commissioner John Koskinen declared this tax season one of the most complicated ever, and tax preparers from coast to coast are trying to get ready for the first year […]
In Colorado, Disparity in Health Plan Prices Underscores Ambitions, and Limits, of Affordable Care Act By Reed Abelson and Agustin Armendariz The New York Times, January 19, 2015 An analysis by The New York Times shows that the cost of one midlevel silver plan in Colorado rose 36 percent west of the Rocky Mountains this […]
Second Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, March 25, 1966 “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amanda-moore/martin-luther-king-health-car… **** Oxfam, Issue Brief, January 19, 2015 Global wealth is increasingly being concentrated in the hands of a small wealthy […]
Medicare at 50 — Origins and Evolution By David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., Karen Davis, Ph.D., and Stuart Guterman, M.A. The New England Journal of Medicine, January 14, 2015 Many Americans have never known a world without Medicare. For 50 years, it has been a reliable guarantor of the health and welfare of older and disabled […]
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