Tom Daschle Lives On in the Stimulus Package

Those who were fretting that the extinction of Tom Daschle as potential secretary of Health and Human Services might delay health care reform needn’t worry. The inclusion of several stealth provisions in the stimulus package now sailing through Congress will implement, mostly unnoticed, provisions from Daschle’s government-heavy idea of reform in his book, Critical: What […]

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Whole Lotta Health Care Day Dreamin’ Goin’ On

As I noted in a previous posting, our current health care delivery system logs in as a $7,000-per-person-per-year behemoth. And I mean per all 300 million of us. (Do the math: $2.1 trillion divided by 300 mil.) That’s why I get a good laugh everytime I read the results of a new survey. The one […]

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Group Says Single-Payer Can Be Created for $50 Billion

A group going by the name of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) has solved the Riddle of the (Health Care) Sphinx, or so it proclaims. The PDA folk claim that, by just extending Medicare to all Americans (thereby jettisoning, one would presume, all other current health care delivery systems), the country could–bugles blaring, drums rolling–create […]

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Stop Making Sense; No One Is Going to Listen Anyway

If you’re been following the ongoing cyber-debates about how to reform health care, you’ve no doubt run into a lot of wishful thinking, as in, “If the government pays for health care, then it’s free.” Wrong for all kinds of obvious reasons, most notable of which is that either you or your employer is going […]

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Will Health IT Solve This Regulatory Mess?

I‘m usually not a fan of the stuff in the Huffington Post since it’s–let’s just say–a bit past center politically, but in my ongoing research on HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), I came across a first-person account of how HIPAA and other medical regulations affect the delivery of health care in America. […]

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Chances of Health Care Reform: Check Out This List

I found this interesting. It was on some far-left (the author called himself progressive, but he was way off the spectrum) blog, and it’s a list of who’s received the most in campaign donations from the insurance industry, to wit: John McCain (R-AZ) $2,799,156 Barack Obama (D-IL) $2,184,670 Chris Dodd (D-CT) $2,138,446 Earl Pomeroy (Blue […]

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Analysis Correct, But Proposed Solution Doesn’t Add Up

A group calling itself Physicians for National Health Program (PNHP) has issued a press release revealing the failure of Hillarycare as it was resurrected in Massachusetts by former Governor Mitt Romney (who somehow has now seen the light of his transgressions from Republican orthodoxy). Costs are up, services are hard to get, the state is […]

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AHRQ: The (Scary) Little Agency That Thinks It Can

Can do the impossible, that is, which to prescribe which medicines and medical procedures are both most efficacious and most cost-effective. So far, I can find little proof of AHRQ’s accomplishing anything near this goal on the site of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. AHRQ is in the news since it just got […]

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Egads, Our Medical Records Are an Open Book!

Well, not quite. They can’t legally be published online or in a print publication, but they can be shared with too many groups without our consent. Most people have never heard of HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, but that law is the source of what privacy rights we have and […]

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COBRA Is Aptly Named; It Bites Its Victims

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, now known as COBRA, contains a clause allowing employees to keep their company’s health insurance for up to 18 months after they leave their jobs, provided they pay the premiums. With people being laid off right and left and the ranks of the unemployed rapidly swelling, many […]

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