In the give and take of politics, the Democratic debaters emphasize the “give”—the “take” not so much. To get to universal healthcare, what would you have to give up? Your employer-provided, tax-free medical insurance—right away for Bernie’s plan, in a few years for the others Prompt surgery for agonizing pain—read how “Amy” suffered for years […]
Consider the Perils of “Single Payer,” the ObamaCare End Game, Warns the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)
Tucson, Ariz. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump have all expressed support for “universal” or “single payer” health coverage, although Trump is now advocating free-enterprise solutions, notes the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). “A total government takeover is likely to be the proposed solution when the failure of ObamaCare becomes plain,” stated […]
This week’s health policy news roundup curated by Jane Orient, M.D. The Sanders repeal-and-replace plan is government healthcare for all. Why have insurance companies as intermediaries, proponents ask. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430045/bernie-sanders-single-payer-disaster The Sanders plan would abolish private insurance and cover literally everything: “from inpatient to outpatient care; preventive to emergency care; primary care to specialty care, including […]
By Tamzin Rosenwasser, M.D. A “single-payer” system for financing medical care accomplishes a few things. It destroys a vital freedom for millions, and it concentrates power in the hands of a few. The theory sounds as though it would simplify things, which may make it attractive at first glance, especially to those who do not […]
By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, MD – http://herplace.com As an independent physician advocate for patients against restrictions of “establishment medicine,” I greatly admire that both Senator Cruz and Donald Trump have been unafraid to speak the truth about critical issues that affect the very survival of our country. I applaud Trump and Cruz for boldly stating […]
By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. Medicare was signed into law on July 31, 1965, by President Lyndon Johnson. Unlike ObamaCare, Medicare had broad bipartisan support. It is Title 18 of the Social Security Act. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is in charge, but […]
This week’s health policy news roundup curated by Jane Orient, M.D. Health insurers throughout the U.S. are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected, writes Robert Pear. The rate requests are the first to reflect […]
This week’s health policy news roundup curated by Jane Orient, M.D. It was already apparent in 2014 that the Affordable Care Act forces people to buy catastrophic policies at first-dollar coverage prices. Less well known is that although the ACA requires health plans to spend 80% – 85% of premiums on medical care, corporate data […]
By Gerard Gianoli, M.D., F.A.C.S. – http://www.EarAndBalance.net/ Shopping around is something we do to get the best quality and the best price for our needs. Without price transparency and the ability to shop there is no free market. Imagine if you were limited to one store and didn’t know how much something would cost until […]
Obama Administration tries to mollify doctors by teleconference, accuse dissenters of spreading myths.
On Aug 28, the Obama Administration hosted a nationwide call-in for physicians, in which more than 1,900 physicians participated. It was said to be “closed to the press” so that a “conversation” could occur.