The first Democratic presidential debate could barely scratch the surface. All 10 candidates say they favor universal health care as a human right, but what does this mean? Follow-up questions to ask: 1. How many private health plans would you cancel? Should plans that duplicate Medicare-for-all coverage be outlawed? What about Direct Primary Care (DPC) […]
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 Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD Since the day the Affordable Care Act was enacted, we have been subjected to the “repeal and replace” mantra. Replacement offerings are basically slimmed down versions of the ACA. A few brave souls have proposed a straightforward repeal. Of course, such bills were merely making political hay since Obama would […]
Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD summarizes recent healthcare-related legislative activity on Capitol Hill. Three House Bills Approved on July 29, 2015 by House Energy and Commerce Committee Thank goodness, this was not endorsing selling fetal tissue to the highest bidder. 1) H.R. 2820, Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2015 authored by Reps. Chris […]
Concerned Vermont physicians and patients are airing TV ads to combat the state’s “Universal Care” law which will outlaw private insurance by 2017. In addition the law authorizes a state board with power over every aspect of health care financing and delivery. The government will unavoidably intrude into clinical decisions and limit access to care. […]
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.
Myth 16. In countries with government-funded health care, people get immediate care in emergencies, though they may have to wait for elective procedures.
The usual response to concerns about the months-long waiting lists for surgery in Canada and Britain is that this is a mere inconvenience, a small price to pay for universal “free” care. If you have a really serious need, you’ll get immediate attention—or so Michael Moore and others tell us.
Myth 7. Universal coverage, enforced through an individual mandate, as in Massachusetts, will achieve universal access and reduce costs.
According to the implicit hypothesis underlying the rush to “health care reform,” the main barrier to ideal care for all at an affordable cost is the absence of universal “coverage”—payment and supervision—by an appropriate (governmental or government-credentialed) third party.
Myth 6: Life expectancy is longer in other countries because they have universal tax-funded medical coverage, and the U.S. does not.
The longest-lived people are probably the Japanese. They have good genes, are seldom overweight, and eat lots of fish. They have had a government-funded medical system since 1927—and they also have a robust private medical sector. Japanese, like all people except Canadians and North Koreans, are not restricted to a “single” (government) payer. How do […]
Myth 4: Infant mortality is lower in other countries because they have “universal” tax-funded medical care, and the U.S. does not.
A number of countries report lower infant mortality than the U.S., but it has nothing to do with the source of payment for medical care.