Category Archives: Medicare

Medicare 101: New Vouchers and Change to Medicare

My last long article was about the first privatization of Medicare.  Current proposals to privatize  focus on Premium support and Vouchers.   This will change Medicare’s structure, what it covers, and how services are paid. The following is a quick … Continue reading

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Privatizing Medicare and Me: A Story from the First Privatizing

I was the Medicare Marketing Director at a private for profit health insurance company in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and the first attempt to privatize Medicare during the Reagan Administration. That job made me the ardent consumer advocate … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience– $40 million executive bonus and what $40 million could cover

 Health care is a top issue in the presidential race, but unmentioned is the $40. 2 million Golden Parachute for Humana’s CEO if the proposed merger with Aetna is approved.  “Humana CEO Bruce Broussard is primed for a huge payday. … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience–2—Blockades vs. Building Blocks

Health Care Reform and Its Blockades We have been fighting over state vs. federal regulation of insurance since 1869 when the Supreme Court ruled that “issuing a policy of insurance is not a transaction of commerce.” When Teddy Roosevelt introduced … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call To Conscience not Calculators

The American Health Care Machine and You:  A Call to Conscience not Calculators ©.    Our health care system fails us.  It fails us not only as patients it fails the many health professionals who are also victims of the rules, … Continue reading

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Who Have We Become?

Speaker Paul Ryan’s new call to repeal the Affordable Care Act is either a bluff or completely blind and heartless. Imperfect as it is—and the legislation certainly has flaws—the Act assures people have access to health insurance even with a … Continue reading

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Congress Tackles Drug Prices: Much Bipartisan Support; and Recent Trends in Drug Costs Here and What Other Countries Pay

Finally it looks like Congress might just re-visit Medicare Part D and let Medicare negotiate rates with drug companies.   See charts below: http://www.statnews.com/2015/12/01/stat-harvard-drug-prices-poll/  The VA and Medicaid can negotiate rates. Senate Special Committee on Aging holds drug costs hearing December … Continue reading

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Drug Costs and Congress: Investments, Contributions and You

A scathing new article on Congress and its financial conflicts of interests with drug and device companies appears in STAT, a news firm specializing in health and science. It examines Senators and Representatives who have oversight of the FDA and … Continue reading

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What You CAN Do About Prescription Drug Costs

What American’s Think About Prices and What You Can Do                      “Corporations now spend at least $2.6 billion a year lobbying Congress—more than the $2 billion taxpayers spend funding the House and the Senate.”  The Week, July 31, 2015 What … Continue reading

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$10,000 Health Design Contestant Creates Model for Colorado

In 2002, I sponsored a $10,000 contest to build an American health system.  We held the contest then built CodeBlueNow! to assure the public had a voice in reform: www.codebluenow.org. We closed our doors in 2010 with the passage of the … Continue reading

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