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Old? Poor? Disabled? Poor Children? Mental Health or Addiction? Our National Shame

Over the last 3 years in Seattle, Washington over 12, 000 people received $10 million dollars in free medical and dental services. The services were provided by volunteer doctors, dentists and social workers, among others. There was a modest admission … Continue reading

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Intensity of the Response

During the Progressive movement in the early 1900’s Teddy Roosevelt ran for president with  the Bull Moose Party after his failed second bid for the presidency.  After the Civil War the  economy boomed, but by 1890 the census showed that … Continue reading

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Going Under the Knife and A 1932 Health Care Report

I go into surgery for a new hip on the 29th.  With so much talk on health care reform  in the election, I want to give a few links to a series of articles I wrote in 2010 about The … Continue reading

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The Inability to Compromise: A Brief Health Reform Outline-1752–2015 (c)

In the 1990’s I asked a respected, seasoned health policy professional 10 years my senior what he saw as the major obstacles to health care reform.  Without skipping a heartbeat he said:  “The inability to compromise.” We Americans actually have … 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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Some Good News on Health Care Horizon!

This agreement isn’t perfect but it’s a start:   http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/16/opinion/keep-patients-healthy-and-doctors-sane.html emc=edit_th_20150416&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=54404043 It matters because:  Health Care is a foreign country– with incomprehensible language, rules, customs, bills and money:  Medicare can’t negotiate drug prices but the VA can. Health care services have not … Continue reading

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Another Under the Radar ACA Battle: Who Can Be a Provider?

The article I am quoting right now is from The Huffington Post, largely labeled as a “liberal” press. I usually do not quote from publications that can be labeled ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative.’ I know The Huffington Post is considered liberal.  But … Continue reading

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Challenges about Navigators, Licensing, Regulation, Medicaid and Call Centers

As of mid-December, 19 states indicated they will develop their own state-based health insurance exchanges.  The majority of these states are in the West, with only Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming and Montana opting not to pursue state-based exchanges at this point.   … Continue reading

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Legislative Malpractice

Nothing Is more terrible than ignorance in action, Goethe With the news that the Senate will not confirm Don Berwick, MD, CMS, Administrator, that expression has moved from ‘ignorance in action’ to ‘maliciousness in action.’ CMS has been leaderless for … Continue reading

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Disposable

They come in all forms—diapers, razor blades, cell phones.   We use them, wear them out and toss them without a thought into the trash to go to some land fill somewhere we will never see.  Hauled off, out of sight. … Continue reading

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