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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 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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A Place for Your Voice and A Chance to be Heard–From the Heart Again

In 1995, I interviewed the President of the Kaiser Family Foundation for an article in HMO Magazine, which was published by the Group Health Association of America.  The issues about about a public voice are depressingly the same! “Unless we … 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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“IT Depends”–Why America’s Health Care IS All Dollars and No Sense–And What YOU Can Do

 Why America’s Health Care is All Dollars and No Sense and What You Can Do © (excerpt–page 5)   “A Clear Concise Guide to America’s Health Care” Health Care is foreign territory. Unlike foreign countries there is no embassy or safe … Continue reading

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What Hospital Executives Earn: Part III–What You Can Do

Every day since June 2013 people have opened the  story:  “What Hospital Executives Earn.”   Sometimes one person, sometimes 13 or 14 and sometimes 4 or 5, but it is opened every day.  Some click on the link to the … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget: A Look at Nixon’s Health Reform

In sorting through old papers I found an article about Nixon’s 1974 health reform proposal. Here is why he proposed reform: The cost of a day in a hospital exceeds $110 The average cost of delivering a baby and postnatal … Continue reading

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Health Care Technology, Innovation and Costs: Who Decides??

In June 2013, we raised the question about who decides coverage for health care technology, medications and devices. We even looked at the role of venture capital firms in health care treatments and their costs. http://oconnorreport.com/2013/06/special-report-worth-the-cost-and-benefit-drugs-and-devices-who-decides/ If there were a … Continue reading

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Hospital CEO Compensation and Community Benefit: Where is Accountability?

In June, we reported on hospital CEO Compensation in Washington State.  The compensation—as self reported by the hospitals to the Washington State Department of Health in May 2013—showed a wide range. The top four CEOs were: Gary Kaplan, MD, Virginia … Continue reading

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