Tag Archives: Congress

Taxes on Drug and Device Companies Removed in Repeal Plan: Insurers and Health Care Industry Concerns

Repeal proposes cutting taxes on Pharmaceutical and Medical Devise Companies while raising costs for elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.  The CEO of Blue Cross of California opposes current reform proposals, citing cost increases for individuals and families and harm … Continue reading

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A Call to Conscience-Pre-existing condition changes and Limits on Patient Legal Options

This is a quick blog about some disturbing issues pending in Congress.  First is the new call to eliminate pre-existing condition protection. The intent is to repeal the protection and leave the matter to the states.  In the past there … Continue reading

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Current ACA Medicaid: A Quick Guide–Poverty, Children, Disabled and Seniors

Medicaid, Poverty, Children, the Disabled, and Seniors               March 7, 2017 Before examining the proposed changes to Medicaid, here are quick facts about Medicaid as it now exists under the ACA (Affordable Care Act … Continue reading

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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 Real Price of Silence

My son was killed in a car accident 25 years ago this month.  He was proud of my work for health reform so I cannot remain silent now as major changes loom.  We live with a system that can be … Continue reading

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American Health Care and You: A Call to Conscience–Our Veterans and the ACA

Today, November 11 is Veterans’ Day a day to remember and honor those who served our country. Yet now nearly 25% of our veterans are homeless.  Over 20 commit suicide every day. They fought grizzly wars for us in Korea … 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–You Can’t Build a Ship Unless You Know Its Supposed to Float

Our nation’s endless decades’ old fight about health care has prevented us from even examining what a health system is supposed to do.  Lacking a clear vision, we have been unable to chart a viable much less sustainable course. From … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience–Human Consequences of Turning A Blind Eye

“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi “Let your conscience be your guide” is a conviction we have not learned as a society when it comes to health care. As a country we … Continue reading

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