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Balancing the Budget with a Fog of Words

Words hide personal costs: ‘CHIP, Medicaid, Medicare, 100% of poverty ($20,400 for a family of three), covered benefits and ‘CSRs.’ Those programs are targeted to be reduced to balance the federal budget. At the same time current taxes on corporations … Continue reading

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Abandoning Our Children: Hiding Facts in Language?

My last blog lamented cuts to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The program is based on family income or “percent of poverty” allowed income. l  In 2017, poverty income for a family of three could not be more than … Continue reading

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“A Kiss to the Donor Class”

The current Republican tax reform proposal: “…is not aimed at growth. It is not aimed at the middle class. It is at every turn carefully engineered to deliver a kiss to the donor class.”  (former chief of staff at the … Continue reading

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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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Rates, Regulations and Body Parts

Years ago I wrote an article about our Rates, Regulations and Body Parts approach to health care.  This approach has caused thousands of  legislative bills and laws for specific coverage and rates. A few examples include:  Mental health Children’s health … Continue reading

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Medicare, Medicaid and Republican Proposal: What It Means for You

Insurance Insurance is the law of large numbers. Without a long dissertation—here are some basics:  You need many healthy people to offset the costs of sicker people. You need healthy people to offset the costs of older and often sicker … Continue reading

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Our Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness

Our country is founded on essential rights: we are created equal; we all have equal protection under the law and we all have  the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Health care is essential to those rights … Continue reading

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Drug Ads Coming on Facebook!

Yes, drug advertising is coming to Facebook and its new Facebook Health initiative.   Congress allowed direct to consumer advertising in 1997.  Before that time they were not allowed to do so.  One way to try to ‘control’ drug costs … Continue reading

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War on Seniors and the Poor?

Current proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will cause great harm to  seniors and poor families. The proposals also pit the welfare of seniors against the welfare of  children and poor families. Here’s why: Nearly half of … Continue reading

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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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