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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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Interesting Stories on ER Costs and More

I am in the throes of moving, but I found this article of interest, especially since it originates with a hospital north of Spokane, Washington. Not quite in my backyard, but close enough to be of interest.  I don’t have … 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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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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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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