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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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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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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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Health Care for the Economy

I have recently compiled my columns from The Seattle Times from 2000 to 2004.  http://oconnorreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/kathleens-selected-columns-2000-04-final.pdf I am re-printing below one of them which I thought was of particular interest.  It ran in October 2003. We would have to change only a few … Continue reading

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CCMC Final Recommendations: 1932

The CCMC’s final report summarized its earlier findings and recommendations, but it added a new fifth recommendation that would be the final nail in the coffin of the Committee’s work:  Education.  The CCMC believed a group practice model would wholly … Continue reading

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CCMC: Ways to Pay for Care 1932

 This post was erroneously omitted from the series.  In earlier blogs, we noted that the CCMC wanted a health care system founded on community health centers organized around a hospital and managed by a citizen/public non-profit board of directors. But, … Continue reading

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CCMC: Ultimate Objective in the Organization of Medicine

Last week we looked at the Committee’s recommendation. In this e-mail, we flesh out how they thought an ideal medical services system should be organized. The Committee thought it was important to have a clear vision of a goal for … Continue reading

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Essentials of A Satisfactory Medical System

A Continuing Series on the Report of the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care, 1932.                In Chapter Two the CCMC outlined six essential elements or criteria to judge the completeness of a health care system: 1.       “The plan must safeguard the … Continue reading

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O’ConnorReport: Commitee on Costs of Medical Care: 1929 Delivery System

In 1929, when the Committee was formed, most physicians were in private practice, there was no health insurance and 66% of hospital beds were “government controlled.” Medicare or Medicaid did not yet exist.

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