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Insurers Consolidate and Merge and A Quick History of Health Care Reform: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

No matter what the Supreme Court Decides Much remains to be done.  Insurance is regulated at the state level.  Even if subsidies are approved, more fights remain ahead.  http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/NationalHealthExpendData/NHE-Fact-Sheet.html Insurance company consolidation: “Merger activity is heating up now because the … Continue reading

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Selected testimonials–3rd Edition The Buck Still Stops Nowhere

The Buck Still Stops Nowhere:  Selected Testimonials Third Edition Kathleen O’Connor’s updated The Buck Stops Nowhere is a great place for Americans to familiarize themselves with the major flaws in our health care system. And no one attacks this set of problems with … Continue reading

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From the Heart: Too Many Mired Mantras

New attempts after attempts to slaughter the Affordable Care Act drive stakes into my heart.  I cannot be silent and remain true to myself and others. From 2003 to 2009 we at CodeBlueNow! had the honor of working with the … Continue reading

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Washington State Health Exchange Exceeds 2018 Projections

The Bi-Partisan Alliance for Health Reform in Washington DC features Washington State’s Health Exchange.  Washington State’s enrollment to date exceeded its 2018 projections.  See:  http://www.allhealth.org/  (September 2014) Coming Soon: • Individual Stories: Gifts From A Stroke: A Hard Look At … Continue reading

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Special Report: Health Care as Creed, Greed and Compensation

Introduction:  Listening to all the debates, accounts and news about the Affordable Care Act took me back to my  book:  The Buck Stops Nowhere:  Why America’s Health Care Is All Dollars and No Sense, first published in 2001. In Chapter 4, … 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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National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategies

The current Integrator Blog looks at a new study from Group Health Cooperative on including CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) providers in patient satisfaction and health outcomes.   See the story and a link to the article http://theintegratorblog.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=724&Itemid=189 The timing is … Continue reading

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Some thoughts about Medicare Advantage and Medicare HMO’s

This op-ed originally ran in The Seattle Times in July 2000.  At that time, the Medicare HMO’s were being dumped in droves.  When thinking about changes in Medicare now and the Medicare Advantage program–the same thing is going to happen.  … Continue reading

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A terrific resource

If our health care system were simple, it might be easier to make out what is happening legislatively and who is and who isn’t impacted by the Affordable Care Act.  For health care policy novices, there is a law called … 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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