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Obamacare and Medicare

So the Sky’s Not Falling Because of Obamacare After All?

You Mean Medicare’s NOT Going Bankrupt? For the third year in a row Medicare Part B premiums will remain unchanged in 2015. This is thanks, in part, to the favorable effects of Obamacare in helping to slow healthcare spending. It seems all those dire predictions about Obamacare being the death knell for Medicare are being […]

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Obamacare Reflects The Divided States of America

Is “United States” An Oxymoron? Well before Obamacare was signed into law, President Obama forgettably told us in his first Inaugural Address that we don’t have a red states or a blue states of America, we have a “United States” of America. No sooner were these words uttered when the Senate leader of the opposition […]

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American Healthcare – Hostage to Politics

Our Politics Prevent True Healthcare Reform An article on MedPage Today caught my attention and got my dander up about our seeming inability to right our collective healthcare ship in America. Entitled “Feds’ $10 Billion Search For Healthcare’s Next Big Ideas“, it concerned itself with Medicare’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation authorized under the Affordable […]

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We Need MORE VHA Health

Whatever the VHA’s Flaws, Private Healthcare’s Worse  This post is a follow-up to my last post on the troubled Veterans Health Administration (VHA), which is under renewed scrutiny following revelations of patient treatment delays that were concealed to make some VHA services look better and generate bonuses for select administrators. This has created sufficient scandal […]

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Obamacare’s Unspoken Risks

Obamacare’s Better Access is a Double-Edged Sword Now that the initial deadline for health insurance enrollment under Obamacare’s mandated coverage requirement has passed, maybe we can all take a breath to consider what achieving its initial 7 million enrollment figure really represents. Its opponents have a lot riding on derailing Obamcare, one way or another […]

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Obamacare Critics Focus on the Lawn While House is Burning Down

Both Obamacare & Its Critics Miss the Big Healthcare Picture A recent column at CommDigiNews caught my attention as it seemed to be one of the less inflammatory broadsides against Obamacare. That this is noteworthy reflects the level of discourse on America’s most divisive political issue. Written by a college professor, it was thankfully short […]

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If Only Obamacare Empowered Patients – Part 2

What Obamacare 2.0 Might Mean for REAL Health Reform  Part 1 of this post explored three things Obamacare fails to do that would empower patients to be smarter consumers of expensive and often dangerous medical services. Part 2 explores how these and related measures would help us get a better handle on healthcare spending that […]

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If Only Obamacare Empowered Patients

What If Obamacare Really Did Something About  Patient Education & Empowerment? The patient-oriented elements of Obamacare have largely to do with free screenings that are often double-edged swords – likely to promote as much unnecessary treatment as true life-saving interventions. What Obamacare doesn’t sufficiently address – and what true healthcare reform requires – is the […]

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Demonizing Obamacare Part of a Larger Anti-Consumer Agenda

The Right’s Anti-Consumer Obamacare Agenda Conservatives love to repeat their mantra that America has the greatest healthcare in the world – and Obamacare is derided as threatening that glorious status quo. Liberals, on the other hand, cite decades of data showing our healthcare is mediocre at best – despite a few areas in which we […]

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Obamacare’s “Bronze” Dead-End: Hidden Prices

Obamacare Bronze Plans Ask Consumers to Shop for Prices They Can’t Find One of the biggest obstacles to Obamacare’s success as healthcare reform isn’t a faulty website or the cancellation of junk health plans, but lack of consumer access to hospital prices. Without it, price competition among hospitals will remain an elusive goal. And without […]

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