Healthcare Reform
New Anti-ACA bills introduced
New Anti-ACA bills introduced
Summaries courtesy of Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD @MSingletonMDJD On January 22, 2015, Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH) with 31 cosponsors introduced and referred to the House Ways and Means Committee H.R. 519, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the individual and employer health insurance mandates. Text not yet available. Bill can be followed at: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr519 On January 21, 2015, the Senate joins the House in introducing another bill to kill the ACA’s individual mandate. On January 21, 2015, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) with 22 co-sponsors introduced and referred to Senate Finance Committee introduced S. 203,... read more
Surviving the Medical Meltdown
Surviving the Medical Meltdown
AAPS Past-President Dr. Lee Hieb's new book Surviving the Medical Meltdown: Your Guide to Living Through the Disaster of Obamacare was released on January 6, 2015 and is now available at Amazon. "Government health care has never in the history of the world, anywhere, delivered the same quality of medical care as has the free market. As we have lost the battle for competitive health care, today we are traveling along the path to a centrally controlled Soviet-style system that means doctor shortages, limited availability of procedures, scarcity of specialized drugs, long wait times, and an overall increased cost for... read more
Despite SOTU, Medicine Still in Crisis
Despite SOTU, Medicine Still in Crisis
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama claimed that the “shadow of crisis” has passed, and all will be well. If Congress tries to unravel any of his achievements, such as the Affordable Care Act, he will use his veto pen. The President stated that in the past year, “about 10 million uninsured Americans finally gained the security of health coverage.” Most of those, however, were added to the Medicaid rolls, notes the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). There was no mention of the millions of Americans who lost their existing coverage and were faced with... read more
The State of My Union
Richard Amerling, MD
The State of My Union
By Richard Amerling, M.D. Our clandestine agent in the White House has obtained a first draft of President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address to Congress. We were told that Mr. Obama wrote this himself, though we cannot be certain. Somehow we doubt that Valerie Jarrett will permit much of this to reach the President’s TelePrompTer. Edited for length, grammar, and spelling. “My Americans, my Members, my Press, my guests, welcome to the halls of my Congress. With two short years remaining in what many of you think is my last term as president, there is much yet for... read more
ObamaCare Winners—and Losers
ObamaCare Winners—and Losers
This Week's Health Policy News Roundup Curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. According to AMA Morning Rounds, a Commonwealth Fund survey found that because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of Americans struggling with medical costs has dropped. The proportion of U.S. adults who skipped or delayed medical care because of cost fell from 43 percent in 2012 to 36 percent last year. http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/end-medicaid-parity-will-be-costly-pcps “We don’t know yet that the law is improving people’s health,” said Sara Collins, a vice president at Commonwealth. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/15/upshot/financial-distress-connected-to-medical-bills-shows-a-decline-the-first-in-years.html?ref=health&_r=1&abt=0002&abg=1 A big winner is House Speaker John Boehner, whose current investment holdings include a... read more
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