Healthcare Reform
President’s Page: What is Our Mission
President’s Page: What is Our Mission
By: Melinda Woofter, M.D. We practice the art and science of medicine every day. We have witnessed an accelerated transformation of our profession away from individualized patient care toward politicized and collectivized “evidence-based medicine.” Without a doubt, this one-size-fits-all approach does not work and never can. Every patient is unique, with a unique set of circumstances. Our responsibilities to our patients include counseling them against ALL threats to their health. We recognize tobacco use, drug addiction, and excessive alcohol consumption as such threats, yet one danger towers above them all: our own dysfunctional “healthcare system.” Government intrusion into the exam... read more
Republicans Missing the Point on “Replacing” ObamaCare
Republicans Missing the Point on “Replacing” ObamaCare
. In response to the release of Speaker Paul Ryan’s outline of “A Better Way to Fix Health Care,” the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) issued the following statement: “The Affordable Care Act, as Ryan notes, cannot be fixed. It must be repealed. Republicans, however, need to recognize the flawed premises before they advocate replacing ACA with ACA-Tweaked or ACA-Lite. “American medicine costs far too much, and the reason is third-party payment (deceptively called ‘insurance’) of most medical bills. This doubles or triples the price through waste, perverse incentives, and crushing administrative overhead. “Government worsens this problem through... read more
Ways and Means Advances 7 Bills to Improve Access to Care, Provide Targeted Relief from ObamaCare
Ways and Means Advances 7 Bills to Improve Access to Care, Provide Targeted Relief from ObamaCare
Today, the House Ways and Means Committee passed seven commonsense proposals that will help increase health care flexibility and choice for all Americans.As Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said: "These bills are another demonstration of our commitment to identifying and advancing member-driven solutions that provide Americans more access, better choices, and greater flexibility in health care. "In fact, each of them is a product of our Health Subcommittee’s recent Member Day hearing on tax-related proposals to improve health care.” The first four health bills the Committee passed today promote innovation and empower individuals and families to make their own decisions about health care spending. Each bill... read more
Despite Illegal Government Funding, ACA Exchange Plans Face Staggering Losses
Despite Illegal Government Funding, ACA Exchange Plans Face Staggering Losses
In 2015, insurers may have lost as much as $1,000 per enrollee, despite government compensation through the reinsurance and “risk corridor” programs that are supposed to compensate insurers for high-risk subscribers, writes Brian Blase (Forbes, May 11, 2016). The Obama Administration has good reason to be concerned that other insurers will follow United HealthCare’s lead and withdraw from ACA. At a Capitol Hill event, Kansas Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer remarked that there may only be one insurer offering coverage in its exchange next year. Predictably, people are gaming ACA by signing up only after they become ill. http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2016/05/11/new-report-suggests-massive-insurer-losses-in-2015-on-obamacare-as-health-care-spending-explodes Insurers are... read more
ObamaCare State of Emergency. Will Single Payer Fix It?
ObamaCare State of Emergency. Will Single Payer Fix It?
This week's health policy news roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. “ObamaCare Keeps Our Health System In A State Of Emergency,” writes Sally Pipes (Investor’s Business Daily, Apr 1). Obama “promised that the Affordable Care Act would alleviate the pressure on ERs by expanding access to insurance—and thus diverting people who previously would’ve gone to the emergency room for routine care to the doctor’s office instead.” This hasn’t happened. Medicaid recipients are actually using ERs more, finding it difficult to find care elsewhere, and the system’s grade for quality, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians, dropped from... read more
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