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AAPS News June 2015 - Who Would Be The “Single Payer”?
AAPS News June 2015 - Who Would Be The “Single Payer”?
Volume 71, no. 6 June 2015 Some advocates of a “single-payer healthcare system,” notably Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), often begin with a scathing indictment of managed-care plans, including the complexities of dealing with dozens of them. (They know about these first-hand because they are enabling such plans by their participation.) We often find ourselves in agreement—until they get to their proposed solution. Other advocates of “universal” or “national” plans, such as the American College of Physicians (ACP), are not noted for criticizing managed care—either its business model or its major players such as UnitedHealthcare. Models to emulate... read more
AAPS News May 2015 - Involuntary Servitude
Volume 71, no. 5 When doctors advocate opting out of Medicare, naysayers often reply, “They’ll just make us participate as a condition of licensure.” It’s a variant of the argument that we should do it to ourselves first, before “they” do it to us. And of course, if everybody is doing it “voluntarily,” what’s the problem? The threat is not merely hypothetical. As Paul Ginsburg, Ph.D., writes in the JAMA Forum, “The only long-term resolution of the [Accountable Care Organization] ACO [spending] benchmark issue is to make clinician and provider participation mandatory or make opting out and remaining under [fee... read more
AAPS News April 2015 - Making Disaster Bipartisan
AAPS News April 2015 - Making Disaster Bipartisan
Volume 71, no. 4 April 2015 When it appears that Democrats have lost the battle to socialize medicine, the Republicans ride to their rescue. ClintonCare was defeated in Congress when people found out what was in it and who was behind it. Then the Republican Congress, which was elected largely because of opposition to ClintonCare, enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), with much of its wording imported directly from the Clinton Plan. Saying “HIPAA” generally refers to the rule-laden pretense of protecting privacy, but the law also incorporates the criminalization of medicine (especially errors in medical billing)... read more
AAPS News March 2015 - ObamaCare Bypass
AAPS News March 2015 - ObamaCare Bypass
Volume 71, no. 3 The new Republican-controlled Congress has passed yet another symbolic bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), although many say that it can’t really be repealed until 2017, with a Republican in the White House. Obama is protecting his legacy: a “signature” bill that is hated by the majority of Americans, which is becoming more entrenched and doing more damage every day. Potentially good, possibly unintended consequences of ACA include severing the link between employment and medical insurance, the cause of much of the problem of pre-existing conditions. Unfortunately, many will switch to dependency on bankrupt... read more
AAPS News January 2015 - The Destruction of Insurance
Volume 71, no. 1 The Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) has essentially destroyed the individual market for medical insurance, and is well on the way to eliminating employer-provided health plans. As Jonathan Gruber revealed, this is an intended though deceitfully concealed consequence. The attack did not, however, start with ACA. In 1965, more than half of U.S. seniors had private insurance. President Johnson destroyed this market overnight to assure the success of “his” program. In the early 1990s, AAPS past president Lois Copeland, M.D., visited a number of CEOs of insurance companies, looking for products seniors could buy to... read more
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