Op-eds
Sanders: What Will His Socialist Plan Do to YOUR Medical Care?
Sanders: What Will His Socialist Plan Do to YOUR Medical Care?
By Jane M Orient, M.D. There is one thing that supporters and detractors of Bernie Sanders might agree on: he seems to be honest about his convictions. He is an avowed socialist, instead of pretending to believe in a role for private insurance. Unlike Barack Obama, his answer to the question “Do you get to keep your insurance plan?” is plainly No. There won’t be any more insurance plans. Everyone will be on Medicare. Other questions are tougher. Do you get to keep your doctor? That depends on what you mean by YOUR doctor. You might be seeing the same... read more
“Repeal and Replace”? No Thanks
“Repeal and Replace”? No Thanks
By: G. Keith Smith, M.D. - http://SurgeryCenterOK.com Republicans are being urged to “repeal and replace” Obamacare (the so-called Affordable Care Act). No thanks. If you think O’Connellcare will be better than Obamacare, I would ask you to think again. If we are unlucky enough to experience the Republican version of Obamacare, I predict we’ll soon be longing for these last dying days of Obamacare, a time during which hope for a break from D.C. central health planning seemed realistic. If you reside on the left end of the political spectrum, you would be wrong to think I am a fan... read more
A True Holiday Gift
By Marion Mass, MD Let’s talk charity.  True charity is that which is given willingly and freely.  Physicians are in the unique position to give such a valuable commodity, many do give of their time, but could the government make it easier for them?  And if they did, would there be any beneficial side effects? Since 1990, Medicaid spending, jointly run by federal and state governments, has increased roughly five times.  Most state budgets have approximately 30-35% of their budget chewed up by this program designed to give medical care to the poor.  Helpful charts can be found at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/07/17/the-state-of-medicaid-in-charts/... read more
Carly Fiorina, the Third Outsider
Carly Fiorina, the Third Outsider
By Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD Given that 75 percent of Americans think current government is corrupt, perhaps a bold outsider is the right person at the right time. Carly Fiorina’s articulate, focused, and fearless performances in the Republican debates elevated her from an also-ran to a real contender. Although there are no voting records to peruse, her current positions are consistent with those during her 2010 run against incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA). But whether Fiorina will make a good president is the relevant question. Economy Fiorina denounces crony capitalism, noting that big business and big government go hand in... read more
Candidate Bush Thinks Medicare Funds Should Be Redistributed From The Elderly To The Young
Candidate Bush Thinks Medicare Funds Should Be Redistributed From The Elderly To The Young
By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. - http://HerPlace.com In an odd sense of timing, Jeb Bush, former Republican governor of Florida, released his plan for overhauling Obamacare on the same day as the first debate for the Democrat Presidential candidates, so there was little media attention to his proposals. Governor Bush’s plan does address some of the worst provisions of Obamacare and pushes for a more limited role of the federal government. But it’s still a very mixed bag. On the plus side, the Bush plan lacks the massive micromanagement of Obamacare. It would give states more flexibility to decide how... read more
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