Tag Archives: policy

Zeldin’s “War on drugs” ineffective

This letter appeared today March 1st in the East Hampton Press on page A7 Rep. Lee Zeldin writes about his health care goals in the Riverhead Local: “… here in Suffolk County, our communities and families have been severely impacted … Continue reading

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The #AmericanDream

(Pie and photo by Helen Atkinson-Barnes) Author: Helen Atkinson-Barnes, published in this week’s Sag Harbor Express Why are all these people protesting?  I’ve been hearing this question since the day after the election, when college students across the country, including … Continue reading

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Fascist regime or not?

Interesting comparison of present day America with Germany in the 1930s.  Format is an interview with Isabel Virginia Hull, professor of history at Cornell University and one of the foremost scholars on modern Germany.  Full article here: http://gothamist.com/2017/02/06/trump_bannon_german_history.php   Some … Continue reading

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Medicine for the One Percent

We always suspected this: a new study clearly shows that the richer you are, the longer you live in the US of America (Wall Street Journal). This is no small difference! The top 10% (richest) people live on average 10 … Continue reading

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Soaring Costs of Prescription Drugs in the US

Great article about the soaring costs of prescription drugs in the US.  The very same drugs are offered in other countries like Germany and the UK etc, at a small fraction of what we are asked to pay.  Who benefits?  … Continue reading

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The ACA seems to be working…

Robert Reich discusses the ACA which seems to be working.  But there is a lot that needs fixing.  Above all what needs fixing is the oft deceitful misinformation.  Read on here!  Contributed by Arlene Coulter.    

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Opting out of Medicare Expansion is costing lives: over 7,100 deaths nation wide!

Interesting study (by a Harvard medical student).  It is an estimate of the total numbers of people that will be covered by insurance with/without medicare expansion.  They they use prior estimates of how non-coverage translates in to real death rates. … Continue reading

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How Many Young Invincibles does the ACA need?

What numbers really are needed to make the ACA sustainable? This is a big concern of Rep. Tim Bishop’s and others who fear that too few healthy young people paying in to offset older, sicker enrollees, may drive premiums higher … Continue reading

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Republican Converts to Obamacare

It is strange how I have been hearing about right wing oponents of Obamacare. When they get really ill, and the situation is life threatening, some of them convert to Obamacare supporters.  Its interesting to read these stories (I think).  … Continue reading

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Bail-out of the Insurance Industry?

The Huffington Post has a nice Wendell Potter article addressing how exactly we “bail out” the insurance industry.  The Pot Is Calling the Kettle Black in This Feigned Obamacare Outrage Here are the highlights: … In many cases, insurers refused … Continue reading

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A More Perfect Union

Why do some consider the Affordable Care Act (ACA) bad for our nation? When one considers that social democratic theories have not played a major role in shaping benefit policy in the United States, it is no surprise that such … Continue reading

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ACA (Obamacare) and Contraceptives

We have a pretty crazy system whereby employers are in charge of selecting/paying your medical insurance.  My employer offers Aetna.  I had nothing to do with that choice, but I understand that they were able to bargain for a good … Continue reading

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Obamacare Facts versus Myths

There is a proliferation of websites spawning myths and scare tactics on Obamacare.  Unfortunately they outnumber the serious sites that offer real facts and try to help those that are in need. If you have questions this site may be … Continue reading

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Effects of Government Shutdown for Cancer Patients

Being an oncologist I have been meaning to write about this for some time.  It is difficult enough to have an cancer diagnosis. It is also a challenge for the patient (and the doctor) to navigate the multitude of new … Continue reading

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Health Reform by Gwen O’Shea

Here is a reminder of what Health Reform is all about!  It is a slide presentation by Gwen O’Shea: SP2 presentation

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ACA and the Middle Class

So will the ACA really frustrate the middle class?  A nice analysis of what you get for your money and a retort to a misleading NYTimes article is this piece: “The ACA Will Help, Not ‘Frustrate’ the Middle Class” by … Continue reading

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Time to Review the ACA

The ACA (Obamacare) is getting a bad rap these days because of the flawed roll out of the website and the fact that a small percentage of current policy holders have had their insurances cancelled supposedly because they don’t measure … Continue reading

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What exactly is Obamacare?

I found this interesting blog if you are asking the question “what exactly is Obamacare?”  It’s a pretty comprehensive, but readable, list. And there is this one too!

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The story of Adam (an uninsured young Texan)

This is your typical story about an uninsured motorcycle rider.  A must read.

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Have you got a rebate check from your insurance?

Rebates are coming:  any insurance company with a medical/loss ratio of greater than 20/80 (that is they are paying more than 20% of your insurance premiums for admin costs rather than for your care) will have to send out rebates … Continue reading

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