Mitch McConnell Backs Kentucky State Exchange While Calling For Obamacare Repeal
May29

Mitch McConnell Backs Kentucky State Exchange While Calling For Obamacare Repeal

Now that people are experiencing the advantages of the Affordable Care Act it is becoming harder for Republicans to call for repeal. While people might tell pollsters they dislike Obamacare, they also oppose the consequences of repeal. In Kentucky, people might say they dislike Obamacare, but they certainly do like Kynect, their highly successful insurance exchange. This is resulting in problems for Mitch McConnell who has been...

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Health Care Billing
May28

Health Care Billing

At the end of April I visited a cardiologist. It was covered by a Medicare Advantage plan. Note that the base bill was for $524.00 but because it was covered by United Health Care $358.97 was deducted up front. Now if I had not had insurance I would have been billed for the entire $524.00.  I see this as a problem.  A few years ago when I had no insurance I checked with a friend in the insurance industry how much they would pay.  I...

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Mitch McConnell, Partisan Hack And Liar
May28

Mitch McConnell, Partisan Hack And Liar

The ACA (Obama Care) has been a great success in Kentucky.  So what is Mitch McConnell who is facing a tough general election race to do?  He tries to have his cake and eat it too and lie.  Well a Kentucky newspaper has called him out. One of the biggest newspapers in Kentucky is taking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to task for taking a bizarre new position on Obamacare and Kentucky’s state-based Obamacare...

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Medicaid Expansion Leading To Increased Care For Poor And Increased Revenue For Hospitals
May28

Medicaid Expansion Leading To Increased Care For Poor And Increased Revenue For Hospitals

After Medicaid was expanded in Oregon prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act there was an increase in Emergency Room visits from people using their new coverage. This was not surprising and the challenge was to get those with the new coverage both established with primary care physicians and to get the Medicaid patients in the habit of seeing a primary care physician as opposed to over-utilizing Emergency Rooms. This raised...

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The times when race matters
May27

The times when race matters

WASHINGTON — When Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., remarked last week that some of the opposition to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is “maybe he’s of the wrong color,” he was just saying out loud what many people believe. And no, he wasn’t calling Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., a “racist.” Believing that some of the Republican and tea party opposition to Obama has to do with his race is...

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Perspective On The VA Scandal: Face It, We’re Indifferent To Our Well Being
May27

Perspective On The VA Scandal: Face It, We’re Indifferent To Our Well Being

Now that the dust is beginning to settle around the Veterans Administration hospitals scheduling scandal, it is time to put an unwelcome perspective on things. I say unwelcome because this scandal is merely the tip of an immense iceberg — a profoundly dysfunctional American health care system that thrives on indifference, a reality that virtually no one wants to acknowledge, let alone address. That perspective: * The VA hospital...

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Liberals Were Wrong About The VA, But Conservatives Remain Wrong About Health Care Coverage
May23

Liberals Were Wrong About The VA, But Conservatives Remain Wrong About Health Care Coverage

James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal, demonstrating what they say about a broken watch, is right on one point. His column carries the subheading of “Not long ago, the left raved about the VA.”  While this is widely true about the left, there was at least one exception (myself). A few years back, many on the left were exclaiming about the quality of the VA system based upon quality evaluations. Evaluations of quality in...

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The Tainted Beef Recall (Mike Peters Guest Cartoon)
May22

The Tainted Beef Recall (Mike Peters Guest Cartoon)

The Tainted Beef Recall by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST: –Stores may have received tainted beef –BEEF RECALL: Stuart Deli & Florida Stores May Have Received Tainted Beef –Illinois among states could have received tainted beef –Nearly 2 Million Pounds of Tainted Ground Beef Recalled Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a...

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Reports Indicate Predictions Of Massive Premium Increases Under Obamacare Are Unlikely Due to Greater Competition In 2015
May21

Reports Indicate Predictions Of Massive Premium Increases Under Obamacare Are Unlikely Due to Greater Competition In 2015

There is further evidence that another Republican prediction regarding the Affordable Care Act is not likely to take place. A study by the Robert Wood Foundation predicts that premiums will not increase greatly next year due to an increase in the number of insurance companies entering the market, with greater competition acting to lower prices. The Hill reports: Fears that insurance premiums will spike next year are premature,...

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Cartoon:  VA Problem
May21

Cartoon: VA Problem

This cartoon is licensed to run on The Moderate Voice by Cagle Cartoons. Unauthorized reproduction without licensing is prohibited. All rights...

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AIDS Prevention- A New Recommendation
May21

AIDS Prevention- A New Recommendation

The lead article in the New York Times on May 14 noted that Federal Health officials are recommending that Americans who are at risk for AIDS take a pill daily to prevent infection. The medication is called Truvada and less than 10,000 individuals currently are on the drug. Federal recommendations would increase this to 500,000 people taking the medication. This is an example of officials reinforcing the lack of responsibility among...

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Bacteria can linger on planes for a week: study
May20

Bacteria can linger on planes for a week: study

Bacteria can linger on planes for a week: study (via AFP) Dangerous bacteria — the kind that cause vomiting and potent infections — may be able to survive on airplane surfaces for up to a week, researchers said Tuesday. Researchers at Auburn University tested the ability of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus…...

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Massive Spending On Anti-Obamacare Ads
May20

Massive Spending On Anti-Obamacare Ads

If you feel that you are being bombarded by political ads about Obamacare, and most, are negative, you are right according to a new study showing that spending on negative ads was fifteen times spending on ads supporting the Affordable Care Act: A new analysis finds the nation’s health care overhaul deserves a place in advertising history as the focus of extraordinarily high spending on negative political TV ads that have gone largely...

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Heads need to roll at the VA
May20

Heads need to roll at the VA

WASHINGTON — Finally, an authentic scandal: incompetence and deception at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Given what we know so far, more heads need to roll — and a criminal investigation should be launched. Republicans have accused the Obama administration of so many faux scandals that it’s hard to recognize the real thing. Yes, the Internal Revenue Service seems to have given extra scrutiny to conservative...

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Report: VA Hospitals Scandal Worsens
May19

Report: VA Hospitals Scandal Worsens

The country’s growing scandal involving the treatment Veterans Administrations hospitals are giving veterans has just gotten worse, The Daily Beast reports in an exclusive. The article’s teaser says it all: “Veterans with serious heart conditions, gangrene, and even brain tumors waited months for care at the Albuquerque VA hospital, a whistleblowing doctor tells The Daily Beast. And here are some of the details that...

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New Obamacare glitch:  Federal health-care subsidies may be too high or too low for more than 1 million Americans
May17

New Obamacare glitch: Federal health-care subsidies may be too high or too low for more than 1 million Americans

A new Obamacare glitch is in the news and it means a)the administration still has a lotta tinkering to do, and, b)the Republicans will have an opening and will most defiinitely seize it. It’ll also add to the image of Obamacare as being something thought out but done by-the-seat-of-the pants: The government may be paying incorrect subsidies to more than 1 million Americans for their health plans in the new federal insurance...

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Health Care Policy Briefs: Early Retirement, The Two Americas, Sabotaging Obamacare, Marijuana Not A Gateway Drug, And The Pentagon’s Plan For The Zombie Apocalypse
May15

Health Care Policy Briefs: Early Retirement, The Two Americas, Sabotaging Obamacare, Marijuana Not A Gateway Drug, And The Pentagon’s Plan For The Zombie Apocalypse

Five health care policy items today: Goldman issued a report on how availability of health insurance allows people the option of retiring early (or as Republicans would put it, become takers) as opposed to waiting until they qualify for Medicare. The found that “the annual probability of retirement–i.e., what share of workers of a given age will retire within the next year–is on average between 2% and 8% higher when...

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One Way Obamacare Is Lowering Insurance Premiums
May15

One Way Obamacare Is Lowering Insurance Premiums

While insurance policies purchased through the exchanges and Medicaid expansion (or blocking it in many red states) have obtained the bulk of the publicity regarding the Affordable Care Act, there are many other aspects to the law. (No, Sarah Palin, establishment of death panels is not one of these). In the last post I looked at the benefits of enabling students to remain on their parents’ insurance plans. An even less discussed...

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Young Earning More Due To Obamacare Thanks To Remaining On Parents’ Insurance Plan & Conservatives Distort Report On Narrow Networks
May14

Young Earning More Due To Obamacare Thanks To Remaining On Parents’ Insurance Plan & Conservatives Distort Report On Narrow Networks

Two health care items today, one on a benefit of the Affordable Care Act and another on a news item which conservatives are distorting to attack Obamacare. First the positive news. I have discussed the benefit of the Affordable Care Act freeing people from the “insurance trap” in which they take jobs they otherwise would not want to work at purely to obtain health insurance. Allowing people more options to obtain insurance...

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Republican Scare Stories Of Doctor Shortages Under Obamacare Failing To Come True
May13

Republican Scare Stories Of Doctor Shortages Under Obamacare Failing To Come True

We are well into the year and none of the Republican horror stories about Obamacare have come true. There are no death panels. Enrollment through the exchanges has exceeded expectations. Over 80 percent of those purchasing insurance are paying premiums as the Obama administration predicted, and ultimately this might exceed 90 percent. Premiums are not expected to increase next year any more than is traditional on the individual...

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