Health Care

Health care reform – are we there yet?

February 1, 2013
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The U.S. has the world’s most expensive health care system, yet the World Health Organization ranks us 37th among nations in overall health statistics. Federal health reform will not change the fundamentals of our system and will actually increase cost. Health insurance will continue to be ridiculously expensive and for many people will provide poor…

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HIV Lives Here

February 3, 2012
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An idea health insurance companies hate: rate review

August 1, 2011
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If you have health insurance—or used to have it before it got too expensive—you’re familiar with the annual letter telling you how much your premiums are going up next year. Not only that, but your co-pays are doubling, or tripling. Plus, your new, more costly plan has even less coverage than the old one. The…

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Environmentalism and healthcare reform in the new El Salvador

August 1, 2011
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If the mention of El Salvador conjures up any images at all in your mind, I’m guessing they involve civil war, massacres, and people “being disappeared.” But two years ago, in democratic elections (after a Peace Accord in 1992 and then gradual gains through elections as the guerrilla force transformed itself into a political party),…

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The biggest lie of all: Is the Affordable Care Act “a government takeover of health care?” Not hardly.

June 1, 2011
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Recently, Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney did a little rhetorical dance around health reform, arguing that his Massachusetts plan was good, but the federal law signed by President Obama was an evil “government takeover of health care.” The language echoed the Republican mantra of 2010 promulgated by GOP strategist and Fox News “analyst” Frank Luntz…

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Lies about health care and who’s hawking them

April 1, 2011
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A couple of years ago, my friend Ellen died primarily because bureaucrats prevented her from seeing the doctors she needed to see. If you believe all the hype about government-run health care, you’ll probably jump to the conclusion that these were government bureaucrats. They weren’t. They were insurance company paper pushers trying to make sure…

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