Here is a man who aggressively tried to shop around but the hospital, which has way more power and knowledge, was able to bring in a surprise out-of-network doctor while they guy was unconscious. Smart shopping around for health care would be hard enough given its complexity even if every provider was an angel. It is impossible when the system is actively trying to screw people.
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 22, 2014 11:17 am|
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 8, 2014 6:30 pm|
The United States has, by far, the most expensive health care system in the world. Partly because the federal government lets the industry overcharge people and partly because its Rube Goldberg-like structure requires a huge amount of money spent on keeping it all running. Every hospital has to negotiate a different price with every insurer for just about every single item.
|By: WI Budget Project Saturday July 12, 2014 6:05 pm|
The question of whether to take federal funding to expand BadgerCare is an important issue for Wisconsin voters and for counties. It makes a lot of sense for counties to put the question on the November ballot – to raise the visibility of the issue and to give voters a chance to weigh in on a very important matter of public policy.
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 11, 2014 2:40 pm|
One set of numbers about health care reform from the Reason-Rupe Millennials poll really stood out to me.
It found voters 18-29 overwhelmingly believe the government has the responsibility to guarantee every citizen has health insurance. The poll found 69 percent share this opinion, but only 51 percent have a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday May 27, 2014 5:35 pm|
An African American active duty service member identified as Randal Terrrell served in the military for eleven years. Terrell struggled for two years to get treatment for a hernia after a failed surgery and also suffered from other medical and mental health issues.
A Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) process is apparently being manipulated to deny soldiers treatment. Terrell said he was “getting more help” before the Board was involved in making decisions.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 27, 2014 10:00 am|
The Affordable Care Act has now been implemented. The Medicaid expansion is well underway in the states which took part, and the extremely long open enrollment period on the exchanges has come and gone. Yet this has seemed to have no real impact on how the public views the law.
|By: Gary Cohn Wednesday May 14, 2014 6:30 pm|
Jim Araby was dead asleep when his cell phone rang at 6 a.m. last June. Until then the labor activist had been enjoying an idyllic family vacation in Guerneville, on Sonoma County’s Russian River. But the number appearing on his phone told him the call was from Sacramento, suggesting bad news. The voice he now heard confirmed it.
“Can you get here?” a union colleague asked. “We need you.”
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 13, 2014 1:38 pm|
I think the best way to understand the seeming contradiction in polling which both shows very low approval for the Affordable Care Act yet very low support for its repeal is to think of it like a tonsillectomy.
Imagine our entire health care system as a body, and back in 2010 Democrats decided the best treatment for persistent throat infections (the uninsured and a broken insurance market) was to undergo surgery to remove the tonsils.
|By: Attaturk Friday May 2, 2014 1:30 am|
Fixing this would require an answer that sounds dangerously close to being wrongly proclaimed as “socialism”.
|By: Jon Walker Monday March 31, 2014 8:03 am|
Because Democrats wanted to keep the CBO score pretty, didn’t want to directly pressure hospitals to end their absurd overcharges, refused to tackle how drug companies abused their patents, and insisted on using wasteful private insurer middlemen, the overpriced law doesn’t even provide defense against moderately serious health incidents for many.