The Study Health Care Reform Desperately Needs

By: Wednesday December 10, 2014 1:00 pm

Now that millions of people have used coverage bought on the Affordable Care Act exchanges for a year, it is time for a comprehensive study that questions the entire basis of the law.

 

The ACA Exchanges Can Be Fixed, But They Were Meant To Be Broken

By: Wednesday November 26, 2014 1:33 pm

The serious problems surrounding auto-enrollment in the new Affordable Care Act exchanges are just starting to get real attention. The problem isn’t a lack of good solutions though. The real problem is that the exchanges weren’t intended to work well for regular people.

President Obama Failed

By: Monday November 10, 2014 10:30 am

Under President Obama’s tenure, the Republican party has just won control of the Senate, their largest majority in the House in decades, and a historic level of control over state legislatures. Given that the Republican brand is still pretty bad, our elections have become heavily nationalized, and the exit polls show over half the electorate voted to express support for or opposition to Obama. It makes sense to conclude that last Tuesday was a rejection of the president.

The Affordable Care Act Is Poorly Designed for Dealing With Epidemics and the GOP Plan Is Even Worse

By: Thursday October 16, 2014 4:18 pm

The current Republicans’ health care ideas, which are a vague combination of repeal, promise of market magic, buzzwords, and opposing mandatory paid sick leave, would be an even a worse system for dealing with rapidly spreading disease. The current plans they are discussing don’t even try to get near universal coverage.

This is something to keep in mind as you hear politicians grandstand about Ebola to score political points.

“We cannot afford that!”

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 1:30 am

Hmmm, has a familiar ring (emphasis on “familiar”).

Another Terrible Health Care Problem Which Could Be Easily Solved – But Won’t Be

By: Monday September 22, 2014 11:17 am

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.

American Hospitals Waste a Shocking Amount on Administrative Costs

By: 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.

Should Counties Put a BadgerCare Expansion Question on the Fall Ballot?

By: 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.

The Massive Gap Between What Young People Wanted From Health Care Reform and What They Got

By: 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.

At Fort Hood, Government Denies Soldiers & Veterans ‘Promise’ of Benefits & Health Care

By: 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.

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