Sweet Charity: The Truth Behind Hospitals’ Community Benefits Windfall

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 6:28 pm

Every year Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center releases a glossy brochure called Report to the Community. Among the doctor profiles and research-breakthrough stories are several dry metrics dealing with the number of beds, total patient and outpatient days and, perhaps most impressively, the year’s dollar value for something called “community benefit contributions.”


College Is Biggest Financial Worry for the Young While for the Old It Is Health Care

By: Monday April 21, 2014 11:02 am

By far the top financial problem for young people is paying for college, but for older people it is health care. These two have an interesting inverse relationship with age, with young people being relatively unconcerned about health care cost and seniors not facing problems paying for college.

Catherine Rampell Is Right: Medicare Is a Steal, but for Whom?

By: Friday April 11, 2014 6:35 am

Doctors in the United States earn more than twice as much on average as their counterparts in other wealthy countries. We also pay more than twice as much for our prescription drugs and for medical equipment. If one were to look for people stealing from Medicare, these and other health care providers would be the obvious candidates.

Obama’s Job Approval Rating Has Yet to Recover After Health Care Roll Out

By: Friday January 24, 2014 12:53 pm

President Obama started to see a real drop in his job approval rating when it become clear the problems with the federal exchanges were more extensive than first thought.

My Doctor Can Disclose My Medical Records to the NSA Without My Authorization (and so can yours)

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 9:08 am

Your doctor does not need your authorization to share your health information with the government. If the NSA asks for it, they get it. I found no provision requiring your medical provider to tell you the information was passed to the government.

The Spanish Version of Healthcare.gov Is Terrible

By: Monday January 13, 2014 9:15 am

It sounds like the Spanish version of Healthcare.gov was basically created by a middle school student who only realized at midnight there was a Spanish class assignment due the next day.

Opposition to Obamacare Grows

By: Monday December 23, 2013 8:09 am

By an almost 2-1 margin people now oppose the law.

National Paid Family Leave May Finally Be on the Horizon

By: Saturday December 21, 2013 4:00 pm

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families (NPWF), just 12 percent of American workers can take paid leave time to tend to an illness in their household, and only about 40 percent can get time off for themselves through employer-sponsored disability coverage. This gap affects about two-fifths of the private sector workforce, or 40 million people—a vast deficit compared to many other industrialized countries, where paid leave is routine.

Now, though, some lawmakers are recognizing that taking a few weeks off to deal with a health challenge shouldn’t hurt your paycheck. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have sponsored legislation to establish a nationwide paid family leave insurance program that would partially protect the wages of workers who take time off for the medical needs of themselves or their families.

Reluctant Acceptance, Not Popularity, May Be Obamacare’s Best Hope

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 7:35 am

The simple fact is the law was unpopular while it was being drafted. It was unpopular when it was passed. It was unpopular for three years before it was implemented. While when Democrats were given their one chance to make a second first impression they completely fumbled the roll out.

“Separate but Equal” Shuts Down Women’s Health Care

By: Sunday December 1, 2013 5:20 pm

This week has a certain nostalgia for me. I am working the last four shifts in my home, Humboldt County. Nestled between pristine redwoods and dramatic cliffs overlooking the west coast of California, I want to stay here, but cannot. I am feeling the full force of the United States health care crisis. In the four years I have worked here eight of ten obstetricians in the southern half of the county have left, and now I find I am one of them.

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