Medicaid

WIUP-FM Podcast on Single Payer

WIUP-FM Podcast on Single Payer

In early 2014 I participated in a radio discussion on the need for comprehensive single payer healthcare reform on WIUP FM radio in Indiana, PA.  Eric Barker of the Center for Community Growth-Indiana, PA hosted the program.  I was on a panel with fellow Health Care for All PA Will Ferrell (not the actor) and […]

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HCA and the Anti ACA Tea Party are Symbiotic

HCA and the Anti ACA Tea Party are Symbiotic

Mother Jones has a piece describing how, of the 52 legal briefs filed in the King v. Burwell case before the Supreme Court, 21 are from those who support the plaintiffs and none of these are businesses.   The major legal brief in favor of the defendant was from the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).  […]

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Census State Level Estimates Are Out for 2013

Census State Level Estimates Are Out for 2013

The Census Bureau has come out with estimates from the American Community Survey of national and state level uninsured rates for 2013.  County level estimates are due out in early 2015.  Pennsylvania’s rate has decreased from 12.0% in 2012 to 9.7% in 2013 (when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) came into effect in October of […]

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Personal and Medical Bankruptcy Followup

Personal and Medical Bankruptcy Followup

Lloyd Stires has a great series of posts on the decline of mortality in Massachusetts compared to similar surrounding counties.  They are linked in related posts below.  I’ve also received a nice response to my post on medical bankruptcies.  Here is a follow up.I have received comments from Thomas M Miovas of appliedphilosophyonline.com that more exact […]

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Recent Uninsured Trends and the ACA

Recent Uninsured Trends and the ACA

The Gallup Organization has produced quarterly national estimates of the uninsured rate to assess the impact of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).  It suggests that the rate is at the lowest since the fourth quarter of 2008, before the recession began in earnest.   The graph below, not surprisingly, shows that the rates are lower […]

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Medicaid Expansion at a Crossroads

Medicaid Expansion at a Crossroads

On Monday there will be a Rally for Medicaid expansion in Harrisburg.  There will be a  meeting with Legislators at 11:30 followed by the Rally in the small rotunda in the Capitol Building near the Cafeteria. Along with Iowa, Arkansas, and Michigan, Pennsylvania is now proposing it’s own version of expansion.  Utah is still undecided […]

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New Daily Show Post on Medicaid Expansion

The lack of Medicaid expansion is hurting many in the 19 states that have refused to take federal money.  The daily show has a segment that aired last night on it’s impact in South Carolina (Stephen Colbert’s home state).  The arguments for expansion sound very similar to those for a single payer system.  Pennsylvania is […]

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The Oregon Health Experiment:  The Gift That Keeps On Taking Away

The Oregon Health Experiment: The Gift That Keeps On Taking Away

Be prepared for a barrage of conservative criticism of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that may be assumed to have negative implications for single-payer health care as well. As I’ve noted before, the Oregon Health Experiment is a randomized control group design, far superior to most health care research. In 2008, Oregon hoped to expand […]

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Molly Rush:  Letter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Molly Rush: Letter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Single-payer is the way forward on health care December 7, 2013 Letter writer Elizabeth Stelle of the Commonwealth Foundation sees government involvement in health care as a disaster and regulations and mandates as the cause of rising health care costs in this country (“Medicaid Is High Cost for Low Quality,”Dec. 2). Rather than dealing with […]

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MEDICAID, MEDICAL INSURANCE, HEALTH CARE and the CORBETT PLAN Op Ed by President Dave Steil

MEDICAID, MEDICAL INSURANCE, HEALTH CARE and the CORBETT PLAN Op Ed by President Dave Steil

Outgoing Healthcare for All PA president Dave Steil has written an Op/Ed for several paper which has been published in the Bucks County Times.   Recently, Governor Corbett unveiled a Medicaid expansion plan called Healthy Pennsylvania.  Few would disagree with the Governor’s objectives of increasing access, improving quality and making healthcare affordable for all Pennsylvanians. […]

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