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Health Insurance and Mortality, Part 2

Health Insurance and Mortality, Part 2

Please read Part 1 of this post before continuing. Not surprisingly, there have been several criticisms of the Sommers, Long and Baicker study. Here are the main ones I’ve been able to identify so far, and my comments on each. It’s too good to be true. The New York Times reports that experts are “skeptical of the magnitude and suddenness of the […]

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Health Insurance and Mortality, Part 1

Health Insurance and Mortality, Part 1

In 2006, Massachusetts implemented the country’s first comprehensive health care reform (“Romneycare”). It made health insurance mandatory for nearly all citizens, expanded Medicaid to cover people earning up to 150% of the federal poverty level (FPL), and provided health insurance subsidies for people with incomes up to 300% of FPL. It became the structural model for the […]

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Tom Corbett to PA’s Working Poor:  “Drop Dead!” Pt. 4

Tom Corbett to PA’s Working Poor: “Drop Dead!” Pt. 4

Part 4. What We Can Do On Tuesday, February 5, PA Governor Tom Corbett stated that at this time he cannot recommend accepting $38 billion in federal funding to expand Medicaid, thereby denying medical assistance to more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians. So far, I’ve discussed empirical studies demonstrating that Medicaid improves health and saves lives, the costs and benefits of Medicaid, how […]

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Tom Corbett to PA’s Working Poor:  “Drop Dead!” Pt. 1

Tom Corbett to PA’s Working Poor: “Drop Dead!” Pt. 1

Part 1. Medicaid Improves Health and Saves Lives On Tuesday, PA Governor Tom Corbett stated that at this time he cannot recommend accepting $38 billion in federal funding to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, thereby denying medical assistance to more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians. This series of posts will consider the implications of that decision. It […]

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Lessons from HBO’s ‘Weight of the Nation’

Lessons from HBO’s ‘Weight of the Nation’

This past week HBO debuted a four part documentary called The Weight of the Nation on the obesity epidemic in the US.  The clip above from part four talks about how geography can have a big effect on one’s health due to the socioeconomic factors which surround these areas.  The fourth episode which deals with […]

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County Health Rankings

County Health Rankings

While we’re all waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on the Affordable Care Act, the 2012 County Health Rankings were released yesterday for all counties in the US.  An interactive map for Pennsylvania can be seen with all of the county rankings for an overall measure that considers morbidity and mortality above.  Ranked first […]

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Santorum: No One Has Ever Died Because They Didn’t Have Health Care | The New Civil Rights Movement

Santorum: No One Has Ever Died Because They Didn’t Have Health Care | The New Civil Rights Movement

This is my first cross post on my two blogs because it fits in so nicely with what I’ve been talking about on both of them, Rick Santorum and the uninsured. As the former Senator from our state is quoted in the story linked below stating that no one has died due to a lack […]

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