What are the barriers to real health reform?

What are the barriers to real health reform?

By Marcia Angell, M.D. Prepared remarks of Dr. Angell at a panel titled “Persistent Barriers to Reform of the American Health Care System” at the 27th Annual Policy Research Conference of the National Academy of Social Insurance in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 28, 2015. www.pnhp.org This country has long subscribed to the ideology that the […]

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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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Insured but not covered, article in the New York Times

Insured but not covered, article in the New York Times

Read it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/sunday-review/insured-but-not-covered.html

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SCOTUS: Retiree Health Not Guaranteed

The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has unanimously ruled on Monday that because a union contract does not explicitly guarantee the continuation of retiree health benefits then retirees are not assured of these benefits.  The details of the case M&G Polymers USA v. Tackett can be read in the link above.  The opinion was written by Justice Clarence […]

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The Business Case for Single Payer

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$375 billion wasted on billing and health insurance-related paperwork annually: study

$375 billion wasted on billing and health insurance-related paperwork annually: study

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 12, 2015 Contact: Mark Almberg, PNHP communications director, 312-782-6006, mark@pnhp.org Medical billing paperwork and insurance-related red tape cost the U.S. economy approximately $471 billion in 2012, 80 percent of which is waste due to the inefficiency of the nation’s complex, multi-payer way of financing care, a group of researchers say. The […]

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VT Gov. Shumlin’s Inauguration Disruption

After barely winning reelection in 2014 and saying the costs of implementing the first statewide single payer healthcare system were too high, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin backed down from his promise to implement the law he signed in 2010.  Single Payer activists in the state wholeheartedly disagree and made their voices heard at his Inauguration […]

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County and School District Level Poverty Estimates Are Out for 2013

County and School District Level Poverty Estimates Are Out for 2013

The Census Bureau has released the 2013 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) for all states, counties, and school districts in the US.  The graphs showing the rates for 2008-2013 are presented for the graphs above with 90% confidence bounds for the estimates for the % in poverty and the state Median income for […]

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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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Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

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