Health Care Reform

Quote of the Week (Maybe the Month)

Posted on September 9, 2009. Filed under: Affordable Health Care, Current Events, Health Care Costs, Health Care Reform | Tags: , , , , |

“It’s like debating the difference between
aspirin and Tylenol for a cancer patient.”

— Dr. David Himmelstein, when asked about the health care reform bills in Congress

Dr. Himmelstein is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who  he helped write major studies finding that medical bills were a leading contributor to personal bankruptcies in the United States.

Read the whole article in the New York Times here.

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More Voices of Reason

Posted on September 7, 2009. Filed under: Affordable Health Care, Current Events, Health Care Costs, Health Care Reform | Tags: , , , |

David Brooks had a great column in the New York Times last week; he’s something of a pragmatic conservative who is actually lobbying for reform and for President Obama to take a strong stand! He references a report from the Brookings Institute, “Bending the Curve: Effective Steps to Address Long-Term Health Care Spending Growth,” along with a personal story in The Atlantic:How American Health Care Killed My Father.”

So for any of you still trying to make sense of health care reform, check those out.

— Posted by Cyndi Hughes

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The Hidden Costs of Health Care

Posted on July 22, 2009. Filed under: Affordable Health Care, Health Care Costs, Health Care Reform |

The New York Times this morning points out the hidden costs of health care in an article called “Challenge to Health Bill: Selling Reform.” Among the highlights:

“Our health care system is engineered, deliberately or not, to resist change. The people who pay for it — you and I — often don’t realize that they’re paying for it. Money comes out of our paychecks, in withheld taxes and insurance premiums, before we ever see it. It then flows to doctors, hospitals and drug makers without our realizing that it was our money to begin with.”

“… health care will cost the typical household roughly $15,000 this year, including the often-invisible contributions by employers. That is almost twice as much as two decades ago (adjusting for inflation). It’s about $6,500 more than in other rich countries, on average.

“We may not be aware of this stealth $6,500 health care tax, but if you take a moment to think, it makes sense. Over the last 20 years, health costs have soared, and incomes have grown painfully slowly. The two trends are directly connected: employers had to spend more money on benefits, leaving less for raises.

“In exchange for the $6,500 tax, we receive many things. We get cutting-edge research and heroic surgeries. But we also get fabulous amounts of waste — bureaucratic and medical.”

Read the whole story here.

–Posted by Cyndi Hughes

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Another’s Doctor’s View

Posted on July 15, 2009. Filed under: Affordable Health Care, Current Events, Health Care Reform, Preventive Care | Tags: , , , , , , |

The Doctor by Sir Luke FildesA must-read: This piece by Dr. Abraham Verghese in the Wall Street Journal: “The Myth of Prevention.” Inspired by Sir Luke Fildes’s 1891 painting, The Doctor (right).

More thoughts on this to follow!

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