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Linda Bergthold
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Linda Bergthold is a health policy consultant and blogger. She has over twenty-five years of experience in health benefits and research and was a working group leader in Hillary Clinton’s Health Care Reform Task Force in 1993. She has been an advocate of health care reform for two decades in California and nationally. She has a Masters and Doctorate from the University of California and was a Pew Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, institute for Health Care Policy.

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

(2) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 9:43 AM

How well will you or a family member hear the conversations at holiday dinners this year? Will you need to say "huh" more than once? Or "Could you repeat that"? If that has happened recently, read on, because the ability to hear at an affordable price may be on the...

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On Gluten, Mindful Meditation and Colon-Cleansing

(8) Comments | Posted July 4, 2015 | 8:33 PM

I live in L.A. now. Well, not in L.A. but close enough to hear its nutty muttering. Close enough to shop at supermarkets that have entire aisles of gluten free food, attend "mindful meditation" sessions at a number of locations, and experience the promotion of a constant stream of colon...

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How the GOP Plans to Replace Obamacare

(131) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 6:40 PM

The new Republican majority in the U.S. House and Senate claim they are going to replace the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) now that they control both houses. With what? The same old policies of the past two decades: malpractice reform, allowing insurance to be sold across state...

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3 Things You May Not Know About Medicare

(6) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 5:59 PM

If you are eligible for Medicare, your mailbox is probably full of brochures about Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15-December 7). This is the time of year you can change the kind of Medicare plan you have (for your medical care or your drugs or both). Most people who...

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Let There Be Peace on Earth and No More Talk About Obamacare... for Awhile

(94) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 9:07 AM

Monday night at midnight, the deadline for applying for Obamacare ended. Sort of. Mostly. People who were unable to complete their applications to the federal website and some state websites will be allowed to finish up in the next week or so. People who are eligible...

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Merry Christmas! Did You Sign Up for Obamacare, or Are You Out of Luck?

(156) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 3:52 PM

If you did not sign up for health insurance by Christmas Eve this year, you are not out of luck. You can still get insured. With all the news about the Obamacare website, the deadlines, the delays, you would think that would be clear. But it could not...

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What Can You Believe About 'Obamacare'?

(1124) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 12:06 AM

Who would have thought that once the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) was deemed constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court and ratified by the 2012 election, we would still have a vocal minority of Republicans demanding its repeal (and shutting down the government over it)? But that's exactly...

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Single Payer: Alive and Still Remarkably Well

(1420) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 8:37 AM

As the country prepares for open enrollment October 1st in the insurance exchanges of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), a small group of dedicated artists and politicians in Pennsylvania have been working toward a broader solution. Catalyzed by a study by Professor Gerard...

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Should You Believe the Koch Brothers About Obamacare?

(1093) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 9:08 PM

Apparently the Koch Brothers think so and they are spending over a million dollars to tell their story.

New ads funded by the famous conservative oil baron Koch brothers raise questions about the implementation of Obamacare next year. But their questions are "pants on...

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Yes Virginia, Obamacare Still Exists

(173) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 1:27 PM

Forty-two percent of Americans are unaware that Obamacare still exists. Even after the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2012, even after countless media stories about the benefits already being experienced under Obamacare, nearly half of the population polled in this

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Obamacare: Will the Trains Run on Time?

(712) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 11:33 PM

If you have not been sick lately, you may not be aware that Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act) is actually already being implemented, and the implementation is going fairly smoothly. Adult children without health insurance are remaining on their parents' plans until age 26; children with pre-existing conditions...

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What's Up With Health Reform?

(225) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 5:20 PM

We don't hear much about the Affordable Care Act (aka "health reform") enacted March 23, 2010 and due to be fully implemented in less than a year. But this week, on its third anniversary, there was the ritual attempt by Republicans to repeal it;...

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Are Medicare and Social Security Safe Now?

(146) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 6:23 PM

In his Inaugural Address, the president called the Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs commitments we make to each other that strengthen us. His exact words were:

"We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make...
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Is Health Care Part of the "Fairy Dust" Talk About the Fiscal Cliff?

(678) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 12:09 AM

I don't know about you but I'm getting really tired of the hysteria over this so-called, somewhat media created, "fiscal cliff" thing. The White House called the Republicans' latest proposal "fairy dust." But I do think we are in for some...

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Got Nails? Now What Happens to Obamacare?

(663) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 11:13 PM

The nail biting is over. For those who hoped that a President Romney could repeal Obamacare on "Day One," sorry -- when he lost, you lost. But now that Obama has been re-elected, what might happen to the actual implementation of the Affordable Care Act? Will the opposition...

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Health Care Matters in This Election

(21) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 7:41 PM

Today I received an email from Stacey Lihn. Well, not just me. Probably half a million others as well. She was asking me to support President Obama's re-election. You may remember Stacey from the Democratic National Convention. She is the mother who talked about how...

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Romney Finally Reveals His Nearsighted Vision for Health Reform

(338) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 1:32 AM

In the September 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, both President Obama and Governor Romney offer statements revealing their vision for the future of healthcare. Up until recently, Romney has talked about how he would repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), but he...

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Two Roads Have Diverged on Health Care -- One Will Make All the Difference

(206) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 8:43 PM

Now that the Democratic and Republican Conventions are over and the election debate is in high gear, what should we make of the differences between the two parties' approach to health care reform (The Affordable Care Act)? Will health care be a major issue in the next two...

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What Does Romney Ryan Mean for Your Medicare?

(110) Comments | Posted August 11, 2012 | 12:49 PM

Saturday, Republican nominee Mitt Romney announced his choice for Vice President -- Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Ryan is most widely known as a proponent of a radical restructuring and privatization of Medicare. But beware the hyperbole on both sides. Ryan's plan...

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Seniors Are Asking... What's Next for Medicare?

(975) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 9:49 PM

Now that the Supreme Court has declared the Affordable Care Act to be constitutional, what is the impact going to be on Medicare? The short answer? Not much. No cuts in your benefits. In fact, you will keep all of the benefits that you have gained...

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