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Major Health Insurer Drops Obamacare In Most Markets

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 08.16.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Aetna Inc, the No. 3 U.S. health insurer, on Monday said that due to persistent financial losses on Obamacare plans, it w...

The Health Insurance Industry's Last Ditch Holdup

John Geyman | Posted 08.15.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

Two mergers of health insurance giants in the U. S.--Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana--are in process, although now being challenged in the courts. If approved, they will collectively cover more than 132 million Americans

Is National Health Insurance (Medicare For All) Socialized Medicine?

John Geyman | Posted 08.08.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

When President Truman presented a proposal for national health insurance, he emphasized that this was only a financing mechanism and that the delivery of health care would remain in the private sector's marketplace of hospitals, other facilities, physicians and other health professionals.

Does More Technology Bring Us Better Health Care?

John Geyman | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

It is a common misperception that the U. S. has the best health care in the world, another example of "American exceptionalism." By constant repetition over many years, this myth has become a meme, a part of our language without regard to its merit.

The Health Care Industry May Not Be Able To Wait Until November

Jeff Cameron | Posted 07.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Jeff Cameron

Elections aside and the future of the ACA with it, we need to start taking a holistic view of the impact this legislation is having on the healthcare industry. And that assessment needs to happen now with attention to some inherent imbalances lest we face a critical care situation even before a new President is sworn in.

Can Overuse of Health Care Be Managed By Giving Consumers More Choice And Responsibility?

John Geyman | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

This has been the mantra of market advocates for many years under the theory of consumer-directed health care (CDHC), which posits that patients will ...

The Weak And Defeatist Democratic Platform On Health Care

John Geyman | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

At its Orlando, Florida meeting two days ago, the DNC platform committee voted down a proposed amendment to include single-payer health care in the Party Platform by a vote of 92 to 62, even though public support for single-payer includes 81 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of U.S. residents.

Does The Private Health Care Marketplace Provide Efficiency And Value?

John Geyman | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

Conservatives have long held that U. S. health care should be based on the "free market," that the role of government should be minimal, and that a deregulated marketplace can resolve issues of access, costs, affordability and quality of care.

Why Single-Payer Must Be Part of the Democratic Platform

John Geyman | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

Single-payer national health insurance (NHI) is one of the important differences in the current discussion between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate.

The DNC Hack Reminds Us That Trump Is Clueless On Health Care

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.17.2016 | Healthy Living

On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that Russian hackers infiltrated the Democratic National Committee's opposition research database. One day la...

Cost Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) in U. S. Health Care--Long Overdue

John Geyman | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

Cost effectiveness analysis (CEA), as applied to health care, attempts to estimate the value of expenditures on procedures or treatments that is retur...

How to Research and Reduce Healthcare Costs

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 06.15.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Whether it is something you planned for or something unexpected following an accident, paying for medical expenses can be painful for your finances. A...

Corporate Social Responsibility in Health Care: No Such Thing

John Geyman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

We have some long unanswered questions in U. S. health care--Is health care in the public interest based on medical need, not ability to pay? Is it a ...

Hillary's Public Option Proposal: Could It Work?

John Geyman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

A recent article in The New York Times highlighted a proposal by Hillary Clinton to bring back the public option as part of the Affordable Care Act, described as a move to the left toward Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All proposal.

Poor Coverage of Health Care by the Corporate Media: How Can the Electorate be Informed?

John Geyman | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

During this election season, with health care one of the serious issues, the mainstream media are missing in action. As they posture coverage of contentious issues, they deliver disinformation and non-information at such a superficial level as to be useless.

How Obamacare Town Halls Went From Chaotic To Downright Frightening

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics

In August 2009, the debate over the proposed Affordable Care Act made its way into town hall meetings across the country. Democrats hoped to use the f...

Family Health Care Costs Can't be Subject to Political Whim

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

A federal ruling Thursday, prompted by House Republicans, would raise the out-of-pocket costs for health care for millions of people in the United Sta...

Attention Women of All Ages: Take Control of Your Health

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

During National Women's Health Week, and every week, it's never too late to take control of your wellness and be the healthiest you. Just remember, there are women across the country who are doing the same, and who support you.

Growing Support for a National Health Program and Health Care as a Human Right

John Geyman | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

We can thank Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign for putting single-payer national health insurance (NHI) on the front burner of today's  national political discussion. This is long overdue and especially timely as the two parties debate alternatives for future U. S. health care.

Why MACRA Is a Big Step Forward for Fee-for-Value Health Care

Dr. Stephen Ondra | Posted 04.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Stephen Ondra

As celebrated as MACRA was at the time for ending the widely unpopular method of setting fees, the law's true impact will be felt in the long term. It introduced a new payment structure aimed at rewarding physicians for high quality, good patient outcomes and efficiency, rather than volume of services.

Health Care: Of United, and Citizens

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As for the status quo, United is a business, and has the option of renouncing its high costs. The people paying for business as usual with their lives -- do not.

Health Care Reform Is Saving Lives

Sean Cahill, Ph.D. | Posted 04.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Sean Cahill, Ph.D.

Of all the lies being told by candidates during this presidential campaign season, some of the greatest are about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Donald Trump, for example, regularly refers to it as "a disaster."

4 Ways Obamacare Impacts Your Taxes

MoneyTips | Posted 03.29.2016 | Business
MoneyTips

The Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare if you prefer) has probably had a significant impact on your health insurance. Did you realize that Obamaca...

The Republican Collapse

Jesse Larner | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Jesse Larner

The Soviet Union seemed permanent and invincible, until it didn't. When it fell, far more suddenly than anyone thought it would or could, the festering rot of decades was exposed to the world. We're seeing this happen, in real time, with the Republican Party.

After Three Enrollment Periods, What Role Should Enroll America Play Going Forward?

Anne Filipic | Posted 02.25.2016 | Impact
Anne Filipic

Since the successful close of the third open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, we at Enroll America have a lot to be proud of. With our...