ICYMI, 2014 was not just any old year in health care. The problem isn't finding historic events to note, it's pruning the list. Here's a crack at some things that we at The Commonwealth Fund thought worth calling out.
The new Republican majority in Congress claim they are going to replace the Affordable Care Act. With what? The same old policies of the past two decades: malpractice reform, allowing insurance to be sold across state lines, and "personal responsibility for health insurance." These ideas are so stale that I decided to repost something I wrote on The Huffington Post over four years ago.
Thomas B. Reed, a Republican politician and Speaker of the House at the end of the 19th century, warned: "One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation."
America just celebrated the season of giving with Hanukkah and Christmas presents, year-end charity donations and soup kitchen volunteering. It is a time when Americans demonstrate the generosity, caring and kindness that define them as a people. Now, however, Americans may suffer the season of GOP taking.
A sure sign that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is planning to do more than just "explore" a run for the White House in 2016 is the fact that he is severing ties, erasing connections and extricating himself from alliances and relationships that could "complicate" a presidential campaign.
Many GOP governors who loudly condemned Obamacare are secretly signing up for the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion. They aren't just Republicans in Democrat states. A growing number are from Southern conservative states, like Alabama and Tennessee.
2014 was a year that proved this message true. All in all, we celebrated a big year towards making disability healthcare and employment a priority at the state and federal level. As a person with a disability, it's hard not to like the future and the hope that next year will bring.
As the calendar turns to New Year 2015, what resolutions should you make to get healthier and happier in the next 12 months? Here is what I recommend to my patients, family and friends.
For those of us fighting to end homelessness in America, the year of 2014 gives us hope that strategic ideas and initiatives are actually working, albeit slowly. Here are our top highlights of 2014.
Millions of Americans are still filing for bankruptcy because of medical debt, even though they have insurance. In 2015, families could be on the hook for 13,200 in out-of-pocket expenses before their coverage kicks in. That's far more than many household budgets will allow.
Government regulations place limits on the growth of businesses in this country. This is not charming or romantic, but oppressive. It is time to get over the myths and legends of America's "small business character."
When access to care and population health of a distressed community are on the line, urban hospitals like BMC can and should look outside of traditional negotiation tactics to fulfill their role in serving their community. If they do not, we may not have the ERs to meet the newly insured population.
This is the second installment of a short series of posts about obtaining health care coverage with a pre-existing condition through Obamacare. I woul...
In spite of the intense, unyielding, never-ending opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, nobody can deny that Obama has tackled the problem of health care costs growing out of control when nobody before him would. And that's not all.
An Ebola-like crisis accentuates the fragmented piecemeal nature of U.S. health coverage and access. Americans are stuck between a rock and a hard place -- some forced to buy insurance that they are unable to use because they cannot afford high deductibles and copays.
While overuse of costly services benefits no one, policymakers should ban cost-sharing arrangements that impede appropriate health seeking behaviors, especially for people with chronic conditions.