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Personhood: Causality of Modern Medicine

John Geyman | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

The present state of health care in this country to an increasing extent involves strangers caring for strangers, with patients' narratives and life stories no longer a key element guiding decisions about their own health care.

Waiving Away Affordability of Health Care

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

The urgency and stakes for real reform just notch up with each passing month and year.

Impact of Disparities on Access and Quality of Cancer Care

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Disparities within the U. S. health care system result in serious impacts on access to care for patients with cancer at all stages. The American Cancer Society launched a national effort in 2007 calling for system reform.

Hijacked: Stolen Health Care Reform V

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

This is the last of my five posts on the PPACA wherein I will analyze whether the legislation delivers enough to be worth the $1 trillion investment over the next 10 years and whether it will really work.

Hijacked: Stolen Health Care Reform IV: Will the Quality of Care Improve?

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

In our last three posts, we examined how the PPACA stacks up against the goals of reform for cost containment, affordability and access to care. Here we consider what its likely impact will be on the quality of care.

Hijacked: Stolen Health Reform III: How Much Will Access to Care Be Expanded?

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is being touted by its proponents as moving the country to near-universal coverage and a great step ahead in U.S. health care. But what does this really mean?

Hijacked, Stolen Health Care Reform: Why Health Care Costs Will Not Be Contained

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Act of 2010, our new health care legislation, in March was hailed by its supporters as an historic event. But four months later, it remains controversial.

No Health Care Bill is Better Than a Bad Bill

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Pelosi's health care bill (HR 3962) will not fundamentally reform U.S. health care. This bill is not good enough to pass. We need Medicare for All.

A Death Every 12 Minutes: The Price of Not Having Medicare for All

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

In 2002, that more than 18,000 Americans between the ages of 19 and 64 were dying each year as a result of being uninsured. The new number is two and a half times that figure.

Republicans Defending Medicare: Duplicity Beyond Belief

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Republicans have fought against Medicare from the very beginning. But in their strategy to kill health care reform, they are all of a sudden sounding like defenders of Medicare against the evils of big government.

The Corporate "Alliance" For Health Care Reform: V - Organized Medicine

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Organized medicine has become so fragmented that no one group speaks for the profession. In fact, some groups have endorsed major health care reform.

The Corporate "Alliance" For Health Care Reform: III. The Hospital Industry

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Likely rewards to the hospital industry from health care reform? If events continue in direction they are now, hospitals will thrive, with more insured people and generous accommodations from government.

The Corporate "Alliance" for Health Care Reform: Pledges, Agendas, Tactics and Likely Rewards the Insurance Industry

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

The drug industry's agenda is crystal-clear: expand its markets through wider insurance coverage, avoid price controls, and gain maximal patent protection.

Fiscal Conservatism and Health Care Reform: a Bipartisan No-Brainer?

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Why this incredible disconnect among our elected representatives shaping the future of one-sixth of our economy and future health care of all 310 million of us?

Health Care "Reform" 2009: The Fallacy of Affordability and Cost Containment

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Despite some useful provisions, it is wishful thinking to believe that health care "reform", as projected by current proposals being considered in Congress, can actually make health insurance more affordable and make a real difference to people already burdened by their spiraling costs.

Exchanges, Co-Ops and Cop-Outs on Health Care Reform

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

If enacted, exchanges and co-ops offering a small public option will only raise hopes for reform that will never come, and are therefore a cop-out for those shaping this year's reform attempt.

"Facts" About American Health Care Revisited

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

A recent post at the National Center for Policy Analysis expounded on 10 "surprising facts" about our health care system. The piece cherry picks literature to make a political point.

Subsidizing Our Way To Affordable Health Insurance: A Futile And Unaffordable Quest

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

What is likely to emerge from Congress on health care reform this year, if anything, will not be real reform and will only add to our problems.

The Public Option: Dead By Pen Strokes In Congressional Committees

John Geyman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

The initial idea of a public option was premised on the thought that a public plan could bring needed competition into the financing of health care. Forget that dream.

Individual Mandates: Expensive Policy Failure And Bonanza For Insurers And Market Stakeholders

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Mandates have not resulted in universal coverage in any state. They are complex, very expensive, not sustainable, and have unforeseen unintended consequences.

Health Care Reform 2009: A Train Wreck In Slow Motion

John Geyman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

The debate over health care reform is entering a late stage with increasingly bitter partisan differences over very divisive issues.

Corpocracy vs. Democracy in Health Care Reform

John Geyman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

Since corporate dollars trump individual votes, we have a corpocracy, not a democracy.

Societal Blind Spots As Barriers To Health Care Reform

John Geyman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

Our market-based system breeds costs, not restraint. And none of the various multi-payer proposals being considered in Congress have effective methods to contain health care costs.

The Sham and Shame of the Health Reform "Debate": The Charade Goes On

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

While everyone agrees that the soaring costs of health care should be the principal target of reform, the rhetoric and behavior of the stakeholders do not match.