With an estimated 1.6 million New Yorkers remaining uninsured even after health reform is implemented fully, some health centers (and hospitals, too) will continue to see large shares of uninsured patients.
Unless we change behaviors and the environments people live and work in there will be limited impact on the economic burden a society and a community face. In other words, we can't afford to still primarily focus on medical care.
As a researcher, my concern with Obamacare is that it's dependent on the premise that young healthy people will make their way to the health exchanges; however, it achieves that objective by relying on bully-tactic regulations that impose rather than invite participation.
Both the AAN and Chamber have spent millions on ads calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. While Aetna stands to gain financially from the law, it and other insurers have been critical of the potentially profit-threatening consumer protections and regulations in it.
When it comes to health care, some politicians want us to believe that we can have it both ways -- we can reduce health care costs and increase quality at the same time.
In short, the guy accomplished the unimaginable. We are now is as stable and strong as can be for a fractured, deeply corrupt, post-9/11 nation on the verge of perpetual economic and environmental apocalypse. Miraculous? Damn straight.
Dan is a gay man from Michigan who called my radio program on Oct. 23. He sounded frantic. He'd received one of the infamous cancellation letters from his insurance company, he said.
Rather than relying on the traditional approach of almost begging young medical students to consider primary care, we should change regulations and energize the market so that care managers can deliver more aspects of primary care.
Regardless of the term used to describe the new health care law, less than one quarter of young people ages 18 to 29 say they will definitely or probably enroll in insurance through an exchange.
The holidays are right around the corner. It's no wonder I've got shopping on the mind. And as with the contagion of Christmas music in a mall, I can't help but join the carol of intrigue surrounding the new health care marketplace.
America spends more on health care than any other country in the world, despite our uniquely non-socialized system, yet our health outcomes are at or below the bottom of the range for developed countries. Why?
The breadth of the ACA's impact so far clearly shows the discussion of the successes and failures of the ACA needs to extend well beyond the narrow focus on website functioning, enrollment in the federal website, and the cancellation of some health plans.
The intense media hype around the troubled Obamacare roll-out threatens to obscure the real issue at hand: how to go beyond the piecemeal Affordable Care Act (ACA) and build a truly universal health care system that provides equal, high-quality care to everyone.
The unpopularity of the Republican right-wing agenda is demonstrated in poll after poll. Congress itself has never been more unpopular in history. And yet, according to Krauthammer, the problems with the healthcare.gov website "will discredit Obama's new liberalism for years to come."
My life and my heart were full -- a wonderful husband, three great children, a fantastic job with good benefits -- but in just one day I went from being a perfectly healthy 41-year-old woman to a breast cancer patient.