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John Geyman

Why the Private Health Insurance Industry Has to Go

John Geyman | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

One can argue that the private insurance industry should be regarded as obsolete and not worth saving. However, the ACA has extended its life, including almost $2 trillion in federal subsidies over the next ten years.

Privatization of Medicare: Urgency of the Latest Threat

John Geyman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

House Republicans want to convert Medicare into a voucher program, and would like to see the Senate concur. All this ties together as the biggest threat to health care for seniors and the disabled that we have yet seen. Democrats need to discover their spine!

The ACA at Age 5: What Lessons Can We Draw?

John Geyman | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Having assessed in the last three posts the impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) over the last five years, we have seen that the ACA will not bring universal access, contain health care costs for patients and taxpayers, or improve the quality of care.

The Affordable Care Act at Age Five: Quality of Care

John Geyman | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

The ACA was built on a flawed financing system, which will be unsustainable for patients, families and taxpayers.

Costs and Affordability of Care

John Geyman | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

In this second post assessing the track record of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) five years after its enactment, we now look at its impact on containment of health care costs and affordability of care, two of its principal goals.

Obamacare at Age Five: Access to Care

John Geyman | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Based on the above, together with trends going forward, it is clear that the ACA has failed to remedy the nation's access to care problem.

Brill's Bitter Pill: Accurate Diagnosis, Inadequate Treatment

John Geyman | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

The ACA is unsustainable because of its inefficiency, increasing bureaucracy, and unaffordable costs to taxpayers as well as patients and families. As all this becomes more clear, we should all ask, what should follow the ACA?

Martin Luther King Jr. -- Health Care as a Moral Crisis

John Geyman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

As Martin Luther King knew full well, health care is a moral issue. Virtually all advanced countries around the world recognized long ago that health care is a human right, not a privilege based on ability to pay.

Cancer Care in the US: The Achilles Heel of a Profit-Driven System

John Geyman | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
John Geyman

As other countries have found many years ago, the government must become more involved in pricing and financing of health care services, together with a more rigorous process of assessing services based on scientific evidence, efficacy and cost-effectiveness.

The VA Scandal -- What Lessons Can We Draw?

John Geyman | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
John Geyman

The V.A. scandal over access to care for our veterans is, of course, a betrayal of our government's debt to our veterans and a national disgrace that needs fixing on an urgent basis. Although we still don't know the full extent of the problems.

The Affordable Care Act: Not a Government Takeover But a Privatized Bonanza

John Geyman | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
John Geyman

Though constantly attacked by the right as a government takeover, Obamacare is by no means a not-for-profit public program. Wall Street and investors recognize the potential for profits under the ACA.

Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance: Time to Pronounce it Dead

John Geyman | Posted 12.14.2011 | Business
John Geyman

We have had about a 75-year experiment with employer-sponsored health insurance, but its track record is one of continued decline over the last 30 years -- fewer people covered, less coverage for more costs, and less value of that coverage.

Live or Die: Do We Care Anymore?

John Geyman | Posted 12.12.2011 | Business
John Geyman

We have had about a 75-year experiment with employer-sponsored health insurance, but its track record is one of continued decline over the last 30 years.

'Moral Hazard' In Health Care: Duplicity On Steroids

John Geyman | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

When will logic, common sense, evidence and fairness take center stage for health policy makers and legislators? The way things are going could well be called legislative malpractice.

Myths and Misperceptions About Primary Care

John Geyman | Posted 10.22.2011 | Books
John Geyman

We are indebted to the late Dr. Barbara Starfield of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for this basic definition of the four pillars of primary care.

In Global Recession, Health Care Reform Which Saves Money Is An Economic Imperative

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

While the so-called "debate" over health care reform heats up, the only real option to reform health care -- single-payer national health insurance (NHI) -- is being largely overlooked.

Market-Driven Inflation of Health Care Costs and Spreading Hardships

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Geyman

We are in the second Gilded Age, and conservative market policies fail the public interest.

Ready or Not, Big Change is Coming: The Impending Death Of Private Health Insurance

John Geyman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

Most of us have by now heard many indictments of private health insurance. What's new and may be surprising to many people is this: despite its size and political power, it is a dying industry.