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Why Dying In America Is Harder Than It Has To Be

Kaiser Health News | Jenny Gold | Posted 09.17.2014 | Business

This article originally appeared on Kaiser Health News. It is time for conversations about death to become a part of life. That is one of the th...

A Main Street Way to Help Obese People

Don McNay | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Don McNay

"Don't you know things can change Things'll go your way If you can hold on for one more day" -Wilson Phillips I'm 55 years old and morbidly obese. ...

Dire Predictions About Doctor Shortage Post-Obamacare Haven't Panned Out

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

It's true that the number of doctors per capita in the U.S. likely will continue to decrease, especially in rural areas. But even though an estimated 13 million Americans have become newly insured since the first of this year, the predictions of the gloom-and-doomers have not panned out.

Obamacare Prediction Was Totally Overblown

Kaiser Health News | Phil Galewitz | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business

Provided by Kaiser Health News: The headlines were ominous: Good luck finding a doctor under Obamacare. Not enough doctors for newly insured. Obama...

Waiting for Godot -- Supreme Court Style

Linda Bergthold | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

In the play Waiting for Godot, Godot never arrives, but the entire play is consumed with hand-wringing about what might happen if he did appear. In the case of the Affordable Care Act, there is similar hand-wringing over the Supreme Court decision about the fate of health reform, although we know the answer will arrive by the end of June. What are the possibilities for a Court decision on health reform and what might the impact be in each case? If the entire Act is declared unconstitutional, Americans could lose a number of benefits that have already been implemented; or, we could lose the opportunity, once health reform is fully implemented in 2014, to choose a health plan through a state exchange. With that loss, we would see a revival of the high cost of individual insurance plans and the chance of being rejected for coverage.

Guess Who Would Benefit From Privatizing Medicare?

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you think the idea of privatizing Medicare has gone away, that the health insurance industry has thrown in the towel on one of its biggest goals, there was fresh evidence last week that you would be wrong.

Who Knew? California May Have a Public Option

Linda Bergthold | Posted 03.15.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

During the health reform debate, there was controversy and disappointment over the failure to include a public option in the Affordable Care Act. Not only did the public option idea not die, it is alive and well in California.

Health Insurance Claim Denied? Don't Despair. Fight Back.

Linda Bergthold | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

If you thought that insurers just threw a dart at a board to deny a claim, you would be wrong. According to a recent report, fighting back when you have a health insurance claim denied is well worth your time.