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Why the Private Health Insurance Industry Has to Go

John Geyman | Posted 04.09.2015 | 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.

Protecting the Public From Cancer

Bill Couzens | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Bill Couzens

We all can have a role in impacting increasing incidences of cancer; leadership on all levels, both legislatively and in corporate America, must be engaged to do whatever they can to work toward reducing cancer risk.

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.

Long Distance Government

Bill Couzens | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Bill Couzens

Senate bill S.697, legislation to reauthorize and modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act, will create stumbling blocks for states that wish to protect their citizens and their families from harmful chemicals.

The Affordable Care Act at Age Five: Quality of Care

John Geyman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

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

Why Elder Abuse Is Everyone's Problem

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Fifty
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

Clearly, this is an effort that cannot be left to health care professionals alone, but there is more that doctors, nurses and others can do. We can start by including elder abuse in conversations with patients and educating ourselves on the resources available.

Costs and Affordability of Care

John Geyman | Posted 03.09.2015 | 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 02.27.2015 | 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?

A Critical Resource for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 04.01.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Jean's mother, Irene, had been having memory problems and frequent confusion for quite some time and Jean took her to the doctor to discuss these issu...

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.

Picking Experts and the Quest for Great Weight Loss Surgery

Don McNay | Posted 01.28.2015 | Business
Don McNay

The best way to have a successful weight loss surgery is to treat it like a business project. I have definite goals, measurements, objectives, benchmarks, time frames and a vision on where I want to be within a year.

The Common Principles of Slow Food and Slow Medicine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

In our mad dash towards instant gratification and easy comfort, we continue to consume empty calories that yield chronic diseases that we address pharmaceutical interventions.

Ironman Maryland

Brian Boyle | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Brian Boyle

This past weekend I participated in the Inaugural Ironman Maryland, which took place in Cambridge, Maryland. This race was special because there ar...

Stay Sought-After by Connecting Better in Conversation

Kare Anderson | Posted 11.22.2014 | Good News
Kare Anderson

Both online and in person, connective conversations are increasingly rare, so your capacity to connect deeply with diverse individuals will cause you to stand out and attract smarter support sooner in all parts of your life.

Judge Nixes Cove Point LNG Zoning Permit as Dominion Says Will Soon Receive Federal Permit

Steve Horn | Posted 10.26.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogCo-Written with Caroline SelleAn August 6 court decision handed down by Calvert County Circuit Court Judge James Salm...

Music's Power to Overcome and Transform

Francine Toder, Ph.D. | Posted 10.19.2014 | Fifty
Francine Toder, Ph.D.

Music is one of our oldest forms of communication. It resonates with life itself. Like a heartbeat, music provides a rhythm that is uniquely comforting.

The Point of a Health Challenge Is What We Make It

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Since first encountering his work, I have been a great admirer of Larry Dossey, M.D. -- a New York Times bestselling author of several books, as well ...

For Optimal Health, Savor Your Life

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
Michael Finkelstein, MD

In our fast-paced world, we are used to looking for quick-fix solutions to our health challenges, not realizing that these "solutions" in fact may contribute to our problems.

Tiny Iowa County Takes on the King of Online Defamation

Bennet Kelley | Posted 09.11.2014 | Technology
Bennet Kelley

In Gunfight at the OK Corral, a U.S. Marshal from the prairie is called to Arizona to help his brother stand his ground against a band of cattle thiev...

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.

Is It Alzheimer's?

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

Many worried people can take comfort from the fact that a certain amount of age-related memory loss, especially of people's names -- that aggravating "it's on the tip of my tongue" feeling -- is normal and is not a warning sign of dementia or Alzheimer's disease.