With most major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act set to go into effect in January 2014, union members across the country have been wondering how it will affect the health care benefits already laid out in their union contracts.
I'm a conservative and would have voted against Obamacare if I were a member of Congress. I think that many of its provisions are silly and have criticized some of them rather loudly. That said, I'm likely to count myself among the winners as the revised health care system rolls out.
As a physician trying to treat sick health care, I follow this critically ill patient closely. What do I see? I see the "treating doctors" arguing a...
Many on the political left -- including a lot of thoughtful people whose opinions I respect -- like the plan a lot more than I do. But I've just discovered a feature I think even they would agree is utterly futile.
The economic research indicates that well-functioning exchanges will bring much-needed competition and individual participation to a market currently characterized by high prices and little choice -- and that can benefit everyone.
Gary Schuster wants you to know about a simple proposal he has for health care. He thinks that with this proposal, taxpayers can save trillions of dollars.
Peeling the Obamacare onion is divulging how it works, layer by layer, year by year. Unions to date, collectively one of the strongest supporters of Obamacare are changing their tune, "Look for the union label" will not likely continue when it applies to the Affordable Care Act.
Until we face the music and change the current model to one that actually makes people pay more for reckless health behavior themselves rather than making others pay for them one they have to pay the piper, it is unclear to this writer that things will fundamentally turn around.
Just over three years ago, we witnessed the historic passage of the Affordable Care Act, a groundbreaking law that will soon make affordable health insurance available to millions of consumers. But many Americans may be asking themselves, "What does it mean for me?"
CDC's report, Problems Paying Medical Bills: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January 2011-June 2012, provides some encouraging news. The data show fewer Americans have trouble paying their medical bills.
The real health care battle in this country isn't the one being fought over the bill everyone now calls "Obamacare." The real battle is the one millions of Americans face every day as they struggle to pay medical bills that now average nearly $10,000 per year -- if they're "lucky."
Fearing someone may get something for nothing and scam the system, we punish the least among us who deserve respect and contribute to society as best they are able.
If you have not been sick lately, you may not be aware that Obamacare is actually already being implemented, and the implementation is going fairly smoothly.
One thing is for sure. If insurers have to insure you, regardless of your health habits and profile, and can't charge you more for poor health habits, they are going to charge more overall.
Although some progressive healthcare providers have begun to transition to digitization, enabling faster and more complete access to patient data, we still have a long way to go toward achieving seamless process and business innovation in healthcare.
There's a problem: hordes of people are getting sick as a result of these very poor lifestyle choices and costing the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars -- and healthy people who are still able to work are being asked to pay for it.