Still the most feared of all diseases, cancer now has some good news. But the responsibility is yours to make sure you are one of the good statistics, not one of the bad ones.
14 hospitals in the United States are charging more than ten times their costs for treatment. Specifically, for every $100 one of these hospitals spends, the charge on the corresponding bill is nearly $1,200.
A valid criticism of the Affordable Care Act is that it doesn't do enough to control health care costs. But all is not lost. Progress can be made to control health care costs. And once again, Massachusetts might be able to lead the way.
On the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, many Americans are still operating under the assumption that people choose to be poor and unemployed, that they'd rather be lazy than rich, that they can afford the basic necessities of life. But the numbers tell a different story.
We are at a crossroads of a historic inflection point where human health care could tip from a focus on cure to one on prevention. At the risk of sounding like a Miss America contestant describing her platform to "change the world," that's precisely the kind of radical paradigm shift I'm proposing.
In recent years, conservative evangelical and Catholic activists have made "religious liberty" their culture war rallying cry as well as their primary legal and political strategy. In doing so, they often use irresponsible rhetoric about American Christians being subject to tyranny and religious persecution.
While Obamacare may not be replicating the French health care system, it seems that its goals are similar, but unfortunately remain unaffordable. Therefore, it is necessary for its policies to promote those goals and make them affordable.
Right now, we know some things about the dysfunctional Healthcare.gov and the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act, but it's what we don't know that should keep us all up at night.
Look, if you ask people who don't have health insurance why they don't have it, 90 percent say that it's because they can't afford it. Which leaves two options: 1. Make it affordable. 2. Tell them to go to hell. Obamacare represents the first option.
The dawning of the new year may usher in a seismic shift for at least two subjects in the political arena, because for the first time both proponents and opponents will be forced to frame their arguments based on actual, verifiable reality rather than just wildly overblown hopes or fears.
Nothing about the persistence of the serious hardships facing millions of Americans, worsened by longer-term trends and exacerbated by the after effects of the disastrous 2007 financial crisis has moved the party one iota. The GOP remains as determined as ever to perpetuate the concrete suffering of large numbers of Americans.
You know the old adage "As Maine goes, so goes the nation"? Well, under the leadership of my opponent for governor, Gov. Paul LePage, that is no longer the case. Instead of leading Maine, he is making us fall behind.
Quite simply, if we had subjected D-Day to 21st century levels of scrutiny and accountability, its 'rollout' might have had uncomfortable parallels to the ACA's. Here is a sampling of the things that went terribly wrong in the first hours, days, and weeks of the Normandy invasion.
Obama started the month of December at rock bottom. There's just no other "polite" way to put it, folks.
This being just five days into the new year, I hate to start off with some negative complaints, especially because my unhappiness has to do with the incomplete reporting.
The story of the young invincibles has come to be a major morality play with some supporters of Obamacare arguing that these young people have a duty to sign up for their plan. Some have tried to appeal to self-interest, pointing out that even young healthy people can get in accidents or hit by serious illness.