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Stuart Shapiro

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Harrisburg, Trenton and Beyond: "We Have a Problem"

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 5:09 PM

he U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare, brings to mind Apollo 13 astronaut John Swigert's understated line: "Houston, we have a problem." Only now it's Harrisburg, Trenton, and the nation's 48 other state capitals that have a problem: They must...

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Put Aside Politics-Extend Medicaid Aid to States

(2) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 9:42 AM

It's time for federal legislators to put aside partisan politics and pass legislation to extend federal Medicaid aid to the states.

Across the nation, Democrat and Republican governors have come together to plea with Congress to extend $24 billion in additional federal Medicaid aid to the states, the majority of...

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Way Forward on Health Care Reform

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 9:26 AM

Health care reform has been one of America's biggest policy challenges for more than 40 years. The Clinton administration's attempt to address it in the early 1990s was abandoned after it failed to gain broad support. Without real compromise -- really soon -- the Obama plan faces a similar fate....

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Slashing Medicare to Pay For Health Care Reform Is An Ugly Shell Game

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2009 | 11:56 AM

President Barack Obama has, by words and action, made it abundantly clear that he wants to make monumental health care reform one of the defining achievements of his young administration. To this, I say, "Bravo."

As a former senior staff member to U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), nothing...

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Governors: Don't Fray the Medicaid Safety Net, Congress: Don't Let Them

(1) Comments | Posted June 22, 2009 | 7:10 PM

The federal government is pumping trillions of dollars into state programs to help get the national economy back on track and Americans back on their feet. But whether our most vulnerable citizens truly get the financial assistance promised to them is another question.

The National Governor's Association, led by its...

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Use Medicaid stimulus funds to help seniors

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2009 | 1:14 PM


By Stuart H. Shapiro, MD
President and CEO
Pennsylvania Health Care Association

Pennsylvania will receive nearly $4 billion in additional federal Medicaid funds over the next 22 months as part of the American...

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Love Means Never Having to Say: "I'm Sorry"

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2009 | 5:19 PM

"Love Means Never Having to Say I'm Sorry"
Apology Legislation Saves Money And Contributes Greatly To Healing, Reducing Malpractice Suits
Stuart H. Shapiro, M.D.

One of the first lessons that parents teach their children is to say "I'm sorry" when their actions cause hurt or an...

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Presidential Candidates Lack Long-Term View on Long-Term Care

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2008 | 4:45 PM

The good news is that Americans are living longer than they have previously.

The bad news is that our nation's financial and health-care systems are woefully unprepared for them.

What's worse, neither presidential candidate seems to be giving it much thought.

U.S. Sens. John McCain...

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