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The Health Care Cost Curve -- It's Bending

Bob Semro | Posted 08.26.2013 | Denver
Bob Semro

If the cost of commodities had gone up at the same rate as health care since 1945, a dozen eggs would cost $55, a gallon of milk would be $40 and a dozen oranges would cost $134, according to the Institute of Medicine.

Personhood: Causality of Modern Medicine

John Geyman | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

The present state of health care in this country to an increasing extent involves strangers caring for strangers, with patients' narratives and life stories no longer a key element guiding decisions about their own health care.

Hijacked: Stolen Health Care Reform V

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

This is the last of my five posts on the PPACA wherein I will analyze whether the legislation delivers enough to be worth the $1 trillion investment over the next 10 years and whether it will really work.

Hijacked: Stolen Health Care Reform IV: Will the Quality of Care Improve?

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

In our last three posts, we examined how the PPACA stacks up against the goals of reform for cost containment, affordability and access to care. Here we consider what its likely impact will be on the quality of care.

Hijacked: Stolen Health Reform III: How Much Will Access to Care Be Expanded?

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is being touted by its proponents as moving the country to near-universal coverage and a great step ahead in U.S. health care. But what does this really mean?

Hijacked, Stolen Health Care Reform: Why Health Care Costs Will Not Be Contained

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Act of 2010, our new health care legislation, in March was hailed by its supporters as an historic event. But four months later, it remains controversial.

No Health Care Bill is Better Than a Bad Bill

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Pelosi's health care bill (HR 3962) will not fundamentally reform U.S. health care. This bill is not good enough to pass. We need Medicare for All.

A Death Every 12 Minutes: The Price of Not Having Medicare for All

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

In 2002, that more than 18,000 Americans between the ages of 19 and 64 were dying each year as a result of being uninsured. The new number is two and a half times that figure.

Republicans Defending Medicare: Duplicity Beyond Belief

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Republicans have fought against Medicare from the very beginning. But in their strategy to kill health care reform, they are all of a sudden sounding like defenders of Medicare against the evils of big government.

The Corporate "Alliance" For Health Care Reform: V - Organized Medicine

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Organized medicine has become so fragmented that no one group speaks for the profession. In fact, some groups have endorsed major health care reform.

The Corporate "Alliance" For Health Care Reform: III. The Hospital Industry

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Likely rewards to the hospital industry from health care reform? If events continue in direction they are now, hospitals will thrive, with more insured people and generous accommodations from government.