The richest country in the history of humanity has a moral obligation to cover all of its inhabitants with health care coverage. We believe health care is a right, and should not be treated as a benefit reserved for the privileged.
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.
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.
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.
Kucinich submitted an amendment to one health care bill giving states the right to adopt their own single-payer system. Republicans ought to love the chance to walk the walk on states' rights by supporting that one.
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.
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.