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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.

Lies, Damned Lies and Republican Hypocrisy

Ethan Rome | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

The Republicans will say and do anything to help their rich friends. In the world of post-shame politics, they're the poster children -- they just don't seem to care how extreme and unconscionable their hypocrisy is.

Medical Loss Ratio and Public Health: Questions Linger

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

A key provision has slipped through that threatens both the effectiveness of the Medical Loss Ratio and the integrity of public health departments.

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?

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.

The Tyranny of Wall St.-Run Health Care: No CEO Left Behind

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michele Swenson

The insurance industry has shifted to selling so-called "consumer-driven" plans with very high deductibles that shift a great deal of health care cost from employers and insurers to individuals.

The Simple Health Insurance Solution

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

I've had my own angry, screaming battles with my health insurance carrier. It seems everyone I've talked to has had a similar experience. I just don't see them marching on Washington about it.

Choice In Private Health Plans: Is It Real?

John Geyman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

We are told regularly by advocates of the free market that more choice, as granted by the unfettered private marketplace, is the key to greater efficiency and value for consumers. So what does this look like?

Exploiting the Market Under the Guise of Innovation

John Geyman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

As the market for employer-sponsored health insurance continues to shrink, insurers are now targeting healthier people in the individual market, especially in the 20 to 30s and 50 to 64 age groups.