Category Archives: politics

Overtreated

I’ve started reading Shannon Brownlee’s book Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer.  Bear in mind that the book is from 2007, prior to the ACA enactment and the current debates about the next direction for … Continue reading

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Medicaid expansion in Virginia

Yesterday, Virginia became the latest state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. What changed? The 2017 statewide elections which broke GOP control of the Virginia legislature and governorship. Votes matter – and in some cases your well-being depends … Continue reading

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Don Berwick breaks down health policy

Don Berwick, President Emeritus of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and former director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, holds weekly online talks about health care and health care policy.  This past week, Berwick broke down the differences … Continue reading

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The wage of the nation

Just some food for thought… Also, in case you were wondering, to be eligible for Medicaid according to the Affordable Care Act, individuals have to make less than $16,040 in a year.  For someone working 40 hours a week, 52 … Continue reading

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the AHCA

I posted this both on Facebook and Twitter the other day but I think it is worth repeating, especially as this forum is supposed to be about the intersection of health care and policy. 1) The AHCA (aka Trumpcare) is … Continue reading

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What drives insurance premium costs? It’s not what you think.

Before the House GOP health care bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act stalled, there was some discussion by lawmakers to repeal the “essential health benefits.”  These were mandatory requirements created by the Affordable Care Act that most … Continue reading

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Medicaid while you work

It’s a tagline from politicians that we’ve heard before for the Welfare program – and now they have their eyes set on Medicaid.  If you are able bodied to work and you want Medicaid, you better find employment or be … Continue reading

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overheard on healthcare

With all that’s been going on lately in health policy, you would think I’d be motivated to write a lot about health care and health policy.  Sadly, that is not the case.  I will share with you something I texted … Continue reading

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AHCA and the disenfranchised

The American Health Care Act would harm LGBT people, people living with HIV, and Black and Latino Americans, according to Fenway Institute analysis: The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief titled What the American Health Care Act … Continue reading

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Happy Presidents Day

Wish I could say the same thing about someone else…

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When they call you a snowflake or a libtard…

When they call you a snowflake, remind them of a this: Put a lot of snowflakes together and you get a snowball, perfect for throwing back at.  Put even more together and you get an avalanche, a force so powerful … Continue reading

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DeVos vote

I know a lot of you are praising Senators Murkowski and Collins for voting against Betsy DeVos but bear in mind they both sat on the Senate committee and voted to move her nomination to the full Senate. They both … Continue reading

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Executive Orders and the Medical Community

It’s sad they even had to release a statement, but below is the full statement from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. February 2, 2017 Dear Members of the Graduate Medical Education Community, Since the Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation … Continue reading

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A jobs plan?

In all seriousness, call them.  

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Religious Freedom Bills

If you needed some good news this week – here it is. Many “religious freedom” bills and “bathroom” bills have been cropping up in many state legislatures lately.  Proponents argue that these bills are necessary to protect religious beliefs and … Continue reading

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Cabinet confirmations

If you’re a concerned citizen and you’re worried about some of the potential Cabinet appointees from the Trump administration – keep reading.  If you aren’t worried, then feel free to move on. There’s more and more evidence that CALLING your … Continue reading

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Queen Meryl

This hilarious image going around the internet today pretty much says it all.

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Louisiana Senate Seat

After Hillary Clinton’s electoral defeat, many of you out there noticed that there was one US Senate seat still being contested – right here in Louisiana.  I saw a lot of chatter about people donating to Democrat Foster Campbell’s campaign … Continue reading

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Monday blues

Sadly there’s no way to make Mondays great again.

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A little post election analysis

There’s been a lot of post-election analysis on why Democrats lost.  And I’m not just talking Hillary Clinton, but also why Democrats failed to secure House, Senate, and state level positions that should have been within their reach.  I’m not … Continue reading

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