Health Care category archive
In retrospect, I’ve concluded that the more to HMO-style health care that started in the 1970s and 1980s as the way to “fix” American heath care was a big mistake. It effectively put American health care under the control of insurance companies, which are incentivized, as the neologism goes, to provide as little actual care as possible, and removed it from medical professionals, most of whom (and yes there is the occasional glaring exception) care about caring.
A small move toward truth in vending . . . .
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday the Trump administration has finalized regulations requiring drug companies to disclose list prices of medications costing more than $35 for a month’s supply.
Drug companies responded that adding prices to their commercials could unintentionally harm patients.*
Much more at the link.
David points out Senator Chuck Grassley’s health care hypocrisy. (Warning: Commercial at the 7:30 mark.)
A caller, now living in Arkansas, describes his first-hand experience with Canadian healthcare and exposes the propaganda promulgated by the insurance companies.
Image via Job’s Anger.
David discusses Italy’s move against the anti-vaxxers, as well as the types of emails he gets from anti-vaxxers on the right and the left when he covers this issue.
Thom tries to understand why Republicans are so dead set against affordable health care. Callers propose various theories.
(I think the second caller may be onto something.)
Dick Polman takes a long and penetrating look at the ruling from a Texas Federal District court that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, even you the Supreme Court ruled otherwise six years ago. If you want to know what’s going on, his analysis is a good place to start.
Here’s a bit (italics in the original):
Repealing the law by fiat…True that. Conservatives always complain about “judicial overreach,” about liberal judges “legislating from the bench.” Yet here we have a classic example. The broad sweep of this ruling – if allowed to stand – would wipe out everything in the law, from the popular protection of people with preexisting medical conditions, to the popular coverage for young people until age 26, to the expansion of Obamacare via Medicaid – which has become so popular that it’s now a feature in 36 states, including Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah, and West Virginia. Those I’ve listed are all red states.