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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Health care
September 17, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Extend charity care to help debt-ridden patients

As someone with medical debt, I find it inexcusable that hospitals are using the gains of Obamacare as an excuse to slash their charity care programs [“Obamacare helps slash hospital charity costs in state,” Local News, Sept. 14]. My husband passed away from pancreatic cancer two years ago as a result of being underinsured. We were…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: charity care, Franciscan Health System, health care

August 27, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler opposes Affordable Care Act despite daughter’s medical needs

Congresswoman’s vote against the act is selfish Reading the article about Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s child, Abigail, left me with mixed feelings ["Lawmaker’s child beat the odds,” NWSunday, Aug. 24]. On one hand I felt happiness that the child has a chance for a healthy life, but on the other hand how could her mother…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: ACA, Affordable Care Act, health care

August 19, 2014 at 9:19 PM

State medical school: Look for other sources of primary care

What we need is a new primary-care school [“Washington state needs another medical school,” Opinion, Aug. 13]. Primary care does not have to be done by physicians. And since reimbursements and salaries are much higher for medical specialists than they are for primary-care people, training more physicians would not likely improve the primary-care shortages…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Frank K. Mitchell, health care, medical school

August 5, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Proposed Swedish development not right for Cherry Hill neighborhood

How quaint of Andy Cosentino to refer to the proposed Swedish-Sabey development as a “campus” ["Swedish Cherry Hill must grow for health of community," Opinion, Aug. 3]. In 1909, the City of Seattle allowed a hospital to be built in our residential neighborhood so it could be away from the noise and congestion…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Andy Cosentino, Cherry Hill, Swedish Hospital

June 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Public health cuts: Gutting public health department will limit warning signals

The news of looming cuts at Public Health — Seattle & King County is worrisome indeed [“Big cuts possible at King County public health clinics,” Local News, June 13]. Our health department is one of the nation’s strongest, and has for years set the standard for local health department performance. Weakening its epidemiology functions…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Howard Frumkin, public health, Public Health — Seattle & King County

May 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Health-care costs: List pricing to make marketplace more competitive

Another step in fixing our broken health-care system was taken when the Everett Clinic began listing the “retail prices” for the basic procedures [“Everett Clinic starts listing some ‘retail’ prices online,” Local News, May 22]. Hospital procedure pricing lists would help create an open marketplace within the health-services industry, which would greatly benefit patients….

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: costs, Elliot Jarvimaki, Everett Clinic

May 5, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Obamacare’s drug problem: There were many foreseeable problems with the ACA

Columnist Jonathan Martin exposes his own hypocrisy regarding critics of the Affordable Care Act [“Obamacare’s drug problem,” Opinion, April 24]. He accuses opponents of creating “manufactured controversies of the Affordable Care Act,” yet the problems he describes don’t seem very different from the “technical fiasco” he claims was foreseeable. He actually proves the case of…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Cecilia Bordenet, health care

April 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Obamacare: Why are we so scared of a single-payer system?

Syndicated columnist Paul Krugman is absolutely correct about the simplicity of a government single-payer system compared to the private insurance mess that is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [“Obamacare: a Rube Goldberg device,” Opinion, April 5]. Single-payer systems cost half as much and cover everyone without bankruptcies. The ACA does nothing to control the…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, health care, Obamacare

April 1, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case: Would open the door for Christian Scientists

Paul Tong / Op Art

The Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood consolidated cases [“Hobby Lobby case a slippery slope,” Opinion, March 30] are providing the U.S. Supreme Court with an opportunity to double-down on its extremely unpopular and unwise Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling (which created the notion that a corporation has the same protections as real person under the first amendment).

This time it’s about religious freedom, wherein the plaintiffs seek exemptions from established laws for a corporate entity based on the personal beliefs of the corporation’s leader.

While it surprises me that

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Barry Zimmerman, Citizens United, Conestoga Wood

March 31, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Health care: Numbers of enrolled don’t explain much

Columnist Danny Westneat writes, “Statewide, about 375,000 people have insurance due to health care reform” [”As GOP grumbles, many more now insured,” Local News, March 30]. I sure do. My individual policy was canceled, and I was offered a policy with a much higher deductible for double the premium. I was forced into…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Danny Westneat, Hugh Hendrickson

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