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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: 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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0 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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0 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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0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Danny Westneat, Hugh Hendrickson

March 25, 2014 at 7:18 AM

Health care coverage is more than just numbers: It’s about quality

In the article “Elusive numbers make it hard to grade state’s health coverage” [Local News, March 22] the writer rightly points out the difficulty of measuring the impact of the Affordable Care Act in terms of numbers of policies or people. It’s questioned how many of the new enrollees were new to health insurance,…

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0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Constance A. Hellyer, Obamacare

March 14, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Supported living: Pay caregivers adequate wages

This is in response to The Seattle Times’ editorial “Senate should protect people with disabilities” [Opinion, March 9]. No one disputes the importance of the state investigating abuse and neglect complaints for individuals with developmental disabilities. It is, however, only one piece of the equation. The other piece is to pay caregivers adequate wages. The…

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0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Department of Social and Health Services, developmental disabilities, Janet Michaelsen

February 25, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Integrating mental health: Important to treat whole patient

The Seattle Times’ editorial urging the Legislature to address behavioral health integration this session is spot on [“Integrate mental health with primary care,” Opinion, Feb. 19]. Every day in our community health center and in clinics across the state, we see patients whose physical health is threatened by substance use or mental-health issues. When…

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0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Legislature, Linda McVeigh, mental health

January 25, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Psychiatric boarding: More, longer admissions is not the answer

Today’s opinion piece by guest columnist Eleanor Owen [“Psychiatric boarding of mentally ill needs to end,” Opinion, Jan. 21] and Brian M. Rosenthal’s story on how hospitals are responding to the threatened loss of funding if boarding continues [“Kirkland hospital to change procedures for ‘boarding’ mentally ill,” Local News, Jan. 21]…

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0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Jonathan R. Beard, mental illness, Psychiatric boarding

January 23, 2014 at 6:04 AM

End-of-life care: Washington state succeeding in hospice care

The recent Washington Post article regarding the apparent fraudulent Medicare claims of a few hospices was very misleading in extrapolating the actions of a few and attributing them to the services of thousands of hospices across the country [“‘Hospice survivors’ a costly trend for Medicare,” Nation & World, Dec. 28]. None of those issues…

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0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Anne E. Koepsell, end-of-life care, Hospice care

January 19, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Health care in Wash.: Stop failing emergency patients

The news this week was bleak. Washington state received a D+ for the level of state support for emergency patients, ranking 35th in the nation according to the American College of Emergency Physicians [“Emergency doctors’ report faults Washington state,” Local News, Jan. 16]. Yet many policymakers remain unaware of the reality we live: a daily…

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0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: emergency patients, health care, hospitals

January 14, 2014 at 12:09 PM

End-of-life care: the role of a health-care provider and the predictability of death

When it makes sense to go against a health-care provider

In response to David Baker, there is a time to die and there is a time to disagree with health-care providers [“When is it worth saving a life?” Opinion, Jan. 9].

In her early 90s, my mom had blocked arteries in her leg and faced potential amputation. After two failed surgical repairs, our advocacy led to a third surgery lasting 8 hours and later days in the intensive care unit where she nearly died. But she lived to be 96 years old and kept her leg. What were those four to six years worth?

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0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: death, end-of-life care, health care

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