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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Health care
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

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

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