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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 26, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Jaime Herrera Beutler’s contradictory positions on health insurance coverage

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s suggestion that the Affordable Care Act has nothing to do with her baby’s survival procedure may be true technically but, in the bigger picture it is all about it [“Survival of Rep. Herrera Beutler’s child a celebrated case study,” Local News, Aug. 24]. Not only does she have great…

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Comments | Topics: Affordable Care Act, health care, jaime herrera beutler

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

June 19, 2014 at 12:05 PM

VA scandal: Private care can reduce travel distance, waits

An excellent column on “Socialized system caused VA issues” [Opinion, June 17] by guest columnist Roger Stark, a health-care policy analyst at the Washington Policy Center, who is also a retired physician. He has very valid points leading to: “There is no reason to duplicate our excellent private health-care system with a cumbersome, costly,…

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Comments | More in Veterans | Topics: health care, Larry Brickman, VA

June 18, 2014 at 12:04 PM

VA health-care scandal: Stories of “socialized” care

Guest columnist Roger Stark’s criticism of the Veterans Affairs health-care system is, from all I read, legitimate ["VA wait-lists a result of socialized health care," Opinion, June 16]. However, blaming  government-operated “socialized medicine” for the problems at the VA is much too simplistic. The people who run the system cause the problem. Government-run universal health care and universal…

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Comments | More in Veterans | Topics: health care, James Behrend, Roger Stark

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 14, 2014 at 7:04 AM

VA hospital scandal: Problems stem from spending cuts by Congress

We already know that the problems in the Phoenix VA hospital were not an isolated occurrence [“House seeks records tied to fatal delays at VA hospital,” Nation & World, May 8]. Other VA facilities in Colorado and Texas are now said to have participated in similar activities of record falsification in an effort to…

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Comments | More in Veterans | Topics: Hank Thomas, health care, Phoenix VA hospital

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 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Enforce immigration laws already on the books

I hope the article in The Seattle Times “Death at the border defies a dream” [Nation & World, April 20] was not written to evoke sympathy from the public. It caused me more cynicism and disdain for the politicians in this country who refuse to enforce the immigration laws that are already on the books.  These…

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Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: health care, illegal immigration, immigration

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