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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,…


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…


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….


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…


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…


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…


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

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…


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

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…


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?


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

December 18, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Free market and competition should control health care

Government is not capable of running our nation’s health-care system

The system giving access to the insurance products is flawed so severely that those who need it have to pick up the phone and call [“People stymied by error codes on state health exchange may get more time to enroll,” Online, Dec. 15].

Now the government is asking insurance companies to guarantee coverage to those who tried to sign up but were unable to complete it.

It is embarrassing that in this technically advanced world, with computers, software and Internet that this is happening.

This is unfair to the providers and those trying to purchase it. It is a perfect example of why the government is not capable of running our nation’s health-care system. It is welcome to regulate it, but they obviously should not be this much involved.


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

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