Include managed-care plans Dr. Ricardo Jimenez, medical director of Sea Mar Community Health Centers, highlights a significant deficiency in the state’s new Health Benefit Exchange. [“Guest column: Falling short of Obamacare’s goals,” Opinion, Aug. 15.] The exclusion of Medicaid managed-care plans will hurt people currently receiving health care under these plans. If these plans do not meet…More
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Socialized medicine is a bad idea These people who complain about medical costs are probably the same people that vote for amnesty. [“Northwest Voices: Hip-replacement costs,” Opinion, Aug. 8.] When I lived in Yakima, a sign was posted in the lobby of the hospital. It said, if you were an undocumented Hispanic person, you didn’t need…More
Solutions for ‘unsustainable’ programs? The Seattle Times editorial said that we must consider cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security because the aging of the population has made these programs unsustainable [“Avoid sequester gimmick,” Opinion, Feb. 22]. My question is: And what? We just let them die? Let them starve and turn them away from our…More
Non-physician health-care providers will be indispensable In his op-ed, “Are there enough doctors to expand Medicaid coverage?” [Opinion, Feb. 19], Dr. Nick Rajacich argues that as Washington considers expanding Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we should figure out whether there are enough doctors and other caregivers to care for the potential…More