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October 14, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Ebola: Health-care obstinance helped create problem in Texas

Froma Harrop’s column regarding the Ebola case in Texas is the only thing I have heard or seen that began to address the real problem: the abysmal health care available in Texas generally and for the poor specifically, as is also the case in other states refusing Obamacare and Medicaid options [“Ebola and…

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Comments | More in Ebola | Topics: Ebola, Froma Harrop, L. Patrick Carroll

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

July 27, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Government dysfunction: The power of pledges

Our words and our promises matter. That’s why the Independent Women’s Voice created the Repeal Pledge, for repeal of the president’s health law. Recently, columnist Danny Westneat wrote that pledges make Washington, D.C., “dysfunctional” [“No new taxes’ means no new anything in D.C.” Local News, July 15] But pledges like ours are not responsible…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Danny Westneat, Hadley Heath Manning, Independent Women’s Voice

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

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

February 13, 2014 at 6:02 AM

U.S. workforce: Revise hourly wage system for low-paid workers

Ross Douthat’s syndicated column, “Leaving work behind” [Opinion, Feb. 11], juxtaposes liberal and conservative solutions to the tendency of low paid workers to leave the workforce. One other solution should be considered: amendments to the wage and hour laws. If, over the course of a number of years, the 40 workweek were reduced to…

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Comments | More in Income inequality | Topics: jobs, Obamacare, Ross Douthat

December 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

The Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction

Provides treatment for those with pre-existing conditions

President Obama speaks about the new health care law during a White House Youth Summit in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

President Obama speaks about the new health care law during a White House Youth Summit in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Andrew Reding might be among the small minority who have to pay higher health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act [“I can’t keep my health plan,” Opinion, Dec. 6].

However, he fails to recognize he is actually getting more. Not only can he no longer be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition, it cannot be rescinded if he utilizes it. Should he suffer from a catastrophic illness or injury, there is no longer a limit on what his insurance will pay. Of bankruptcies filed in 2007, over 60 percent were due to medical expenses — 75 percent of those individuals had health insurance.

This doesn’t happen in other developed nations. They provide universal health care at a lower per-capita cost than the U.S. system, and have better outcomes. They don’t utilize for-profit insurance companies, and because all are covered, treatment is sought at earlier stages.

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

December 3, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Keep political corruption and bankruptcy out of health care

Single-payer system can standardize medical costs

Regarding the costs of health care, Paul Krugman need only repeat the indisputable facts about single-payer systems. Single Payer systems all around the world average 10 percent of GDP while we spend 20 percent of GDP annually in the U.S. on health care [“Obamacare’s secret success,” Opinion, Dec. 1].

Statistics show how only a single-payer system can control costs best into the future. That’s the only reason we’re all talking about health care in the first place.

These facts prove that the Affordable Care Act is nothing but a shameful continuation of the massively corrupt health-care mess in this country. At least 30 of the authors of the ACA are now “consultants,” helping corporations navigate the dizzying law.

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

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