Sweeping changes to legislature are occurring barely one month into Donald Trump’s presidency. On January 9, 2017, the Journal of the American College of Radiology released an article citing four main areas of healthcare that might be affected by Trump’s presidency: repealing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), increasing executive branch authority over physicians’ practices and payments, eliminating the CMMI and its impact on The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, and changing tort reform.… [Read more]
With Donald Trump now officially the president-elect in the United States, there are a lot of questions regarding what his administration will do in a number of key areas, including health care. With so many people all over the country struggling with rising health insurance premiums and the rising cost of prescriptions, everyone is looking for a solution that will work for all people, regardless of income level.… [Read more]
Another session of open enrollment for affordable health insurance is running from November 1, 2016 all the way to January 31, 2017. Under the new open enrollment period, you can enroll and acquire proper healthcare coverage. Election results haven’t changed this.
While there is plenty of information you can read to understand this latest open enrollment period and the available plans, there are still a lot of misconceptions and myths surrounding health insurance and the healthcare industry in general.… [Read more]
American culture is hardwired to exalt the small business owner, and with good reason: small businesses added two-thirds of the three million new jobs created in 2014.
As a result, any cogent political philosophy will pay close attention to the needs of America’s legion of entrepreneurs and small business owners.
The 2016 race is no different.… [Read more]
The Affordable Care Act of 2010 created a number of changes in the American healthcare system. Many caused the system to become more consumer-oriented and less profit-oriented for insurance companies. Despite problems with its rollout, Obamacare is helping to make Americans healthier, while helping to reduce costs for the healthcare industry.
Guaranteed Issue Covered Preexisting Conditions Previously, health insurance companies could increase their profits by denying coverage to people who have already been diagnosed with a medical condition.… [Read more]
Since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2010, the number of uninsured Americans has dropped from 18 percent to 13.4 percent at the end of the 2014 enrollment period, according to a Gallup poll. The law has had its ups-and-downs, but appears to be working the way Congress and President Barack Obama envisioned it.
Each year more provisions of the law go into effect.… [Read more]
The final hours of tax day are upon us. And, last week, the final days of the open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act came to a close. Enrollment exceeded the 7 million figure the government hoped for, but various surveys suggest that information about healthcare coverage, costs, and enrollment still isn’t as clear to the public as most people would like.… [Read more]
Despite a ban on discriminatory health insurance practices against the sick, insurers continue to charge higher rates for treatments required for the management of chronic diseases. The goal here is for insurance companies to offset the cost of such clients, so that they can offer lower monthly premiums to healthy people who will yield a profit and help share the burden of those expensive treatments.… [Read more]
When Americans all across the country rang in the New Year, many breathed a sigh of relief for more than a few reasons. First of all, taxpayers no longer have to wait for Congress to finish constituting the tax laws that impact their 2013 returns and, secondly, the American Taxpayer Relief Act — which went into effect last spring — will extend many advantageous provisions for recently filed returns.… [Read more]
Listening to the rants of those outraged with Obamacare, you’d think our current healthcare system is something to be proud of, and probably difficult to improve upon. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth.
This article reviews some of the problems with our current healthcare system, and how some of the changes ushered in by Obamacare (more officially known as the Affordable Care Act, [the “ACA”]) might help.… [Read more]
It’s a challenge to feel ‘musical’ when surrounded by so much negativity. The “Say It In Song” space has always been used to connect songs of any era and genre to current political events but, given that songs often evoke powerful emotions, it has been difficult to post songs when political tensions are already running so high (or low, if one is taking the disgust factor into consideration).… [Read more]
With the rollout — and consequential fallout — of Obamacare, the real importance of healthcare reform had been temporarily swept aside to clear the stage for politics. While the dust settles on the budget battleground, we are revisiting the initial reasons behind the reform. As the average age and weight of the people in the United States increases, health issues become more pressing.… [Read more]
During this past week the debt ceiling was raised and a government shutdown was ended after 16 days of political rhetoric and hand-wringing. The attempt by the radical right wing of the Republican Party to defund the Obama administration’s signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was a complete failure. The Tea Party Caucus of the minority party held the federal government hostage over this one issue — at least initially — and they walked away with nothing and at the end of the day.… [Read more]
As a result of their attempt to block the Affordable Care Act, the American people have become collateral damage in the latest Republican assault on the Presidency of Barack Obama. They have shutdown the federal government with smiles and glee in their heart — knowing, but not caring about the ramifications of such actions. Just as Robert E.… [Read more]
Dear Mrs. Vera,
Please explain why people object to Obamacare.
Regards Sincerely, Mrs. Petunia Kevorkian
Dear Please Put A Cork In It,
There are as many reasons for not liking something as there are people not to like out there, and our form of representational government insures that most of these unpleasant individuals will be front and center, right in the debate over Obamacare being held in the delightful thought experiment known affectionately, when you are trying to get in its pants, or abusively, if it lets you get into its pants, as Congress.… [Read more]
We Americans do not have the world’s “best” health care, just the most expensive.
Health Care reform must consider skyrocketing costs if any progress is made. We walk a tightrope between cost and quality.
When I slung gin over the bar, one learnt rather quickly from frazzled nurses that “M.D.” too often stood for “Me, Doctor!” The human body is a complex beastie, but we need choices other than which expired medico to raise from the dead, Dr.… [Read more]
The title of this week’s “Say It In Song” pick is one that came to mind several times, one of which was during President Obama’s press conference at which he talked about progress being made in states that have accepted the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
If the states would allow for the Medicare expansion, and let the ACA do what it’s supposed to do, the forces of competition will help to do what is currently happening in California: insurance companies working within the healthcare exchanges and their exorbitant premiums are competitive.… [Read more]
The attention-grabbing title, “I am very disappointed in Governor Rick Scott” was enough to let me know that I would soon have something to smile about. Red State’s Eric Erickson’s morning e-newsletter said the following:
I was one of the few national conservatives to support Governor Scott in 2010 during his primary. He is a fundamentally great person.… [Read more]
For this week’s wrap up, filmmaker Gene Cartwright’s video provides a succinct response. The 2012 answer to Ronald Reagan’s 1980 Campaign question to President Jimmy Carter is clear. At no time can every individual in America answer,”yes” but this short film provides a fact-filled answer that no reasonable questioner can deny. Without the actions presented in the video, the nation would most certainly be MUCH worse off.… [Read more]