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]
There is no question about the fact that healthcare is broken in the United States and really has been for many years. It was largely on the issue of unaffordable healthcare that Obama won the presidency in 2008, and it is still largely due to an unaffordable and broken healthcare system that led Donald J. Trump to victory in 2016.… [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]
For years, millions of Americans were either covered by an insurance plan they couldn’t afford or had to forego insurance altogether, creating mountains of medical related debt and extensive health problems. Since the inception of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare or Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), in March of 2010, more and more Americans have been able to receive health care that is affordable.… [Read more]
Millennials (people born around 1983-2000) and their parents got along better than any generation measured before (many millennials even partially support their parents) and yet there is a fundamental difference in the political actions of millennials and the generations before them. I know, I stereotyped a whole generation, but we are talking trends (instead of individuals) and the trend says that the political ideal of the young and old are rapidly rupturing. … [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]
Last night I was talking with someone who has an active mind that I very much respect. I always enjoy our discussions whether about politics, sports or women. Politically we are polar opposites, but we share passions and, at the end of the day, we share many concerns. This was not an angry or contentious discussion by any means but, toward the end, I realized, perhaps for the first time, that our views of the state of America are as opposed as our solutions.… [Read more]
Preventative care is all the buzz these days in the medical field.
Think about it: every so often, you take your car in for a tune up so as to hopefully prevent serious problems from occurring down the road. Maybe the mechanic will notice something’s slightly loose in your engine and tighten it. Had he or she not done that, a few more miles of wear and tear and your engine might have overheated—with you bearing the brunt of the bill.… [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]
Public health and the availability of healthcare services have become increasingly prominent issues in recent years. In the US, the controversial debate regarding the possible establishment of a public healthcare system has sparked many to revaluate their opinions towards public healthcare.
How public healthcare works
The fundamental principle behind a public healthcare system is that the tax payments which individuals make to the State will be allocated towards the payment of their healthcare.… [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]