December 19, 2014
by Terry D. Cowgill | December 19, 2014 5:30am
The apparent collapse of a deal allowing a for-profit company to buy five hospitals in Connecticut could deal a devastating blow to the patients who depend on those facilities — and to the healthcare access of hundreds of thousands across the state.
December 18, 2014
by Ellen Andrews | December 18, 2014 4:57pm
A wise advocate once told me that if I have a problem with wasting money, I should find a different profession. The latest example of that truth is HITE-CT, a quasi-public entity created in statute to develop a system of health information exchange (HIE) for our state. HITE-CT was dissolved by the legislature this year after wasting $4.3 million in federal grants and four years without accomplishing anything.
December 16, 2014
by Wendell Potter | December 16, 2014 5:30am
Upcoming Financing Plan Will Reignite Debate Over Single-payer System In Vermont
Two weeks from now, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will describe how he thinks the country’s first state-based single payer system will be financed. Whether the Green Mountain State keeps moving forward with its goal of achieving universal coverage while also reducing the growth of health care spending depends largely on how the state’s residents and businesses react to what Shumlin has in mind.
Tags: Wendell Potter, Health, Health insurance, Health care system, Social Issues, Labor, Health economics, Healthcare, Medicine, Health and Medical and Pharma, Healthcare reform, Health policy, Universal healthcare, Single-payer health care, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Peter Shumlin, dh
November 28, 2014
by Terry D. Cowgill | November 28, 2014 5:39am
Few thorny topics arouse the passions of the masses like death. The finality of the act of dying, who causes the death and under what circumstances cause us to sit up and pay attention even as other controversial issues provoke a yawn.
November 26, 2014
by Wendell Potter | November 26, 2014 5:58pm
Supremes To Decide Challenge To Obamacare Based On A Single Sentence
At least four million Americans will rejoin the ranks of the uninsured — and consequently lose access to affordable health care — if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of Obamacare in a case that hinges on the interpretation of a single sentence in the law. But if that’s the price that has to be paid to impose an ideology that worships the so-called free market no matter what the cost, so be it, say the folks at a libertarian influence shop in Washington.
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September 16, 2014
by Wendell Potter | September 16, 2014 4:30am
Boeing Experiment Will Be Closely Watched By Business CEOs And Insurers Alike
There are many Americans who are beginning to question the contributions big insurance companies make to our health care system. And I’m not just talking about lefty advocates of a single-payer system. Corporate executives are also wondering why we need the big insurers and whether higher-quality and more cost-effective care could be provided to employees if they didn’t have to deal with health insurers at all.
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September 8, 2014
by Ellen Andrews | September 8, 2014 4:30am
Despite mounting evidence, the myth persists that Connecticut’s Medicaid spending is out of control. And unfortunately policymakers are responding to the myth with flawed policies that could cause more harm.
Tags: Medicaid, Ellen Andrews, Connecticut, health care, health insurance, shared savings, HUSKY, dh
September 3, 2014
by Wendell Potter | September 3, 2014 4:30am
Proposition 45 Would Allow State To Reject Rate Hikes
For the next two months, Californians will be subjected to a barrage of TV, radio, and online ads, which, ironically, they unknowingly will be paying for with their health insurance premiums.
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August 28, 2014
by Wendell Potter | August 28, 2014 9:00pm
Obamacare Forced Cuts At Hospitals, But Not For Other Segments Of Industry
As one of an estimated 78 million baby boomers in this country, I was delighted to hear that Medicare’s Hospital Trust Fund won’t run out of money until 2030 — 13 years later than projected in 2009, the year before Congress passed the Affordable Care Act.
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August 19, 2014
by Wendell Potter | August 19, 2014 4:30am
Distortion Now A Standard Part Of Political Discourse On Health Care
In most of our country’s major institutions, we have little tolerance for cheating and lying. Whether it’s the court system, schools, businesses, even our sports teams, we impose stiff sanctions against those who deceive us to gain some advantage.