Category Archives: Health Care

The Collapse of “Repeal and Replace” and “Just Repeal” – Was There Ever a Plan ?

Now we know. Despite eight years calling for repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Messers McConnell (R-KY), Ryan (R-WI) and colleagues had no plan, actually no clue, of what to do. This is unsurprising. The ACA is an amalgam … Continue reading

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This Man Has No Sense of Irony

In Britain this morning, there is an 11-month old child named Charlie Gard with a genetic disease that condemns him to death. The disorder, Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome (MDS), is a group of disorders caused by abnormalities in various genes … Continue reading

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Why Has the Senate Kept Us in the Dark about the American Health Care Act ?

The House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act of 2017 (House Resolution 1628) on 4 May 2017. While the Senate is in the process of re-writing this legislation, it is being done completely in secrecy. Democrats, Independents and … Continue reading

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Maybe Death Isn’t All That Bad: Trump’s Budget Proposal Slashes Spending by $3.6 Trillion Over 10 years – Guess Who Pays ?

The “oil spot” theory of counter-insurgency asserts, in brief, that if we take an area and make it safe for the population, the effect of this improved safety would spread beyond the confines of the area made safe(er), kind of … Continue reading

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“Repeal and Replace” is a Lie, it is Simply “Destroy and Enrich”

There is an old political truism that one should never impute intent on the actions of one’s opponents; that they are honorable people with whom one has, simply enough, policy disagreements. This truism does not hold with the Republican ACA … Continue reading

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Repeal of the Affordable Care Act: The Issue Is Not Cost

“Those who need care most often get care least. And even when the poor do get service, it is often second rate…This situation will be corrected only when the poor have sufficient purchasing power to enter the medical marketplace on … Continue reading

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Repealing the Affordable Care Act – Be Afraid

Gentle Readers – this was published this morning in the Daily Item, the paper for this area of Pennsylvania. I grant that it is not measured and without passion. But then, if you have read anything I have written, you … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of the Commons – Drug Shortages and Our Patients’ Health | The American Journal of Medicine Blog

Gentle Readers – A brief editorial written by colleagues and me related to the abuse of the Commons by unbridled capitalism. Yes, we live in a capitalist country, but without proper regulation “..the weak become the meat that the strong … Continue reading

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What Is a Country For? Fighting for the Good Life in Trumplandia

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, The Best Defense Posted by Rebecca Gordon at 7:31am, January 10, 2017. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. At the height of the George W. Bush years, a bit of a TomDispatch piece would sometimes be reposted at a right-wing website with a … Continue reading

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Healthcare Under Trump

Gentle Reader – We are in for a rather wild ride, and I don’t mean that in the most pleasant or interesting way. The new administration – or should I say anti-administration since Trump has appointed government haters to his … Continue reading

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