Last week has been a busy week for EMBRACE: We were informed that the Annals of Internal Medicine accepted our letter to the editor for print. The letter was in response to an Ideas and Opinions piece entitled “Single-Payer Reform: The Only Way to Fulfill the President’s Pledge of More Coverage, Better Benefits, and Lower… Continue reading EMBRACE update for week of June 12th 2017: Librarians, Hospitals and More YouTube
As congressional Republicans have advanced their ACA ‘repeal’, EMBRACE has had some noteworthy progress. 1) ‘The Hill’ published an opinion piece entitled “EMBRACE single system healthcare reform-How Congress can repeal Obamacare while creating a more perfect healthcare system“. There were a lot of shares and comments. 2) Dr. Lancaster’s book was reviewed by Cardiology Magazine, The Daily Voice and… Continue reading EMBRACE Healthcare Reform Updates
The Daily Voice recently featured a discussion of Dr. Lancaster book and his presentation on EMBRACE at the Mark Twain Library. REDDING, Conn. — Like most Americans, Dr. Gil Lancaster of Redding realizes the United States needs to overhaul its health care system. The difference is the Redding cardiologist and physician at Bridgeport Hospital has… Continue reading EMBRACE featured in the Daily Voice
Wow! Before the elections, even the most hopeful Republicans could not have foreseen it. For the first time since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was made into law, Republicans will control both houses of Congress as well as the presidency. For those who oppose the ACA (also known as Obamacare), this means that there will… Continue reading Donald Trump and a Republican Congress… A Great Opportunity for Real Healthcare Reform?
Recently the Commonwealth Fund blog published a piece entitled: The Health Care Reform Proposals of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The short version of the article is Clinton would keep the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with some tweaks and Trump would repeal the ACA and tweak what is left. I believe that to focus on… Continue reading Clinton and Trump on Healthcare Reform: A Summary and a New Idea
In a New York Times oped piece yesterday entitled “Obamacare Hits a Bump”, Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize winning Economist, succinctly explains why private insurance companies are raising prices and reducing coverage on policies that they offer on exchanges; or pulling out of the exchanges altogether. Not surprisingly, the reasons seem to boil down to… Continue reading No ‘Easy Fix’ to Obamacare: But, Maybe an Alternative?
So; yesterday the New York Times had a piece with the headline, “Health Insurers Use Process Intended to Curb Rate Increases to Justify Them.” Briefly it explains that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had created a public review process that was intended to shame private health insurers from demanding high premiums. But, instead of helping… Continue reading Why Obamacare Cannot Fix the American Healthcare System
A recent story on NPR about why cardiac rehab is underutilized brings up some of the nuances of our broken healthcare system. One of the reasons identified in the report for patients not using cardiac rehab is because of the ‘co-payments’ charged by insurance. Copayments are charges that the patient must pay to the provider at the time of… Continue reading Nickel and Dimed to Death
This article in today’s New York Times is only one of many examples why our healthcare system is broken, and cannot be fixed. In this particular case, it is the inherent conflict between the federal government’s push to have everyone covered by health insurance and the private health insurer’s need to make a profit. The… Continue reading Our Broken, Archaic Healthcare System: Part I