A political party has been so effective at demonizing government that it’s asking a lot anymore to expect sympathy for the innocent victims of the collapse of a functioning government — government workers. But that doesn’t mean Mallory Lorge Bischoff’s story isn’t an appropriate reminder that beneath most headlines, there is a human story to consider. Read more →
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Tag: Health care
Poof! Just like that, health care became affordable for Drew Calver. He’s the guy who had a heart attack and got a bill for $164,941, $109,000 after insurance, an amount so outrageous that NPR and Kaiser Health News reported his story. Read more →
Maybe cutting health care for the mentally ill, the elderly, and the disabled is simply the price of freedom, a price someone else will bear so that we may enjoy its benefits. Read more →
Trump is appointing Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as the new secretary of health and human services, the perfect person, Vox says, to roll back health care coverage, an issue Democrats were too afraid to defend in the recent election.
Price is one of the few Republicans in Congress who actually has proposed health care legislation in the post-Obamacare world. Read more →
It’s a big win for retailers who were afraid that if the Supreme Court had upheld the Court of Appeals approval of a consumer fraud suit they would be required to reveal their profit margins. Read more →
The U.S. has a lousy health care system, a new survey says. But don’t rush to blame it on the Affordable Care Act. We’ve had a lousy health care system for 10 years. The survey data for the year was taken before ACA went into effect, but experts say the ACA alone won’t make much Read more →
There’s a little more information about what may have been behind that faulty NPR story about a Texas couple who claimed they couldn’t find an obstetrician to take their private insurance, which they bought as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
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The Affordable Care Act guarantees coverage for a pre-existing condition? That’s not necessarily the case. Read more →
There’s something not right at all about this morning’s NPR story from Texas in which a Texas family dropped their Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance because not a single one of the 28 obstetricians in their area ‘took Obamacare.’
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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from states that set up their own health care exchanges, it’s that silly advertising doesn’t make a good case for getting health care.
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The survey, from the Kaiser Family Foundation, finds found that only 39 percent of uninsured people 18-64 know that Monday is the deadline to sign up for individual health insurance this year or risk a penalty. Read more →
While MNsure says it has exceeded its goals, it’s still far short of its original goals. Read more →
A new study from a Boston cancer center is shedding new light on one of life’s most difficult decisions: Whether and/or when it makes sense for us to fight it. Read more →
A reminder that when it comes to cancer, insurance companies still call the shots. Read more →
Should the government pay you to be alive, Judging a person by their cover, the homeless patch of North Dakota, it takes a village to keep a 102-year-old-woman in her home, and why on earth do we live on this sport on earth? Read more →