Golden Age of Medicare and Medicaid
Aug05

Golden Age of Medicare and Medicaid

Medicare and Medicaid are now fifty years old. I suspect they are the two programs that much of the healthcare establishment still loves to hate the most. Lyndon Johnson’s  signing on July 30, 1965 of  the Social Security Amendments of 1965, created two landmark programs which—along with the tattered VA system—have represented the most “socialized” forms of healthcare in our society. The road to their existence was almost as long as...

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Another Hurdle Cleared at the Supreme Court!
Jun26

Another Hurdle Cleared at the Supreme Court!

  Thanks to the Supreme Court, healthcare reform has cleared another hurdle.  At 10:21 AM yesterday, as I was writing this week’s letter a banner appeared on my screen: NPR:Breaking News–Supreme Court Rules Obamacare Subsidies Are Legal Just seven words but a powerful message. Later I enjoyed looking at all the YouTube commentary on CNN. In particular I enjoyed the President’s words and the brief analysis of Jeffrey Toobin....

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5 Years Later, ACA Is a Big Deal
Apr21

5 Years Later, ACA Is a Big Deal

Last month we passed a big milestone: the fifth anniversary of the ACA (Affordable Care Act). Barack Obama used 22 pens on March 23, 2010 to sign the most important piece of social legislation so far in this young century. If you have about seven minutes, you can hear Joe Biden’s introduction of the President at the signing. Biden’s speech is pretty laudatory and positive but he does not overstate the significance of the President’s...

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Dr. Gene Lindsey Counters 60 Minutes Report Card on Obamacare
Jan13

Dr. Gene Lindsey Counters 60 Minutes Report Card on Obamacare

The other night I watched 60 Minutes and heard Steven Brill and Leslie Stahl report on how Obamacare is doing at this point. There was an air of naiveté and associated helplessness or a sense of victimization by “systemic evil” that was at the core of this segment, although everything I heard was true and the segment ended with a flicker of hope. Before going further let me introduce Steven Brill to those of you who may not know him....

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