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A second opinion on U.S. health care reform

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Posted in Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP blog) on Friday, Jul 2, 2010 By Claudia Chaufan MD, PhD In a recent issue in the New England Journal of Medicine, economist Jonathan Gruber praises the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA) as a “step in the right direction,” even as he expresses […]

In health care as elsewhere, cheaper is not always better.

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So the dirty little secret has come to light. As it appears, in health care, cheaper is not always better. The “pioneering” research produced by the Dartmouth group, propagating the belief that many areas of the country spend more in health care than others, while providing no better, and sometimes worse, care (the study used […]

Support Single Payer in California, and promote a model for the Nation

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The shortcomings of the federal legislation are beginning to unravel, with people either not being able to afford a policy, affording policies that fail to eliminate financial barriers to medically necessary care, or risking financial penalties for failing “wellness” tests. At the same time, a strong movement in support of a publicly funded privately delivered […]

For-profit insurers put profits over health, in more than one way

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(From PNHP.org) For profit insurers put profits over health in more than one way, and now that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has made all but a few American residents their captive audience they are in for a blast. Just weeks after the passage of the Act, that will dramatically increase the number […]

U.S. health system causes headaches in more than one way, and the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" will do little to change this

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(From PNHP.org) Migraines, often characterized by excruciating headache and nausea, are much worse for the uninsured, a new Harvard Medical School study shows. Researchers say migraine sufferers who lack private health insurance get poor care for their condition. They are about twice as likely to get inadequate treatment for their headaches as their privately insured […]

What Frontline missed, and health care justice advocates should know

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Oh yeah! The progressive, single payer community did look forward to the screening of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Frontline production “Obama’s deal”, frustrated as we were by our voice having been buried in a misleading, media-backed “debate” that portrayed all opponents of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” as right-wing lunatics “against reform” […]

What were you thinking about when you chose to become a doctor?

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I don’t know about you, but  I could not help but asking myself that question when hearing Amy Goodman’s show Democracy Now this morning about compensations of executives in the health insurance industry. Not that there is anything to be surprised about, given how close these folks are to major policy decisions in US health […]

New York Times continues cost-cutting campaign with “doctors' thoughts”

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Note: It would have been nice if the New York Times had bothered ask a nationally representative sample of doctors about how costs of health care should be kept at bay for the benefit of patients. But of course the answers might not have helped sustain the propaganda campaign in support of a driver’s insurance […]

Is the new health care bill "an attack on wealth inequality"?

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Is the new health care bill “an attack on wealth inequality”, as New York Times reporter David Leonhardt asserts? For those who are about to uncork the champagne, my advice is to hold off, take a step back, and analyze the “big picture” with a healthy dose of skepticism. It may help to read, and […]

Why does the New York Times support the health care bill?

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To readers of the Social Medicine Portal, here goes an excellent analysis of the “liberal media”‘s position on health care reform, warning ordinary Americans to hold off in uncorking the champagne, even as New York Times editors celebrate the bill as a triumph on behalf of “hard-working Americans”. The New York Times and the Obama […]




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