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Obama cancels meeting of President’s Council Bioethics

I wonder whether the new commission/committee/council will have even one pro-life member? Will Robert P. George (one of only 3 or 4 conservative bioethicist with tenure at a major university), for example, have a spot? And remember the fuss and bother when some of the members of President Bush’s Council were replaced in March, 2004? … Continue reading

>$1 Trillion to cover 11 Million people

>According to the Associated Press, 37 Million people would remain uninsured under the legislation discussed in Kennedy’s Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. If there are 48 million uninsured, now (not, more below), then one trillion dollars to cover an additional 11 million people. Can you imagine? There’s no coverage at all for people … Continue reading

>Daschle/Dole/Baker! Health care on the fast track -along with the entire Nation’s finance

>Right after this Yellow Brick Award ceremony, I’m thinking that it may save my life for me to learn to use Twitter and Facebook. Now. While President Obama is planning to take over the entire finance world ASAP, ABC is planning their all-day infomercial for Obama and his push – there is no “plan,” yet … Continue reading

>Force Medicare "reform" without proof that it will work?

>The Washington Post reports on the latest findings of the “Medicare Payment Advisory Commission” (MedPAC) today. According to the WaPo, this is a “commission that advises Congress on the federal medical program for older Americans.” In other reports, there is mention that President Obama plans – at the same time – to cut Medicare and … Continue reading

>Public Funding for Health Care in Real Life

>I don’t see how this will cut costs to the government for Medicare and Medicaid. The group Physicians for a National Health Plan, published a link to an April, 2009 report from the Lewin group by Sheils and Haught outlines the expected effects on insured, employers, doctors and hospitals under various types of public plan … Continue reading

>Texas Medical Association Health Care Principles

>Available for members on the TMA website, but looks okay to post here. The TMA House of Delegates adopted the principles as official TMA policy in May. They include: * Promote portable and continuous health care coverage for all Americans using an affordable mix of public and private payer systems. * Promote patient safety as … Continue reading

AMA offers public plan compromise

One more post before I have to work, from the American Medical Association morning newsletter. Unfortunately, I can’t access most of the links: AMA offers public plan compromise. The AP (6/12, Tanner) reports that the American Medical Association “has long opposed government intrusion into healthcare and believes reform can be achieved by revamping private health … Continue reading

>HELP (the whole government prepaid health plan)

>Appropriate (on several levels), the proposed plan for government mandated and government financed health care is called the “HELP” plan. The current draft (I think)in .pdf can be accessed, here. The Kennedy “draft of a draft” was 167 pages long. This thing is over 600 pages and I’ve gotten through about 150 pages, so far. … Continue reading

>TriCommittee Health Care Bill Summarized

>I’m still looking for the actual Bill(s), with the names of sponsors. Evidently the Kennedy Bill is going to be voted on next week. In the meantime, the “Tri-Committee plan” is summarized, here. Eliminates cost sharing, creates “accountable care organizations,” allows employers to chose between offering coverage and “contributing funds on behalf of their uncovered … Continue reading

>Downgrading American Medical Care

> That image above is from a report in the American Spectator by Betsy McCaughey (the former Lieutenant Governor of New York State) on the true cost of medical care in the United States. It demonstrates that Americans still pay approximately the same for combined food and medical care expenses. As food costs less of … Continue reading

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