Friday, December 19, 2014

Robert I. Field

Who thinks Americans are too stupid to understand Obamacare? Jonathan Gruber is not alone

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 6:00 AM
Are Americans too “stupid” to understand Obamacare? Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist and key adviser in crafting the law, famously said so. He commented at a University of Pennsylvania conference in 2013 that “Americans were too stupid to understand” the law’s true... Read more

Obama on the Colbert Report: a new line of Obamacare defense

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:00 AM
Has President Obama finally found his voice to defend his signature domestic initiative? On Monday night, he appeared as the sole guest on the Colbert Report, Comedy Central’s mock news program. (To see the program, click here.) Seeming confident and at ease, Obama joked with host Stephen Colbert... Read more

A Black Friday deal on a doctor visit?

Monday, December 1, 2014, 6:00 AM
Imagine that it’s Black Friday again. You decide that because the Eagles are doing so well this season, you need a brand new 70-inch LED television. You manage to shove your way past the crowd into Best Buy and find the television section. There you see a wide range of televisions, each about... Read more

Health care food for thought for Thanksgiving: must-reads from around the Internet

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:00 AM
Health care news and commentary abounds on the Internet. Here is a sample of some recent stories and blog posts that are particularly intriguing, informative, and enlightening. 6 Pitfalls To Avoid When Picking Insurance On The Job (NPR, Shots: Health News from NPR) Are you getting your insurance... Read more

Obamacare open enrollment goes live tomorrow – what to expect when you shop

Friday, November 14, 2014, 8:54 AM
For one month starting tomorrow, you can return to the federal Healthcare.gov website (or a state exchange website, if your state has one) to buy a health insurance plan for next year. What can you expect to find, if you do? The biggest question on everyone’s mind is whether the federal website... Read more

Obamacare headed for Supreme Court round 3: law and politics collide again

Friday, November 7, 2014, 5:01 PM
Obamacare is headed back to the Supreme Court yet again. The justices decided on Friday to hear a case claiming that the law’s subsidies for low-income shoppers on the insurance exchanges should not be available in the 37 states that use the federal exchange – Healthcare.gov. There is... Read more

Would a Republican Senate really try to repeal Obamacare?

Monday, November 3, 2014, 6:00 AM
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, who would become majority leader if Republicans take the Senate in Tuesday’s election, promises to use the position to repeal Obamacare. Can he accomplish that? More importantly, does he really want to? A full rollback of the law would require 60 votes... Read more

How Obamacare is helping the fight against Ebola

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:00 AM
What’s the main thing an Ebola patient needs once symptoms have appeared? Hospital care in an isolation unit. And they need it right away. How much does the care cost? Up to $24,000 a day according to one expert. And a course of treatment can last up to several weeks. How can patients afford... Read more

Health news from around the Internet – some recent must-reads

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:00 AM
Health care news and commentary abounds on the Internet. Here is a sample of some recent blog posts and stories that are particularly intriguing, informative, and enlightening. - Ebola in United States: EHRs as a Public Health Tool at the Point of Care (Journal of the American Medical Association) The... Read more

Obamacare round 2: Expect improvement not perfection

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 8:51 AM
Regardless of your political position, in October of last year it was clear that Healthcare.gov was not working the way it should have. The federally facilitated marketplace website made signing up for health insurance difficult, denied coverage for many who should have been eligible, and repeatedly... Read more
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Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Professor, School of Law & Drexel School of Public Health
Jeffrey Brenner, MD Founder of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Medical Director of the Urban Health Institute at Cooper University Healthcare
Andy Carter President & CEO, The Hospital & Healthsystem Assoc. of Pa.
Robert B. Doherty Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs & Public Policy American College of Physicians
David Grande, MD, MPA Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Tine Hansen-Turton Chief Strategy Officer of Public Health Management Corporation
Drew A. Harris, DPM, MPH Director of Health Policy Program at the Jefferson School of Population Health
Antoinette Kraus Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network
Laval Miller-Wilson Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project
David B. Nash, MD, MBA Founding Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health
Mark V. Pauly, Ph.D. Professor of Health Care Management, Business Economics and Public Policy at The Wharton School
Howard J. Peterson, MHA Managing Partner of TRG Healthcare, a national healthcare consulting firm
Donald Schwarz, MD, MPH Deputy Mayor for Health & Opportunity and Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia
Paula L. Stillman, MD, MBA Healthcare consultant with special expertise in population health and disease management
Elizabeth A. W. Williams Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer for Independence Blue Cross
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