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Republicans Vote to Repeal Obamacare – Again and Again

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 2:39 PM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Breaking news!! The House of Representative voted to repeal all of Obamacare – for the 33rd time. In a recurring political ritual, Republicans in the chamber denounced the law as a government takeover and said that all of it has to go. Then they backed... Read more

The best health insurance in America is government health insurance

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 2:38 PM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. What health insurance plan has the most satisfied customers? Is it run by a company that is large or small, for-profit or nonprofit, local or national? According to a recent study published in the prestigious journal Health Affairs, the best plan is run by... Read more

Obamacare's opponents just won't stop

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 2:38 PM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Will they ever give up? House Republicans have devised yet another plan to try to undermine the health reform law. This one is an attempt at an end-run around the Supreme Court ruling that upheld it. The Court found that the law’s individual mandate to... Read more

What Paul Ryan's Medicaid cuts would do to your health care

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 2:37 PM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. What’s the biggest change Paul Ryan wants to make to American health care? It isn’t his privatization plan for Medicare, as significant as that is. Ryan wants to make even bigger changes to Medicaid, the program that covers health care for the poor... Read more

Obamacare vs. Romneycare: Is there a difference?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 2:36 PM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Mitt Romney says his Massachusetts health reform plan is much better than Obama’s. He claims it’s different in important ways. If there are big differences, it’s difficult to find them. In an interview last week with a Denver TV station,... Read more

Obamacare is only first step for reform

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 2:34 PM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Will we ever finish reforming health care? Obamacare made a good start. It will save about 30 million Americans from being shut out of the system for lack of insurance. But much more needs to be done. The prestigious Institute of Medicine issued a report... Read more

Could an overweight physician convince you to lose weight?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 2:33 PM
Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Who could be a better guide for helping people to lose weight than their physicians? No one sees the dangers of excess weight more clearly, and no one is better positioned to spread the word. But what if the physician giving the advice could stand to lose a few... Read more

Figuring out why fewer were uninsured in 2011

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 2:32 PM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Here’s some good news about health care for a change. Fewer Americans lacked health insurance in 2011 than in 2010 - almost a million-and-a-half of them. The Census Bureau reported last week that that the number of people without coverage fell from 49... Read more
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Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Professor, Drexel University Kline School of Law & Dornsife 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 College 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 College 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
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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