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Why privatizing Medicare will cost more and reduce seniors' coverage

Friday, April 8, 2011, 6:00 AM
Should Medicare as we know it come to an end? Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and fellow Republicans say it has to in order to avoid financial collapse. They want to turn the program over to private insurance companies and get the government out of providing benefits directly. The idea isn’t new... Read more

Might Republicans Replace Obamacare With Obamacare?

Friday, April 1, 2011, 6:00 AM
Republicans want to repeal and replace Obamacare. If they do, what will we get? The details are still quite sketchy. Republicans have yet to actually draft a bill or even present a full proposal. However, they have outlined a few key concepts. To make health coverage easier to obtain, they would... Read more

Happy Birthday Obamacare

Friday, March 25, 2011, 6:00 AM
Health reform turned one year old this week. It has certainly been a difficult year. Legal challenges, repeal efforts, and charges that it will destroy American health care with socialism. Has a new law ever had it so tough? The answer is yes. Just look at Obamacare’s big brother, Medicare... Read more

The Japanese Can be Thankful for One Thing – Great Health Care

Friday, March 18, 2011, 7:00 AM
Japan is facing a public health catastrophe. Thousands killed and injured from the earthquake, aJand many drowned by the tsunami. Thousands more may be poisoned by radiation from damaged nuclear reactors. And that is just the start. Severe traumatic injuries may take years to heal, and rare infections... Read more

Defunding Health Programs Could Be The Ultimate Death Panel

Friday, March 11, 2011, 7:00 AM
Your money or your health. The message from Washington these days is that we have to choose. The budget axe would fall on a range of crucial health programs under the spending resolution recently passed by the House of Representatives. The new House leadership promised efforts to defund health reform... Read more

What is Obamacare? Guaranteed health insurance for those who want it

Friday, March 4, 2011, 7:00 AM
We still don’t seem to get it when it comes to health reform. And the more we hear about the law, the less we appear to understand. Last week, a Kaiser Family Foundation poll reported that 22% of the public thinks Obamacare has been repealed, and 26% are not sure. Almost one-third of Republicans... Read more

Looking for Individual Health Insurance? Good Luck

Friday, February 25, 2011, 7:00 AM
Imagine Donna Dubinsky’s surprise when she was turned down for health insurance. The reason? She had a corn on her toe. Donna had applied for individual coverage for herself and her family, after they lost benefits through her husband’s employment. (This is coverage sold directly to the... Read more

Coming soon to a state near you: Health care rationing

Friday, February 18, 2011, 7:05 AM
No one wants the government to ration health care. Least of all, many of health reform’s staunchest opponents. They warned that Obamacare is a veiled attempt to let bureaucrats decide what treatments our doctors can give us. As it turns out, we didn’t have to wait for Obamacare to take... Read more

Who created Obamacare? Free market conservatives!

Friday, February 11, 2011, 7:00 AM
You must purchase health insurance. The government says so. That is the flashpoint of health reform – the individual mandate forcing everyone to buy coverage whether they want to or not. Who concocted this idea? Was it wide-eyed liberals trying to replace the free market with a government-run... Read more

A Silver Lining for Health Reform in the Florida Ruling

Friday, February 4, 2011, 9:08 AM
Reports of health reform’s legal demise are greatly exaggerated. Last Monday’s decision by a federal judge in Florida actually changed very little. It invalidated one part of the law, but that determination has no immediate legal effect. At the same time, it put another key provision on... Read more
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