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Robert Field

Figuring out why fewer were uninsured in 2011

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 9:30 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

Could an overweight physician convince you to lose weight?

Friday, September 14, 2012, 11:05 AM
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

Obamacare is only first step for reform

Friday, September 7, 2012, 9:41 AM
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

Obamacare vs. Romneycare: Is there a difference?

Friday, August 31, 2012, 10:11 AM
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

Medicare just got cheaper - again

Friday, August 24, 2012, 11:07 AM
For the third straight year, Medicare spending will grow more slowly than expected. That’s the conclusion of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in a report issued this week. (See page 53 of the Report, available here.) CBO found that Medicare spending was lower than predicted... Read more

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

Friday, August 17, 2012, 11:50 AM
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's opponents just won't stop

Friday, August 10, 2012, 4:59 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

The best health insurance in America is government health insurance

Friday, August 3, 2012, 11:47 AM
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

Republicans Vote to Repeal Obamacare – Again and Again

Friday, July 13, 2012, 10:37 AM
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

Both sides can cheer the Supreme Court

Friday, June 29, 2012, 10:52 AM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. OK. I was wrong. I predicted the Supreme Court would strike down the mandate in the health reform law. But at least I was in good company. Few people expected the mandate to get a clean pass. However, on another key aspect of the ruling, many observers (this... Read more
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Check Up is a blog for savvy health consumers, covering the latest developments, discoveries, and debates from the Philadelphia area and beyond.

Portions of this blog may also be found in the Inquirer's Sunday Health Section.

Charlotte Sutton Health and Science Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
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Marie McCullough Inquirer Staff Writer, cancer and women's health
Don Sapatkin Inquirer Staff Writer, public health
David Becker, M.D. Board certified cardiologist, Chestnut Hill Temple Cardiology
Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. President, Pharmaceutical Business Research Associates
Hooman Noorchashm, M.D., Ph.D. Cardiothoracic surgeon in the Philadelphia area
Amy J. Reed, M.D., Ph.D. Anesthesiologist and Surgical Intensivist in the Philadelphia Area
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