Tag Archives: health care

Quote of the Week: Health care edition

“The government spent billions of dollars creating a Medicare network of providers that is only open to one-eighth of the population. That’s like saying, ‘Only people 65 and over can use federal highways.’ It is a waste of a very valuable resource and it is not fair.” – Congressman Alan Grayson on why he is […]

What coulda been on health care reform

McClatchy reported yesterday that Obama tried to shame health insurance execs with a sad letter he received from a woman who is being financially destroyed by her medical bills thanks to rising insurance premiums and deductibles. Here’s part of the letter: Last year (2009) my insurance premium was increased over 25% even though I increased […]

Roundup for Wednesday 3/3/10

Iraq is still f*cked up. Scores of innocent people are dying in our 51st state. Apple pulls a dick move and sues HTC over dubious sounding patents. Health care costs are rising rapidly because doctors and hospitals charge more. We can’t blame the insurance companies for everything. Roger Ebert had a computer voice created from […]

Behind closed doors

Obama has taken a lot of flack for breaking his campaign promise to negotiate the details of the health care bill in public. Famously, Obama made a back-room deal to limit the savings the health care bill would extract from pharmaceutical companies in exchange for their support. Matthew Yglesias thinks secret negotiations are the way […]

Roundup for Thursday 1/21/10

Democrats: Get something done, or get sent home: The fundamental pact between a political party and its supporters is that the two groups believe the same thing and pledge to work on it together. And the Democratic base feels that it has held to its side of the bargain. It elected a Democratic majority and […]

The state of (un)employment

Unemployment didn’t push past 10% in December. Cause for celebration right? Well… not really: Had the labor force not decreased by 661,000 last month, the jobless rate would have been 10.4 percent, according to economists including David Rosenberg at Gluskin Sheff & Associates in Toronto and Harm Bandholz at UniCredit Research in New York. […] About […]

Electronic Health Records Part II

Some notes from the writer, Andy Oram, of this O’Reilly Radar post when he attended the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium: According to the president of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, Micky Tripathi, 80% of US medical practices consist of just one or two physicians, and small practices handle 90% of all outpatient visits. Given the difficulties […]

Public Option seems more likely

This is a bit of good news from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs: [The President is] pleased that the Senate has decided to include a public option for health coverage, in this case with an allowance for states to opt out. As he said to Congress and the nation in September, he supports the […]

Al Franken on health care bankruptcies

Yesterday, I wished that Congress was fun to watch all the time. That probably won’t ever happen, but at least Rep. Alan Grayson and now Sen. Al Franken are keeping it interesting when they get to talk:

Health Care Activists Illustrated

By noted illustrator Steve Brodner: Yesterday was mobilization day for health care activists. In the clammy rain folks gathered and sat in at insurance corporate offices across the country. Here’s a drawing of demonstrators at United Health at Penn Plaza, where I was yesterday, where 14 people were arrested.