Posts Tagged ‘health care reform’

News Flash: Nelson Amendment a Major Coup for Choice Advocates

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Dear Oobonomics Nation:
 
Whether you are pro-choice and disagree with the above headline, or pro-life and disagree with Roe v. Wade, please hold off on the hate-mail, okay?  Direct that towards people with bombs in their underwear instead.   (While you can’t send me hate-mail, you can still send me disagree-mail or even dislike-mail. )  What you are [...]

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Newsweek picks up “dual pool” abortion compromise idea

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

This “dual pool” concept provides free abortion coverage if desired without paying for it out of federal funds. If adopted, this propose would remove the House-Senate schism over federal funding. (This assumes that Stupak is watered down in conference.)

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Guest Post–WW2 Vet on Right To Die

Sunday, November 29th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Dear OOBonomics Nation,
In response to my 9/28 San Francisco Chronicle Op-Ed on the right to die, I just got this email today  from Australia (I guess the internet is a bit slow over such long distances).     If anyone wants comments forwarded, I will do so but I can’ t assume he wants his contact info posted.  The [...]

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Revised Shupak Abortion Rider Proposal Following All Your Comments

Monday, November 16th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Here is the compromise following everyone’s input.  To pro-lifers, I say, Roe v. Wade is the law of the land.  You can change it via the Supreme Court, not through a rider to a bill in Congress.  And if it’s a matter of principle not to pay for abortions with “your” insurance premiums, you shouldn’t [...]

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Stupak “Rider” Should Be Actuarially Sound

Friday, November 13th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

ABORTION COVERAGE IS ABOUT MATH AS WELL AS POLITICS
 
Let us start by acknowledging that those who think abortion is a sin must be respected, and not forced into a risk pool that covers abortion.  Let us also acknowledge that those who are pro-choice need to accept the beliefs of those who are pro-life, and recognize that abortion [...]

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Make Abortion in Health Care Reform the Second “Great Compromise”

Sunday, November 8th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Those of you who know your American history might recall the “Great Compromise” that allowed the rural states and the urban states to overcome a major impasse about whether representation should be proportional to population or whether all states should get equal weight.  The result was a bicameral legislature.  (But you knew that.)
Health care reform almost reached [...]

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You Heard It Here First: Insuring People Increases Healthcare Spending

Friday, October 23rd, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

The Office of the Actuary, which makes the official Medicare cost projections,  just announced exactly what was in this blog last week – that there is no chance of overall health care costs falling as a percentage of GDP, and that the more people who are insured, the greater the level of healthcare spending. 
I myself [...]

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Painless Way to Save Money in Health Care #1

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

There are a number of ways to save money in health care without anyone (”anyone” being defined as “anyone who is not a special interest”) feeling a reduction in service or quality. 
 
The first is quite simple.  Believe it or not, when a state Medicaid director puts an expensive new program in place that will ”reduce costs while increasing [...]

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Why healthcare can never fall as a % of GDP, Part Two

Friday, October 9th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Last time I ended my entry by observing that as increasingly effective, painless, and expensive procedures,diagnostics and therapies are introduced, they will be over-consumed.  Why?  There is no economic check-and-balance against this because these resources are virtually free at the point of sale, which brings me to the third observation (counting the the last posting as [...]

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why health care costs can never fall as a % of GDP, Part One

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 by Al Lewis (alewis)

This is the first in a series of blogs over the next week to explain why we need to get used to health care expenses continuing to rise, unless we are willing to discuss the R word (rationing). 
If all doctors and hospitals did was the same procedures we did 30 years ago, spending would be [...]

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