Category: Health Care

Checking Up On Health: November 11, 2014

Health Care News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd You’re stupid. Don’t sweat all this complicated gubmint stuff.  This week’s big health care story is the revelation of a 2013 video clip by Jonathan Gruber, an architect of the Affordable Care Act. It has stirred up a hornets’ nest. Gruber, addressing an academic conference, said that the passage of ObamaCare hinged on two things: the stupidity of American voters and ObamaCare proponents’ obfuscation. First, as a lesson to you all, let me recall the poet Omar Khayyam: “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit, Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a… View Article

Time for Truth In Medicare Accounting

By Kelly McCutchen and Patrick Gleason The mid-term elections are in the rearview mirror, but Congress still has a lot of important work to take care of before lawmakers go home at year’s end and the newly elected are sworn in next January. At the top of the “Lame duck” to-do list: Congress must address urgent problems with Medicare – the most costly federal program and largest driver of national debt – or there will be harsh ramifications for seniors and caregivers in Georgia. The first step is to address accounting gimmicks that hide the true cost of Medicare and how much it will grow the debt in coming years and decades. The program currently operates under a phony spending… View Article

Checking Up On Health: November 4, 2014

Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd It’s Election Day in Georgia, so I’ll try to keep today’s post brief and election-related … or at least not stray too far! ObamaCare In an Election-Day update e-mailed by Americans for Prosperity Georgia, Michael Harden, AFP’s Georgia State Director, wrote, “Under Harry Reid’s control, the current class of senators have done real harm to our economy and threatened American prosperity with their Big Government policies. They raised taxes on every single American, voted time and time again for more spending and debt, and voted for ObamaCare, a law that is wreaking havoc on the budgets and healthcare options of millions of families.” Where’s Waldo? In a column in USA Today… View Article

What Economics Can Teach Us about Ebola

By John C. Goodman There are two fundamentally different ways of thinking about complex social systems: the economic approach and the engineering approach. The thinking about Ebola at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reflects the engineering approach. The behavior of everyone else reflects the economic approach. Social engineers see society as disorganized, unplanned and inefficient. The solution? Let experts take over. Social engineers inevitably believe that a plan can work even though everyone who is expected to carry it out has a self-interest in defeating it. Implicitly they assume that incentives don’t matter. Or if they do matter, they don’t matter very much. Economics is the science of incentives. Almost everything interesting that economists study flows from… View Article
For more information on the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum and to register, click here or copy this link http://bit.ly/1oJq9vN and paste in your browser window. By Benita M. Dodd For the fifth year in a row, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute will bring game-changing, market-oriented, limited-government reforms ideas to the state at the Georgia Legislative Policy Forum in Atlanta on September 19. The daylong Forum, which had an attendance in 2013 of about 250 Georgians – legislators, legislative staff, grassroots activists, policy-makers and interested citizens – has been described as “the opening act of the General Assembly.” For the past four years, the theme was, “Wisdom, Justice and Innovation,” a step beyond… View Article

Checking Up On Health: August 26, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita Dodd Allergies are nothing to sniff at – especially if you’re starting to have trouble breathing! I usually try to show my best side in photographs. But, as my sacrifice to good health, to the right is one of my very swollen face a few hours after I was stung under the eye by a wasp Saturday while gardening. I quickly swallowed a couple of antihistamines and sat down to wait. About 45 minutes later, I was at the Walgreen’s MinuteClinic, my face swelling visibly despite a cold compress over my eye. By the time the nurse practitioner came out to tell me she couldn’t deal with my condition, my breathing… View Article
By Dr. Brian E. Hill and Wayne Oliver During the next few weeks, many of Americans will receive some very bad news at work or in the mail: Health insurance premiums are expected to skyrocket for 2015 because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The PwC Health Research Institute projects double-digit rate increases for health insurance plans in Florida, North Carolina and Iowa, for example. With health insurance becoming so unaffordable, many will be wondering why the ACA didn’t take steps to reduce health care costs. One linchpin Washington politicians skipped in addressing the health care crisis was addressing medical malpractice reform. ObamaCare did nothing to protect physicians and hospitals from frivolous lawsuits or to deter the costly practice of… View Article

Checking Up On Health: August 19, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled By Benita M. Dodd Several friends have raved about the healing/soothing/therapeutic/calming/antidepressant benefits of essential oils, but I’m still not buying them. (Although, if you want to give me some, I’ll gladly try them!) I would love to hear from readers about their experiences, but truth be told, I’m as skeptical about the multilevel marketers’ claims regarding these costly essential oils as I am about the overrated cures that some chiropractors promise. There, I put it out there. And then there’s Whole Foods Market. I was reading about the Affordable Care Act on Forbes.com when up popped a story titled, “The Three Dumbest Things About Whole Foods Market.” If there’s one thing I’m… View Article

Checking Up On Health: July 15, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Don’t believe the middleman makes a huge difference in health care? Listen carefully the next time you’re at the doctor. I’ve become a believer in direct primary care. It’s a little like a health club membership, where you sign an agreement to use the facility’s services. Unlike the elite concierge doctors of the USA Network show, “Royal Pains,” this affordable model is also called “concierge care for the little guy.” The difference health insurance makes in the price point was reinforced after my recent visit to an imaging center. The assistant offered me the option to file a health insurance claim or pay $130 up front. My plan… View Article

Checking Up On Health: May 20, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Georgia’s engaged hospitals: Kudos to Georgia’s Tanner Medical Center in Villa Rica, which ranks 46th on the list of 100 top hospitals for patient engagement in the inaugural National Patient Engagement Ranking by Becker’s Hospital Review and Axial Exchange. Tanner scored 78 out of 100. Emory University Hospital (Atlanta) scored 74.3and came in 89th. The national ranking evaluated all 3,077 U.S. hospitals’ engagement efforts based on an analysis of publicly available data, including readmissions, patient satisfaction and the extent to which organizations offered information and tools that help engage patients in self care. Telemedicine: ABC News on Monday night had a report on “a brand-new high-tech medical service called… View Article

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