Tag: Medicare

Checking Up On Health: April 1, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD “Health Reform 2.0: The Great Debate”: Are you a member of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation? If so, it gets you a discount rate to attend the first face-to-face debate between two of the nation’s most influential health care experts as they battle with ideas regarding the future of health reform in the United States: John Goodman, a key thought leader for free market solutions and Dr. Kenneth Thorpe, who worked in the Clinton administration on “HillaryCare,” has been an advisor to Congress, and has been a key resource to most every Democratic presidential nominee during the last 20 years. The conference is hosted by the Institute… View Article

Friday Facts: March 28, 2014

It’s Friday!  Events  April 24: Matt Candler, founder and CEO of 404 Schools, keynotes, “School Choice: Big Gains in The Big Easy,” the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. This event is open to the public and is $25 to attend. Register at http://bit.ly/1lmETV5. Quotes of Note  “The fact that only a small percentage of medical errors are dealt with in the malpractice system suggests that it’s not a system. It deals in an incredibly inefficient way with a small percentage of the actual errors and in such a way that it does not make the performance of the overall system better. It’s not addressing why the error was made in… View Article

Checking Up On Health: March 25, 2014

Health Care Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Yesterday, an e-mail from the White House turned up in my mailbox. From President Obama, no less. The salutation was, “Hey – ” (As an aside, I’m a bit of a fuddy-duddy when it comes to how I’m addressed. “Hey” isn’t a favorite. I blame my mother – or, as she used to say, “Hay is for horses.” I left my first doctor when I immigrated to the United States back in the horse-and-carriage days because he called me “Honey.” I figure I paid him enough to remember my name. … ) It was an urgent reminder about the “Affordable” Care Act, AKA ObamaCare. The President pointed… View Article

Checking Up On Health: March 18, 2014

Health Care Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD ObamaCare Why no Medicaid expansion for Georgia? Just the expansion of Medicaid would cost Georgia an additional $2.5 billion over 10 years, Gov. Nathan Deal pointed out in an interview with Georgia Health News that was released Tuesday. “We simply cannot afford the $2.5 billion in new spending that the expansion would require without a severe impact on public education. The federal administration needs to start acknowledging the Supreme Court ruling and look at other alternatives that don’t force new spending by the state. I have often discussed the advantages of a block grant. States need more flexibility in order to make their program work for… View Article

Concierge Care for the Little Guy

By Jordan Bruneau Imagine filing a home insurance claim every time the neighbor’s kid cut your lawn. That’s how physician Lee Gross sees the U.S. health care system: We use insurance for basic maintenance. Filing claims for a stubbed toe or cold has driven up the cost of health insurance in much the same way that filing claims for a fresh coat of paint or carpet cleaning would drive up the cost of home insurance. “We are taking affordable primary care,” Gross says, “and bundling it together with a health insurance program that has to cover hospitalizations, chemotherapy, expensive surgeries and end-of-life care.” The key to bringing down health insurance costs, he claims, is to divorce basic maintenance from insurance-based… View Article

Friday Facts: March 7, 2014

It’s Friday! What they’re saying about the Foundation: Watch Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute credit the Foundation for helping educate Georgians about a Balanced Budget Amendment.  Quotes of Note  “I see, … and with the deepest affliction, the rapid strides with which the federal branch of our government is advancing towards the usurpation of all the rights reserved to the States, and the consolidation in itself of all powers, foreign and domestic; and that, too, by constructions which, if legitimate, leave no limits to their power. … It is but too evident that the three ruling branches of [the Federal government] are in combination to strip their colleagues, the State authorities, of the powers reserved by them, and to… View Article

Checking Up On Health: February 25, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Opting for organic? How scientific are you about your food intake? Do you insist on buying organic coffee and bread from Whole Foods? You simply must read Michael Schulson’s article in the Daily Beast on the scientific credibility we allow the store he calls, “America’s greatest shrine to pseudoscience.” “Bringing sound data into political conversations and consumer decisions is a huge, ongoing challenge,” Schulson says. “It’s not limited to one side of the public debate. The moral is not that we should all boycott Whole Foods. It’s that whenever we talk about science and society, it helps to keep two rather humbling premises in mind: very few of… View Article

Friday Facts: February 21, 2014

It’s Friday! Events February 26: Tired of Washington’s out-of-control spending? The Georgia House of Representatives passed three different approaches to a federal balanced budget amendment yesterday. Which one is best? Feel like you need a constitutional scholar to sort out the arguments? You are in luck! The deadline is MONDAY to register for the Foundation’s February 26 Leadership Breakfast, focusing on the “The Case for the Compact for a Balanced Budget.” Keynoted by Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute, the 8 a.m. event at the Galleria Centre in Cobb County is open to the public; registration is $25 per person. Find out more here; register online by Monday, February 24, at http://bit.ly/LewuTz. (Please note: This View Article

Checking Up On Health: February 18, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Georgia has been plagued with more than its fair share of bad weather for a Southeastern winter; hundreds of thousands were left without power for days. The weekend’s earthquake was almost the last straw, as residents vowed they’re moving if they see as much as ONE locust! Icejam 2014 brought metro Atlanta – and my Checking Up on Health roundup – to a standstill on January 28. I hope you and yours pulled through the mess with minimal damage. Read my commentary on the positive aspects of the weather disaster here. A few points of “foundational privilege” before Checking Up On Health: (To paraphrase President Obama View Article

Checking Up On Health: February 4, 2014

Health News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Icejam 2014 brought metro Atlanta – and my Checking Up on Health roundup – to a standstill on January 28. I hope you and yours pulled through the mess with minimal damage. Read my commentary on the positive aspects of the weather disaster here. How long should you wash your hands? Sixty-six percent of adults are washing their hands more thoroughly or frequently in response to the flu sweeping the country, according to the Bradley Corp. Healthy Hand Washing Survey. But … not long enough! The survey reveals that most Americans need a reminder to continue lathering up for a full 20 seconds, because 55 percent wash… View Article

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