The New York Times: U.S. Set To Sponsor Health Insurance The Obama administration will soon take on a new role as the sponsor of at least two nationwide health insurance plans to be operated under contract with the federal government and offered to consumers in every state. These multistate plans were included in President Obama’s health care law as a substitute for a pure government-run health insurance program — the public option sought by many liberal Democrats and reviled by Republicans. Supporters of the national plans say they will increase competition in state health insurance markets, many of which are dominated by a handful of companies (Pear, 10/27).
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Daily Kos: NY Times: U.S. to Offer National Health Plan, “the robust public option that liberals wanted”
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AHIP Launches New Health Care Spending iPad App
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Propaganda on the Rise on the Health Care Policy Front
Which leads me to a second and not entirely unrelated piece. In Israel, or more precisely, in Gaza, which is not Israel, yet, but ruled by the IDF, army administration, a newly accredited university has been granted status by a newly developed accrediting body. The follow link show how the same ideological take over works in Israel by the neo-cons/liberals who are disgusted at the leftest domination of Israeli state funded universities. They wanted their own, where they live in Gaza, in the newer settlements, but because Gaza is not Israel, and not ruled by the Knesset, the Knesset refused to fund or recognize that certain right wing conservative university. The story shows the lengths an ideological battle goes to in transforming the institutions of society in order to achieve legitimacy.
thoughts from an empty head: U.S. Set To Sponsor National Health Insurance Plans Under Obamacare
State health commissions, private insurers, and consumer protection advocates alike want to see the nationwide plans compete on a level playing field so that benefits standards and competitive pressures are both fair and consistent throughout state exchanges. If implemented properly, however, the new multistate health plans could drive down health costs while offering consumers coverage approved directly by the federal government.
Bruce Bartlett: The Health Mandate Romney Still Supports
During the 2008 campaign, one of John McCain’s health advisers asserted that because of Emtala, there were, in fact, no uninsured in America. As the economist John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis told The Dallas Morning News in an article published on Aug. 27, 2008: “The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care. So there you have it. Voila! Problem solved.” (This article is no longer available on the Dallas Morning News Web site, but the reaction it drew can be found in blog posts from that week.)
Take time to review health insurance options to save money this open enrollment season
1. Set aside enough time to review your health insurance options. It’s important to review each of the health insurance plans that your employer offers. Remember that there’s more to each plan than co-pays and premiums. For example, some plans offer vision exam coverage and different prescription drug coverage, while others may offer wellness programs that can lead to discounts on your premiums. Also keep in mind that health reform has changed insurance coverage in recent years. As part of the new law, children under age 26 can be enrolled as dependents on their parent’s plan, and many preventive care services, such as children’s immunizations or mammograms, are typically covered by health plans at no cost to you.
Idaho health insurance panel favors state
Kevin Settles, owner of Bardenay restaurants, countered, “We need to get past arguing the legality of the law. The Supreme Court settled the issue. We can make something good out of this. … With the state-based nonprofit exchange, we can make it reflect Idaho.” He noted that Idaho’s current health insurance premiums are among the lowest in the nation, saying an Idaho exchange can be “lean and mean.”
Brad DeLong: Harry S Truman: Message to Congress on National Health Insurance: November 19, 1945
There is also special need for research on mental diseases and abnormalities. We have done pitifully little about mental illnesses. Accurate statistics are lacking, but there is no doubt that there are at least two million persons in the United States who are mentally ill, and that as many as ten million will probably need hospitalization for mental illness for some period in the course of their lifetime. A great many of these persons would be helped by proper care. Mental cases occupy more than one-half of the hospital beds, at a cost of about 500 million dollars per year–practically all of it coming out of taxpayers’ money. Each year there are 125,000 new mental cases admitted to institutions. We need more mental-disease hospitals, more out-patient clinics. We need more services for early diagnosis, and especially we need much more research to learn how to prevent mental breakdown. Also, we must have many more trained and qualified doctors in this field.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Attends White House Latino Health Policy briefing
At the Task Force, we have always held ourselves out as a progressive organization — an LGBT voice in the progressive movement and a progressive voice in the LGBT movement. We focus our work at the intersections of race, socioeconomic status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ability and a whole host of other intersecting identities. The White House Latino Health Policy briefing is just another example of that voice — we were the only LGBT group in the room and the conversation wasn’t focused on LGBT specific issues. But we went to the briefing because we understand the importance of intersecting identities and of working with other marginalized communities to build our collective political power.
Surviving Healthcare in the USA
Cary Presant M.D. is an internist, hematologist and oncologist in Los Angeles, a national expert in health care and the author of more than 400 scientific medical articles. Presant has taught and conducted research at the University of Southern California, Washington University School of Medicine, Columbia University, National Cancer Institute and City of Hope National Medical Center. For more information about Presant, visit http://survivingamericanmedicine.com orhttp://www.carypresant.com.