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Paul Krugman is wrong about Medicaid

Paul Krugman suggests in his New York Times column today that continuing the expansion of Medicaid is the answer to the outlandish cost of health care in the United States. He's wrong. Medicaid is a lifeline for the impoverished, but the program would have to be reformed to the point that it would no longer be recognizable as Medicaid to be satisfactory for most Americans.

The reason Krugman likes Medicaid is the program's success at controlling costs. He says that of all the health care delivery systems in the country, Medicaid is the one most like those in Europe, which have much lower costs than ours. If that's true, it's only because most of the rest of our fragmented system is completely fucked up.

Among the primary aims of European systems is health care equity — providing everybody with the same access to high-quality health care regardless of income or station. Medicaid does not come close to doing that. Krugman says that care from Medicaid providers is good and that lack of access is greatly exaggerated. In my experience the former is sometimes true and the latter, never. Read below the fold...

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Low Information Governor?


"There is nobody who doesn't have health care in America!"
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R)

I do, however, find myself in perfect agreement with Gov. Bryant about Obamacare -- viz., there's got to be a better way! Read below the fold...

Shared sacrifice: Izvestia gets it on health care, three years after the ObamaCare debacle

I actually treated myself to a Sunday Times last weekend -- an expensive fire lighter, but leave that aside -- and noticed this article in the Business Section by Eduardo Porter:

Health Care and Profits, a Poor Mix
A shareholder might even applaud the creativity with which profit-seeking institutions go about seeking profit. But the consequences of this pursuit might not be so great for other stakeholders in the system — patients, for instance. One study found that patients’ mortality rates spiked when nonprofit hospitals switched to become profit-making, and their staff levels declined.

Well, that's pretty clear, isn't it? Health care for profit kills people ("Murder by spreadsheet"); hence the people who support health care for profit regard those deaths as acceptable "externalities" for their policy of choice (including, I might add, the ObamaSphere). Hipparchia dug up and posted on the closest thing we'll find to a real-world controlled study proving the same lethal thesis, during Katrina, back in 2009. There's plenty of fine material in Porter's post, but here's the bottom line: Read below the fold...

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Important Changes in Medicare

From the New York Times, good news for people with chronic health issues that are unlikely to improve:

Should the federal government cover the costs of many kinds of treatments for patients who aren’t going to get any better?

It didn’t, for many years. But after the settlement of a landmark class-action lawsuit this week, Medicare will soon begin paying more often for physical, occupational and other therapies for large numbers of people with certain disabilities and chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

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Missing the Point of Ohio's Referendum

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Ohio Voters Reject Senate Bill 5, Obamacare; Mississippi Defeats Anti-Abortion Amendment

Ohio voters last night voted overwhelmingly against both Republican and Democrat corporate-favoring policies in a referendum. Senate Bill 5, passed by the Republican-dominated legislature and signed into law by Republican governor John Kasich, was shot down by sixty-one percent, too large a margin for the GOP to rig the vote count in its favor. Read below the fold...

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Insurance Premiums Could Soar, Thanks to Health Care Deform

According to a new study for the Ohio Department of Insurance:

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) could cut the number of uninsured Ohio residents by 790,000 in 2017, but it also could increase premiums for the 735,000 residents who have individual coverage by more than 55%.

(emphasis added)

Actually, the 55% increase is the low end of the predicted increase.

"...the price of individual health insurance coverage might rise about 55% to 85%, excluding the impact of medical inflation...."

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American Medical Errors Killing 100,000 Annually

From the LA Times:
Going into hospital far riskier than flying

Chance of dying from a medical error in any hospital, anywhere in the world: 1 in 300.

Chance of dying in an airplane crash: 1 in 10 million.

You'll be shocked (shocked!) to learn that the situation is much worse (i.e., greater chance of dying) in the U.S. than Europe. Read below the fold...

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What Supplements Do You Take, And Why?

Meh, for me today it was 12 hrs with one client and four more with another on the west coast later before I can sleep, so this is going to be short. I'd like to fill the rest in as I respond in the comments, reading what you all have to say. But the question is: what supplements do you take? Vitamins? Oils, cremes, salves, teas, and any other delivery device that doesn't come from Big Pharma or Big Ag, that helps you feel better? Why do you take them? How did you learn about them? Why do you know they work? What scientific-standard of proof can you offer they do, if only in your case? Read below the fold...

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Raw/Living Food: The Convert Speaks

Well, I have to Come Out. I'm a convert. It's my new religion and like any convert and evangelical, I can't stop talking about it. But dammit. This is working. So let me share. If you are bored with me, just absorb this simple part: stop cooking your food. Just, stop. Obviously you should be buying organic, local, and not-GMO. But damn, people. I laughed at Madonna when I read she went on this program, and now I feel ashamed for mocking her for what works. I always though hollywood drugs kept her in shape. Now I know. Read below the fold...

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Sanders and McDermott introduce Single-Payer bills to Congress

(ETA: with a twist!)

via HealthCare-NOW!

From Senator Sanders's statement:

The American Health Security Act of 2011 would provide federal guidelines and strong minimum standards for states to establish and administer single-payer health care programs.

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For the Clinton (Bill) permathread

Anglachel has some fodder: Of Hicks and Hacks

She's also got some links from her archive which speak to the same. A taste, re: the failure of health care reform in 1994:

The fantasy of bi-partisanship remains strong among precisely those Stevensonians who thought (and think) that teaching lessons to hicks is more important than having functional power.

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CA HCR pre-existing conditions program has 450 applicants

with space for 20,000.

I can't imagine why people wouldn't be enthusiastic. After all, the programs are run by very well-known brands from the insurance companies! Read below the fold...

Mad as Hell Doctors on the road again

Via a California weekly, The Argonaut:

A group of activists known as the Mad As Hell Doctors (MAHD) is on the road again throughout California, taking part in 26 rallies and town halls from Arcata to the state Capitol in Sacramento on Oct. 12.

On Sunday, Oct. 3, the group will appear from 1 to 3 p.m. in an interactive event that is free and open to the public at Mishkon Tephilo, 206 Main St., Venice.

The event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Health Care for All-California and Physicians for a National Health Program.

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