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The Affordable Care Act keeps insurance companies as middleman between patients and doctors

Ursula Rozum syracuse.com February 16, 2014 I honestly can’t remember my last doctor visit. Like many in our country, I find the prospect of interacting with the United States medical industry anxiety inducing and depressing. This month I finally signed up for a health care plan on the New York State exchange. Choosing an insurance plan on the exchange required trying to predict what kind of scary health emergency I might have and how to make sure that if misfortune strikes, I’d take the mildest financial hit. Since none of the plans seemed very good, I decided to sign up…


Obamacare and Other Republican Ideas

Bipartisanship today means Democrats enacting GOP agenda by Scott McLarty Common Dreams November 19, 2013 The ACA debate was rigged from the beginning by insurance and other corporate lobbies whose profits and high overhead, burdening the US with the highest medical costs of any nation on earth, would be maintained. (Image: Common Dreams) A column by Hugh Hewitt in the Washington Examiner earlier this month reveals a likely Republican talking point as the next presidential election approaches: “Hillary is Obamacare’s grandmother. Put another way: Obamacare is Hillary’s grandchild.” Mr. Hewitt’s goal, of course, is to pin the disastrous rollout of…


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The ACA is the Wrong Direction, Time for Medicare for All

October 21, 2013 Green Shadow Cabinet Also published by Physicians for a National Health Program Margaret Flowers, Secretary of Health in the Green Shadow Cabinet In what is perhaps the greatest corporate scam ever, not only did the health insurance corporations write the federal health law, called the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to enhance their profits, but now they also have the government and non-profit groups doing the work of marketing their shoddy products. The foundation of the ACA, the mandate that uninsured individuals purchase private insurance if they do not qualify for public insurance, begins in 2014 and the…


The “I”- Word, the Media and Health Care Reform

OpEd News by Cecile Lawrence Last Thursday (May 23, 2013), the politically-focused media outlet The Hill reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had made the statement that undocumented immigrants who become U.S. citizens under immigration reform will not have access to “Obamacare” or Medicaid [1]. What is perhaps most striking about the statement, however, is that, as the report points out, Pelosi did not actually use the term “undocumented” in referring to the immigrants; she apparently chose to refer to them over and over as “illegals.” Most “liberals,” or progressives, will undoubtedly find Pelosi’s choice of words troublesome, since it…