Mexico chalks up success in health-care reforms : Nature News & Comment

August 22, 2012

A revamp of Mexico’s beleaguered health-care system is proving to be a runaway success and offers a model for other nations seeking to reform their own systems, according to a review published this week in The Lancet1. The key to the scheme’s success is the way in which it has modified its reforms in response to scientific assessments of their effectiveness, the authors say.

via Mexico chalks up success in health-care reforms : Nature News & Comment.


Gingrich: Obama campaign a ‘dishonest team’ [VIDEO] | The Daily Caller

August 20, 2012

“This [the Obama campaign] is the most methodically, systematic dishonest team we’ve ever seen in American politics at the presidential level. I did a recent electronic book called, ‘No Taxation by Misrepresentation’; I just took the single case of Obamacare taxes and walk you through how methodically they have lied and it’s really breathtaking. It’s a level of brazen deliberate dishonesty we’ve not seen,” Gingrich said.

via Gingrich: Obama campaign a ‘dishonest team’ [VIDEO] | The Daily Caller.


Book: Obamacare law designed to unionize 21 million health care workers | The Daily Caller

August 20, 2012

In a book set for publication Tuesday, a politics and government professor at The Citadel claims President Obama’s 2009 health care reform law was, in part, a union-driven effort to organize 21 million health care workers.

In ”Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind,” Mallory Factor describes a December 9, 2008 memo from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare president Dennis Rivera to the Obama-Biden transition team.

That memo outlined a legislative proposal calling for “increasing the capacity of the health care workforce” as part of a larger health care reform initiative.

via Book: Obamacare law designed to unionize 21 million health care workers | The Daily Caller.


How Obamacare’s $716 Billion in Cuts Will Drive Doctors Out of Medicare – Forbes

August 20, 2012

There are 600,000 physicians in America who care for the 48 million seniors on Medicare. Of the $716 billion that the Affordable Care Act cuts from the program over the next ten years, the largest chunk—$415 billion—comes from slashing Medicare’s reimbursement rates to doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes. This significant reduction in fees is driving many doctors to stop accepting new Medicare patients, making it harder for seniors to gain access to needed care.

via How Obamacare’s $716 Billion in Cuts Will Drive Doctors Out of Medicare – Forbes.


David Shaywitz – Health. Care. – Forbes

August 20, 2012

Enterprises seeking to catalyze digital health are doing a great job drawing in young entrepreneurs, energized medical and graduate students, and junior med school faculty members – a tremendous achievement.However, I suspect durable success in digital health will also depend upon the ability to access the insights of the experienced physicians who are less focused on disrupting medicine, and are consumed instead with the profound, worthy responsibility of delivering it.

via David Shaywitz – Health. Care. – Forbes.


Rising Health, Pension Woes Hurt Cities – WSJ.com

August 12, 2012

Fiscal woes that have caused high-profile bankruptcies in California are surfacing across the country as municipalities struggle with uneven growth and escalating health and pension costs following the worst recession since the 1930s.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government said local government said that in 2010, local governments had total unfunded pension obligations total $3 trillion and unfunded health benefit liabilities of $1 trillion.

via Rising Health, Pension Woes Hurt Cities – WSJ.com.


Medicaid, America’s Worst Health-Care Program – Avik Roy – National Review Online

August 10, 2012

Progressives recognize the real problem: If Medicaid is fundamentally flawed, it follows that Obamacare is, too. Obamacare aims to add 17 million more Americans to Medicaid’s ledgers. For this reason, some are more eager to paper over Medicaid’s flaws than to address them.

via Medicaid, America’s Worst Health-Care Program – Avik Roy – National Review Online.