Affordable Care Act Potholes

New Orleans        Some twelve million people may have enrolled under the Affordable Care Act, but that doesn’t mean that Obamacare can catch a break.  Everywhere we turn there seems to be more potholes on the road.

Of course there’s the decision due in June by the Supreme Court on whether or not subsidies can be offered […]

Legislators Leveraging Hospitals to Pressure Governors to Expand Medicaid

New Orleans       In Florida, there is a well-publicized breech between the Republican Governor and the Republican-controlled legislature over their budget shortfalls and the need to bridge the gaps by expanding Medicaid.  The governor, Rick Scott, has gone to wild extremes of suing the federal government to try to force a change in the already […]

Hospitals Have to Limit Liens and Lawsuits

 Houston      Two twin sisters in Knoxville, Tennessee both became nurses and when they retired, they organized something called Love’s Kitchen that provided meals and clothes to what they called the “five H’s: the hungry, homeless, helpless, hopeless, and homebound.”  One sister, Ellen Turner, passed away recently at 87.  The whole operation was funded by donations and run […]

Narrow Networks Prove Price, not Choice, Rules Healthcare Decisions

New Orleans          It’s becoming increasingly obvious that deep down without being willing to admit it, Americans are voting with their feet on the issue of health care and the tally is showing that their real preference would probably be the British National Health Service.  Now, there’s no likelihood of that happening of course but narrow […]

Public Subsidies of Low Wages

New Orleans      The Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California has released a report looking at many federal and state subsidies directed at relief for lower income Americans.  All good.  What they found though is that a huge percentage of this kind of support is not in Republican ideological terms, […]

Affordable Care Act Gap Hits Black and Hispanic Adults the Hardest

New Orleans    I’m not going to say that we’re not making progress because enrollment under the Affordable Care Act continues to increase despite opposition.  On the other hand there is no way not to be disappointed and outraged about the millions of uninsured adults that are caught in the gap between politicians and good […]