March 26, 2011 |
Tuesday marked the passage of one year since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare reform law that still has Americans arguing: Will reform cure America's medical care woes, or make the system's maladies worse? The anniversary offered health policy experts an excuse to reflect, yet again, on the past, present and future of healthcare in the U.S. Among studies released in the last week: A report from the Rand Corp. , published in March's American Journal of Managed Care, that showed that families with high-deductible health insurance plans spend less on healthcare -- but are also more likely to forego getting preventive care such as cancer screenings and even immunizations. That could drive costs back up in the future, said Amelia H. Haviland, a Rand statistician and co-author of the paper, in a statement.
July 7, 2012 |
Each week, The Times' editorial and opinion pages receive a few thousand emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, most of which are spam, messages sent as part of letter-writing campaigns and more. After deleting those messages, I'm usually left with 500 to 1,000 usable letters to the editor to consider for six weekly pages. Between 60 and 70 letters end up running in the paper during any given week. Here is a snapshot of this week's mailbag: 529 usable letters were sent to email@example.com between 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, and 10 a.m. this past Friday.
April 8, 2010
Tax hikes related to healthcare The new healthcare law imposes several tax increases, but most do not take effect immediately, and most apply only to upper-income Americans. Revenue estimates are over 10 years, 2010 through 2019. Medicare taxes, effective 2013 ($210.2 billion) Payroll tax increases from 1.45% to 2.35% on wage income over $200,000 for individuals; over $250,000 for couples. For taxpayers in that bracket, a new surtax of 3.8% on investment income.
June 1, 2012
Re "Patients save by paying cash," May 27 Let me see if I have this right: People in California pay hundreds of dollars a month in health insurance premiums for the "privilege" of paying up to 10 times the cash cost of a medical procedure or test? With such obviously brilliant talent available, I think I will ask a health insurance company negotiator to come along with me when I buy my next car. David Bowles Rancho Santa Fe ALSO: Letters: Buying a town with a barbecue Letters: Wind farms and birds don't mix Letters: Where deportees can go for help
February 25, 2014
Re "A costly pain in the neck," Out Here, Feb. 21 Critiques of American healthcare often focus on the high prices of itemized charges in a hospital bill. We all know that the cost of a hamburger in a restaurant far exceeds the cost of what one would pay for the meat and bun and other ingredients in a supermarket, but even an astute observer like Jon Healey - who was in a car accident and must wear a pricey neck brace that doctors selected for him - may overlook this when paying out of his own pocket.
August 24, 2012
Re "Ryan plan may hurt disabled the most," Column, Aug. 21 Without Medicare, those of us who have pre-existing conditions will have difficulty getting health insurance. After we lost coverage because of a layoff, Blue Shield, which was at the time one of the three companies in California's program for high-risk patients, would not insure my husband because he has acid reflux and takes medication for it. I was turned down because I was a six-year cancer survivor. Apparently, Blue Shield forgot it was part of the high-risk program.