November 18, 2013 |
Attacks on the Affordable Care Act have stepped up over the last week or so. You'd think that the healthcare reform known as Obamacare is leading to the wholesale loss of affordable insurance by huge sectors of the American public, many of whom will be impoverished by being forced into low-quality health plans at exorbitant prices. You'd think the entire reform is on " life support ," as the usually judicious National Journal put it today, speculating that Democrats may soon start calling for its repeal.
December 5, 2012
Re "Dislodging Obamacare," Opinion, Nov. 30 Michael F. Cannon presents an argument brimming with numbers outlining the costs to states and individuals of various aspects of Obamacare. Absent from his essay are the costs of not implementing it. He demonstrates how states can exempt 18 million residents from the obligation to buy insurance by skirting the law; what are the costs to states and other taxpayers of those 18 million going uninsured? What about the estimated $1,000 a year it costs those of us who buy insurance to pay for the healthcare of those who don't?
March 26, 2014
Re “Health law's winners in plain sight,” Column, March 23 I was a loyal Republican for 30 years, yet once I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, every health insurance company told me “no coverage.” This was my wake-up call - knowing my party had abandoned me when I needed it most. I am now an independent, and so proud that someone empowered the people to stand up to the big corporate healthcare companies. How can we consider ourselves proud Americans when we abandon our own people because of a chronic disease?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2013 |
Various factions in the medical world have poured money into lobbying in a battle over how President Obama's healthcare law is implemented in California. One of the biggest questions, George Skelton says in his Thursday column, is whether there will be enough doctors to handle all of the newly insured residents. State Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) is pushing legislation that would allow nurse practitioners to operate independently of doctors and respond to the growing need for medical attention. In an understatement, Hernandez said that "this is all very contentious.
May 25, 2012
Re "More suits are filed over birth control," May 22 So the Roman Catholic hierarchy continues to fight for the right to deny contraceptive coverage to the employees of organizations affiliated with the church, even if their primary purpose is not ministry - which has been the long-standing exception to a church's right not to follow a law applicable to all other employers: if it would conflict with the fundamental doctrines of its ministry....
April 11, 2014 |
It's doubtful that anyone ever expected the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of Health and Human Services--whether it came last fall during the website disaster or on Thursday, when it actually was announced--to bring clarity to the national debate over the Affordable Care Act. And it hasn't. Most of the reporting of her announcement has highlighted the rocky launch of the government's enrollment portal, HealthCare.gov. The law's surprising success in overcoming its stumble at the starting gate, as represented by this week's announcement that 7.5 million Americans have signed up for insurance for 2014 via the state and federal exchanges, gets second billing at best.