Fran Bradley: Details in health reform legislation are disturbing
The prescription for health care reform as formed by President Obama and Congress has indeed many serious side effects that could destroy the many good aspects of our American health care system. Disguised in misleading platitudes like, "America's Affordable Health Care Choices Act," HR3200 is a maze of more than 1,000 pages with downright scary details…HR3200 supporters extol the virtues of high quality health care providers such as the Mayo Clinic who provide efficient care for Medicare patients… Mayo Clinic and others point out that they actually lose money on Medicare patients.
Post-Bulletin by Fran Bradley, 08/27/09
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Backgrounder: The Public Health Insurance Option: Unfair Competition on a Tilting Field
The Heritage Foundation
Aug. 26, 2009
Advocates of a “public option” government insurance plan assure us that it would compete with private insurers on a level playing field. In reality, the “competition” would be rigged, the government plan would likely capture a large percentage of the insurance market, and the result would be a giant step toward a single-payer, nationalized health care system much like those in Europe and Canada.
Cooperatives' Record Weighed in Health-Care Debate
The Washington Post
Aug. 27, 2009
Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), a pivotal lawmaker in the healthcare debate, wants to deliver coverage to the uninsured by starting up new cooperatives modeled on rural electric cooperatives that were founded during the Great Depression. But rural electric cooperatives have a mixed track record, experts say.
Kennedy Death Adds Volatile Element to Health Fight
The New York Times
Aug. 27, 2009
The death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy has quickly become a rallying point for Democratic advocates of a broad health care overhaul.
100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare
Aug. 24, 2009
Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare in 2009.