Tag Archives: Health insurance

Vermont May Pave the Way For Universal Health Care

Vermonters have always been a unique and independent lot. On May 5th the Vermont House passed a health care reform bill 94-49 which was already passed by the Senate establishing the Green Mountain health insurance exchange. Governor Pete Shumlin has … Continue reading

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Unconstitutional! Well, Maybe…

Today, Judge Roger Vinson refused to halt implementation of the PPACA, allowing it to stand pending appeal. The one area of general contention regarding the legislation is the “mandate.” That is, can the government require citizens to engage in commerce? … Continue reading

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The GOP Healthcare Alternate Universe

Last week, I posted a synopsis of the Republican counterproposal to the PPACA, which was formulated during the 111th Congress. In light of the decision issued this week by Judge Roger Vinson, a Reagan appointee, it’s all the more valuable to … Continue reading

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Tales of Big Pharma: Synagis™ (Palivizumab)

You might recall that in my last episode of “Who’s Paying for Health Advances?” I made brief mention of a drug used to treat respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in children with chronic lung disease. RSV is a seasonal disorder that … Continue reading

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Penalties Aren’t Taxes

Today in Virginia, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson struck down the compulsory insurance provision of the PPACA as unconstitutional. In particular, he noted that the “tax” for noncompliance was explicitly a penalty, according to the law as written, and thus … Continue reading

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Liberty or Healthcare For All?

Last time we explored how health care has a mix of components, some perfectly suited to insurance, some perfectly suited to universal coverage, some perfectly suited to fee-for-service, and some that doesn’t fit well in any of those. So it … Continue reading

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Health Insurance Isn’t Really Insurance At All

The health insurance system in the United States is broken. But you already know that. What you may not realize is why it is not only broken, but in many ways is not fixable. At least not without changing some … Continue reading

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