I already know I sound like a broken record. Yet, I can’t fathom why I seem to be the only person talking about this. There have been numerous articles in both syndicated journals and the blogosphere about the many things wrong with the American health care system, including the overspecialization which we know leads to higher costs (but not necessarily better outcomes). Just as I feared, the New York Times ...

Read more...

As our elected officials consider to weigh the future of our nation’s health care, I thought I would take the opportunity to share a few vignettes of patients that I’ve encountered this year who exemplify the way that access to health care can make the difference between life and death.  The undocumented immigrant with seizures. We recently met a young undocumented Californian in his twenties in the emergency department, who came after ...

Read more...

As Republicans in the Senate are working diligently on the destruction of Obamacare, progressives in California are doggedly pursuing a distinctly opposite approach. The California single-payer bill (SB562), aims to expand health insurance coverage to all state residents regardless of income or immigration status. Just as Republicans at the federal level have tried to jam through their health care package without debate or adequate analysis of the downstream financial impact ...

Read more...

Our national useless dialogue on the future of health care in the U.S. continues. Trumpcare has a long way to go before it potentially becomes law, so no one knows what it will finally look like. Obamacare is in a death spiral anyway. So the existing financing system will change no matter what. But once again the two-party scream-at-each-other system is only talking about changes in health care financing. On one side, ...

Read more...

Despite campaign promises from then candidate Donald Trump as well as from incumbent and new members of Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare, now almost six months into the Trump presidency, Obamacare is still the law of the land. Progress, albeit slow, was apparent this week as the Senate debated their version of a replacement, following the House doing the same two months ago. Are either if these bills a true ...

Read more...

California’s state senate’s unipartisan passing of a sweeping single-payer health care bill, the Healthy California Act, has drawn attention to single payer as a solution to the decaying Affordable Care Act. The ACA decreased competition and plan availability in health insurance and leaves patients holding the bag of unaffordable premiums, deductibles, and copays. It’s no surprise that a majority of state residents 
Read more...

Darlin Kpangbah receives free health insurance through Medicaid and is grateful for the coverage in case of accidents, such as when she tore a ligament in her leg a few years ago. “I feel like I’m injury-prone,” said Kpangbah, 20, who lives in Sacramento, Calif. Without insurance, she said, the injury “would’ve been huge to pay for.” Young adults like Kpangbah were among the biggest beneficiaries of Obamacare, which helped reduce ...

Read more...

“You’re a doctor. You’re a doctor. Goddammit, you’re a doctor, man! You’re a doctor, so say so, and that’s the message, and we’ll follow you,” Jon Lovett shouted to an audience member on Pod Save America. The listener was an internal medicine resident who, in early May, asked how young physicians could better advocate for their patients. I heard this before the House of Representatives voted on the American Health ...

Read more...

As a physician, I often forget how much I know.  But there are things that remind me just how different our own experience as doctors is from those who don’t spend their days and nights taking care of the ill. I do a lot of work for television, helping writers and directors to create medically plausible stories and scenes.  I used to get worried that I might get the dose of ...

Read more...

The Senate version of the Republican health care bill lays bare the priorities of America’s current political leadership. It is not pretty. The new bill demonstrates the Republicans’ entirely unbalanced view of government and fiscal policy, where monetary value trumps all other values, and where only the wealthy are worthy of a helping hand. These are the new values of the Republican leadership as evidenced by the new bill. We once ...

Read more...

Most Popular