The Affordable Care Act (ACA), often called Obamacare, has come under sharp criticism. Now, with the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) for secretary of health and human services, there are concerns about whether it will be repealed or changed. Price, a physician, has been a long-time critic of the law and has devised proposals of his own to replace it. While Price may have alternative proposals that may be easier ...

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Dear President-elect Trump, You have stated that one of the first things you will do in office is to overturn Obamacare. You state that you will keep coverage for pre-existing conditions and children to age 26 but beyond that is unclear. Speaker Ryan said it would be "patient centered" but what that means remains to be seen. You now have a former surgeon as head of HHS. If I may, I would ...

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According to many conservative pundits, Obamacare is a job killer. Five days before Obama signed the law, in fact, speaker John Boehner declared that the president was pushing “his job-killing government takeover of health care that will hurt small businesses.” Years after the law was passed, critics continued trumpeting this theme, Ted Cruz calling Obamacare “the biggest job-killer in this country,” and even claiming that “millions ...

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Tom is a forty-three-year-old self-employed painter and father of two. He’s currently in remission from lung cancer, having been first diagnosed five years ago. At the time of his diagnosis, he did not have health insurance. Thankfully, for him, American law had finally made it illegal for health insurance companies to discriminate against individuals with preexisting conditions. Tom had to be offered insurance at community rates. And, this was a good thing ...

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Supporters of the health care status quo are outraged, predictably, over what they see as Donald Trump’s search-and-destroy mission on Obamacare. They cite all of the newly insured people under the Affordable Care Act -- then turn to gloom-and-doom scenarios, insisting everyone will lose insurance, especially those who are low-income and on Medicaid. Change is never easy, and it can sometimes be scary when facts aren’t known. So will millions of ...

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We are at a watershed moment for health care, both nationally and in Massachusetts. Massachusetts, the state that first piloted the model, "Romneycare" in 2006, that was disseminated to the nation as "Obamacare" is now going full steam ahead with ACO models under the newly approved 1115 waiver, that received the CMS green light in early November. Having expanded to near universal coverage in 2006, now, at the end of 2016, we are taking on ...

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Quick, name the most watched, financially successful and competitive sports league in the United States? The NFL. Right? Now, name the most tightly regulated, transparent sports league, one that has a multilayered system of wealth redistribution and the one of the strongest unions of any profession in the United States? The NFL. Surprised? This is not a coincidence Major problems with concussions and Roger Goodell’s persona and salary aside, the NFL offers a tremendous lesson ...

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Recently, President-elect Trump selected Rep. Tom Price, MD to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.  Suffice it to say, this signals Mr. Trumps’ resolve and commitment to definitively repealing and replacing.  Dr. Price has already sunk his teeth into health care reform, having proposed alternative health care solutions in every Congressional session since 2009. As a physician myself, I am delighted at the prospect of having another doctor at ...

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It’s widely acknowledged that the American health care system achieves relatively poor ­quality outcomes compared to most industrialized nations and at much higher cost. A new survey, conducted by Nielsen Strategic Health Perspectives and commissioned by the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP), provided important insights into why this could be the case — and more ominously, why the future may be no better. CAPP is made up of ...

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If we want to rein in the costs of the U.S. health care system -- now equal to nearly 18 percent of the nation's gross domestic product -- we cannot ignore the fragmented technologies used to help heal and save lives. At first glance, the devices, monitors, electronic health records and machines found in today's hospitals might inspire awe. Look beyond the slick displays with blinking lights, however, and the picture ...

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