Sonia Sotomayor has been named as a potential favorite to fill the upcoming Supreme Court opening. But she has type I diabetes, and diabetes blogger Amy Tenderich discusses whether this will work against her. As she puts it, this can be a ground-breaking decision, "where survivorship with chronic illness meets the glass ceiling." There are arguments in the blogosphere back and forth, but Ms. Tenderich raises some interesting points. For instance, ...

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There's no doubt that those with pre-existing conditions find it difficult to obtain individual health insurance. In a minority of states, some are able to become a so-called "group of one," where they become a company. All in the name of obtaining health coverage. And yes, landscaping happens to be one of the more common fronts for these groups. This is just one tip that those with pre-existing conditions can use ...

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Here are some of the more interesting comments readers have left recently.

1. Anonymous on whether IV sedation is overused:
I think it depends on the patient and on the procedure. For my colonoscopy, I did prefer the sedation. It wasn't something that I cared to remember.

But I've also had a core needle biopsy of an abdominal tumor. The tumor was right ...

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The following is the first in a series of original guest columns by the American Medical Association.

by J. James Rohack, M.D.

In an unprecedented endeavor aimed at achieving health-care reform this year, the American Medical Association (AMA) stood with President Obama and other key health-care stakeholders Monday to announce efforts to "bend the spending curve" on health care. U.S. health-care ...

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With entries dating back to 2004, here are 10 classic blog posts on health care reform:

1. Convincing doctors to accept a public health care plan option

2. Why health reform is going to be difficult, and the trouble with saying no to American patients

3. Should a public plan option be part of any health reform initiative?

4. The Obama health ...

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Paying physicians via capitation was soundly rejected by patients when it was tried in the HMO era a decade ago.

Massachusetts is trying again. According to a state commission, they recommend "replacing fee-for-service with a system that would use a single payment to cover most of a person's care for an entire year."

The last time this was tried, patients rebelled as it was perceived that there ...

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A few zealous single-payer advocates, Physicians for a National Health Program included, were arrested this past week for disrupting Senate hearings.

Pictured here is psychiatrist Dr. Carol Paris, who was among the doctors arrested.

I'm not going to rehash the single-payer debate in this post, but I wonder whether resorting to criminal activity is really the best way to push your agenda.

From this corner, ...

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There's no question that the possible inclusion of a public plan is one of the most contentious issues that will be debated as health reform moves forward.

As I wrote previously, I'm somewhat indifferent about the option, but, feel strongly that doctors need to maintain the ability to opt out of the plan, and stress that reimbursements need to be competitive with those of private insurers.

Well, ...

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Medicare is in the midst of deciding whether to cover virtual colonoscopies.

I wrote two prior pieces on their pending decision::

Should Medicare cover a virtual colonoscopy?

Medicare will not cover virtual colonoscopies, gastroenterologists breathe a sigh of relief

In February, after reviewing the evidence, a federal agency simply said, "The evidence is inadequate."

Predictably, the move created instant dissent, mainly from CT-scan ...

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Here are the top posts from this past month, based on the number of times they were viewed.

1. How do I prevent and treat swine flu, and, is a pandemic imminent?

2. The Craigslist Killer is a Boston University medical student

3. Is the nursing shortage overblown?

4. Most hospitalists are good, but some, like these ones, aren't

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