Who Cares About Wasserman Schultz When Americans Are Still Getting Medical Care In Animal Stalls?

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While the media — and Democratic party leaders — obsess about whether Debbie Wasserman Schultz should be allowed to “gavel in” the Democratic National Convention here today, hundreds of doctors and dentists are returning to their day jobs after spending three days a few miles from where I grew up treating patients — human patients — in animal stalls.

Frankly, I suspect the Democrats would rather deal with the Wasserman Schultz debacle than acknowledge that the

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Health Insurers ‘May Go The Way Of Blockbuster’

Steven Brill believes insurance firms are simply getting in the way of cost control.

Remember Blockbuster?

In its heyday—which wasn’t so long ago—Blockbuster had 60,000 employees and 9,000 locations. For most Americans, for a minute anyway, it was the place to rent a movie.  Then along came Netflix. And Redbox, which operates most of the movie-rental kiosks in convenience and grocery stores.

Before you knew it, Blockbuster was no longer a necessity.  All of a sudden, it seemed, we could

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Millions of Middle Class Americans Will Remain Uninsured Despite Obamacare

No-man’s land captures those too rich for subsidies but too poor for sanctions.

The good news from last week’s Congressional Budget Office report was that Obamacare will cost 20 percent less through 2019 than originally expected. That’s in  part because medical inflation has slowed more than the CBO anticipated back in 2010 when the law went into effect.

But the report had bad news too.  Fewer people are signing up for coverage than the government had hoped. In fact, the

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Exploding The Myths About American Health Care

New documentary takes ‘world’s best’ system to task.

I don’t agree with Romney and Obama health care advisor Jonathan Gruber that Americans are stupid, but there is abundant evidence that we’re incredibly gullible. And we’re paying a big price for it. For the latest evidence, check out the documentary Remote Area Medical, which opens in select theaters across the country this coming Friday.

We’ve been told over and over again by politicians and flacks—including me in my previous

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The ‘Good Old Days’ Before Obamacare

Pining for days when the ACA wasn’t ‘messing with your coverage?’ Let’s take a stroll down memory lane to see what you’re missing now.

We Americans have short-term memory when it comes to health care. Either that or far too many of us have bought – hook, line and sinker – the false accusations and unfounded predictions about Obamacare we’ve been subjected to over the past five years.

Little wonder when you consider, as I wrote recently, that $418

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Obamacare Helps Millions, but Falls Short in Many Ways

Per capita cost of care still higher than in other nations.

Although there is no shortage of critics of the Affordable Care Act — on the far left as well as the right — it’s hard to dispute that the law has benefited millions of Americans. And not just those who have become newly insured over the past year.

President Barack Obama cited some of the impressive statistics last Thursday, the day after the one-year anniversary of the turbulent

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Obamacare Helps Millions, But Falls Short in Many Ways

Per capita cost of care still higher than in other nations.

Although there is no shortage of critics of the Affordable Care Act — on the far left as well as the right — it’s hard to dispute that the law has benefited millions of Americans. And not just those who have become newly insured over the past year.

President Barack Obama cited some of the impressive statistics last Thursday, the day after the one-year anniversary of the turbulent

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Obamacare-Driven Competition Lowering Rates in Some States

Participants would be wise to shop around.

Candidates who had planned to run against Obamacare this fall and use skyrocketing rate increases as an “I-told-you-so” talking point may not have as much to work with as they had hoped.

While health insurers in some states will indeed increase the cost of their policies, early evidence suggests that most increases won’t be any higher than they were before the Affordable Care Act was passed. And millions of Americans will be able

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Skyrocketing Salaries for Health Insurance CEOs

If they’re making millions, should the rest of us have to pay higher premiums?

If health insurance companies announce big premium increases on policies for 2015, I hope regulators, lawmakers and the media will look closely at whether they are justified, especially in light of recent disclosures of better-than-expected profits in 2013, rosy outlooks for the rest of this year and soaring CEO compensation.

Almost all of the publicly traded health insurers reported big increases in revenue and profits last

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