American Health Care Act, a Summary & UPDATE

  By Wayne Caswell, founding editor UPDATE 3/24/2017 — Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives scheduled a critical vote today but could not secure enough votes within their own party to pass the American Health Care Act. So Speaker Paul Ryan and and President Trump decided to pulled it. The bill to partially repeal Obamacare would partially fulfill a campaign promise and give Read More …

Early-Stage Obamacare – How’s it Going?

EDITOR: Opinions of Obamacare, and whether it’s a glass half empty or half full, depend largely on one’s political viewpoint and sources of your information. Opponents of the law, including many in the medical industrial complex with lots to lose if health reform cuts costs, often cite articles hinting that it’s a failure, while proponents cite articles highlighting successes and progress. Read More …

Obamacare Fact vs. Fiction (Now that you Voted)

By Wendell Potter, Analyst at the Center for Public Integrity, author of Deadly Spin (original on Huffington Post, slightly modified after the election) Wouldn’t it be great if our candidates had to take a dose of truth serum every morning before hitting the campaign trail? If they did, those of us who recently voted wouldn’t be nearly as confused about Read More …

US Healthcare System has Cancer. Can Trump Fix it?

By Wayne Caswell, founding editor, Modern Health Talk Opening his January 16, 2017 Huffington Post article, Dr. Sudip Bose said, “One thing is certain about the future of Obamacare, and that is that it will change under a Donald Trump presidency.“ Given his public statements, Trump will clearly make sweeping changes sooner than later, but what those changes will be Read More …

Hooray for Obamacare! How’s it doing?

No matter your politics, you must respect a Nobel Prize winning economist when he speaks in economic terms. The following is pulled from yesterday’s New York Times editorial by Paul Krugman. Hooray for Obamacare! “Was I on the edge of my seat, waiting for the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare subsidies? No — I was pacing the room, too nervous Read More …

101 MiniTrends in Health Care

“What the Hell is happening to health care?” “And is it an Opportunity or a Threat?” Insights by Wayne Caswell, Founder of Modern Health Talk. An awful lot has changed in just the last few years and even more will change in the near future, with the aim of reducing (or at least containing) our health care costs. What’s behind Read More …

Nine States Deny The Poor Health Care

GOP Governors Deny The Poor Health Care In Opposing Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion   By Peter S. Goodman and Jeffrey Young RUSTON, La. — With no health insurance and not enough money for a doctor, Laura Johnson is long accustomed to treating her ailments with a self-written prescription: home remedies, prayer and denial.

OBAMACARE – a moving infographic

Obamacare does so many things to give people better access to affordable, quality health care. The folks at Colorado Consumer Health Initiative just like to say THANKS OBAMACARE with this moving infographic about President Obama’s healthcare plan and how it actually helps people. Nothing is perfect, but we think there are a lot of positives that came out of this whole thing, Read More …

Why Republicans Want to Repeal Obamacare

Here’s what Reich says about an Obamacare repeal: 32 million people will lose coverage, [UPDATE: 24M per Congressional Budget Office] Tens of thousands of American’s will die as a result, Medicare and Medicaid will be left in worse shape, and The rich will get richer in a massive redistribution of wealth. Missing from this list, and discussed after the video, is Read More …

Understanding Obamacare

Healthcare became a hot potato during this political season, even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. Governor Romney wants to repeal “Obamacare,” but what’s actually in the law and why was introduced in the first place? To address these common questions, I’m reposting one of my first articles on the topic. This article describes Read More …

Why Health Care Costs are Obscenely Expensive (Infographic)

  Americans spend more on health care but live sicker and die younger. Why?   We’ve published dozens of articles addressing that issue and have accumulated thousands of statistics in hundreds of Infographics. But today we include an important infographic that combines 12 charts created by Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post. Afterwards is a video description, a counter-point argument, and Read More …

Understanding Obamacare in Three and a Half Minutes

By Wendell Potter, Author, consultant, columnist at Center for Public Integrity and healthinsurance.org Since 2010, the year President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, more than $400 million has been spent by the law’s opponents to turn Americans against it, according to an analysis earlier this summer by the Campaign Media Analysis Group at Kantar Media. That compares to just $75 million spent Read More …

Let the Health Care Reform Debates Begin, Again

Editorial by Wayne Caswell, Founding Editor, Modern Health Talk According to Forbes, House Republicans released this week a 37-page draft of their plan to “replace Obamacare and reform entitlements.” To that I say, Let the Health Care Reform Debates Begin, Again. Even though Obamacare has slowed the rising costs of healthcare as our population ages, significantly more work needs to Read More …

Texas has the Highest Uninsured Rate

The data is in from a WalletHub analysis of 2015’s States with the highest & lowest uninsured rates, and as an Austin resident, I’m again embarrassed to say that Texas has the highest uninsured rate. Having insurance is vital to the health of your family and your wallet. It can significantly reduce your out-of-pocket medical expenses, the leading cause of personal Read More …

Obamacare: What’s at Stake if it’s Repealed

By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services More than three years ago, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act and President Obama signed it into law. Last year, the Supreme Court upheld it. Millions of Americans have already benefited from its provisions, and millions more are looking forward to benefits that will soon go into effect. And in November, Read More …

High Court upholds Obamacare. What it means for YOU

By Linda Bergthold (original on Huffington Post) In a surprise decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. You will hear a lot of commentary from legal and policy experts in the next few weeks about this decision, but this post is about what the Court action means for YOU personally. Read More …

Where’s Real Reform in Health Care?

The Patient Accountability and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a reasonable first step in health reform, but much more needs to be done. That’s primarily because Obamacare is still dependent on health insurance, which turned health care into an industry that profits from the perverse incentives of treating patients as paying customers. This health care industry  often works to keep patients as Read More …

Healthcare in the age of Dr. Google

Healthcare in the age of Dr. Google: the 2014 digital patient journey is sponsored by Fathom Healthcare, a healthcare marketing company. Ask any medical professional what has changed about patient behavior the last few years, and she is sure to talk about a physician who never was accepted to med school … the ubiquitous “Dr. Google.” When patients start to Read More …

Insurance Cost = Premiums + Deductibles + Copays

OPINION by Wayne Caswell, founder & senior editor, Modern Health Talk This is an obvious opinion piece that I posted on Huffington Post in response to another opinion piece, It’s Not Just You — Those Health Insurance Deductibles Are Getting Scary. MY RESPONSE: The article was well written but misleading because it failed to acknowledge that Total Insurance Cost = Premiums + Read More …

Healthcare Reform Debate at Supreme Court (UPDATED)

My consumer lobbying and healthcare interests explain my attention to this week’s Supreme Court case and the many articles I’ve commented on and tweeted about. Comments generally go something like this: Without the mandate, we need another way to pay for the Affordable Care Act (opponents call it ObamaCare) or an entirely new alternative to our existing healthcare system. The Read More …