by John J. Dalton, FHFMA, Editor, The Three Minute ReadTM The short answer – not quite yet! The word “endemic” comes from the Greek endēmos, which means “in population.” An endemic virus is relatively constant in a population with largely predictable patterns, with the seasonal flu perhaps the best example. It’s likely that Covid-19 ultimately … Continue reading Has the Pandemic Become Endemic?
The Congress has set the stage for real universal healthcare legislation by including important improvements to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a part of the American Relief Plan. The new law extends Obamacare subsidies to higher income level Americans. For example, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that a 64-year-old American earning $58,000 … Continue reading Universal Healthcare – The Challenge Ahead
by John Dalton, Executive Director, Healing American Healthcare Coalition™ The past weekend’s news included reporting from CPAC touting former President Trump’s “America First” policy. When it comes to America’s health, that thought could hardly be further from the truth. Data released last week by the Commonwealth Fund1 shows America as the biggest spender with the … Continue reading America First? On Health, America’s Worst!
Both Democrat and Republican lawmakers want to find ways to lower the cost of prescription drugs for Americans with good reason. On a per capita basis we pay more than twice as much as the average cost for prescription drugs when compared with the other 36 member nations of the UN’s Organization for Economic Cooperation … Continue reading America Needs Lower Drug Prices Now – Here Are 3 Ways To Do It
It has often been said that the United States is the richest country in the world. However, it is also the only wealthy nation that does not have a universal healthcare system that covers all its citizens. Healthcare in our country should be a right and not a privilege. It should be something that every … Continue reading Strategic Compromise – The Pathway to Universal Healthcare
Vice President Biden’s plan to improve Obamacare by increasing subsidies and offering a public option is a reasonable approach to expanding healthcare coverage for Americans. In a recent op-ed, Paul Krugman pointed out that, under the Biden plan, 20-25 million would get health insurance and premiums would fall sharply for some middle -class families. Bidencare … Continue reading Bidencare Can be Even Better and Cost Less
From early in the pandemic, our public health leaders have said there were five things that each of us should do to protect ourselves and each other from the coronavirus and to mitigate its spread: Wear a mask or face covering when you are out in public. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water … Continue reading Ignoring Science Does Not Make It Go Away – Our Crisis in National Leadership
In mid-July I read a very interesting – and sad – commentary on Americans, the pandemic and wearing masks that was written by Eli Saslow, a reporter at The Washington Post. The article is entitled “No mask no entry. Is that clear enough? That seems pretty clear, right?” Here is the link to the article … Continue reading Freedom and Frontline Workers
The Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka “Obamacare”) is the most significant healthcare legislation since Medicare and Medicaid became law fifty years ago. In our opinion, the lasting achievement of the ACA will be seen as tackling the immoral and paradoxical disqualification for healthcare known as the pre-existing condition, a disqualification unique in the developed world. … Continue reading Guest post by Dr. Michael Hutchinson: The Eichhorn-Hutchinson Plan™ for Universal Healthcare Would Cover All Americans
Once the coronavirus epidemic is behind us and social distancing is not our day-to-day way of life, there will be many detailed analyses and debates about how the pandemic has changed life in America. There will be many new ideas about how to prevent national and regional epidemics. There will be new proposals for universal … Continue reading Pandemic Lessons