Stop Shouting and Think

A handful of judges are in the midst of deciding whether the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to buy health insurance is legal. Some say it is, some say the government can’t legislate this. Stop and think. We already have mandates– they’re called Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and unemployment. All are “contributions” deducted from our paychecks every two…

Policy for the fine print

Worsening vision is yet another sign we’re getting older. I picked up my new glasses last week, and was easily able to read this NY Times article about that topic. The photo on the right shows normal range of vision. If I take off my glasses, the picture loses its sharpness (courtesy National Eye Institute).…

Profits Before People, Again

Here we go. Again. This article in today’s New York Times just makes my blood boil. Essentially, the insurance companies, most notably United Healthcare and Aetna, are experimenting with new payment systems for cancer treatment by specialists. They want these physicians to use standardized treatment methods rather than the more expensive, individualized, and often experimental…