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Obamacare Wants States To Think They Can Restructure Health Reform To Their Liking With A 1332 Waiver

People like to take advantage of exceptions to the rule when they can – whether it’s for self-interest motives or for beneficence. So, naturally, it makes sense for market-minded policymakers to pursue waivers that sidestep big government health care laws like Obamacare. One in particular that may seem appealing to limited government proponents is the “StateContinue Reading






Obamacare Wants States To Think It’s Flexible. It’s Not.

People in the policy world are all about waivers. In other words, they like exceptions to the rule – whether it’s for self-interest motives or for beneficence. So, naturally, it makes sense for market-minded policymakers to pursue waivers that sidestep big government health care laws like Obamacare. One such waiver that may seem appealing to limitedContinue Reading






Paladina Health and Union County, NC: Another Successful Direct Primary Care Case Study

I’ve written a lot about how DPC saves money on health claims because these doctors can spend more time effectively managing patient care since they don’t participate with insurance. There are many different DPC models. Entrepreneurial-minded physicians are hanging their own shingles. Others are running their practices as non-profits in which patient membership fees offsetContinue Reading






3 Reasons Why The ‘Public Option’ Will Destabilize The Private Health Insurance Market

Thanks to President Barack Obama’s debut as a contributor for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the ‘public option’ has made its way back into the great health care debate. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton approves of it as well. Why not make Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges more robust by offering a public health planContinue Reading






The ‘Public Option’ Makes Its Way Back Into the Great Health Care Debate

Thanks to President Barack Obama’s debut as a contributor for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the ‘public option’ has made its way back into the great health care debate. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton approves of it as well. Why not make Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges more robust by offering a public health planContinue Reading






The #GetCovered Campaign Doesn’t Mean Better Access To Health Care

45 percent of the remaining uninsured – the single largest group of people who technically can afford health insurance –  agree. Coverage does not equal access to health care. The Wall Street Journal writes: Health-law holdouts are diverse in their income, their health and where they live, surveys show. One commonality: They have often considered insuranceContinue Reading






President Obama Has Solution To Obamacare Shortcomings

…it involves more subsidies for people who purchase health insurance on their own, a call for North Carolina and 18 other states to expand Medicaid, and a ‘public option’ health plan to be offered in areas of the country where people have just one insurer to choose from. These ‘solutions’ were written by the president himselfContinue Reading






Medical App Brings Specialists Into The Primary Care Office

  A lot of people don’t like going to the doctor. Of course, there are the worried well, but for the most part it’s a dreaded experience. Wait times are never predictable, and when patients finally interact with a primary care physician, the visit lasts for an average of 8 minutes. The doctor might orderContinue Reading






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