Health care reform: Who must buy insurance?

The Christian Science Monitor takes a simple stab at this question here.But here’s a key thing to remember: There is a simple concept at the center of this rambling, Rube Goldbergian machine. Democratic healthcare reform would expand insurance coverage in America by requiring people to obtain it.That’s right. The healthcare reform bill would mandate that most US citizens and legal residents purchase “minimal essential coverage” for themselves and their dependents. They can get this either t … [Read more...]

Brown wins; Dems look to nuclear option as means to get health care passed

Whether you support health care reform or not, wouldn't the election of Republican Scott Brown in MA seem like a signal to slow things down?Apparently Senate Democrats don't think so. Senator Dick Durbin wants to get the bill signed before Brown can get into town and laid out a couple of ways to do it.I suspect GOP strategists are torn. They don't like the health care options but if the Dems ram something through, prospects for the midterm election should improve to an even more optimi … [Read more...]

Health care reform controversy comes to Grove City

Yesterday, Grove City got involved.Americans for Prosperity rolled through town collecting signatures on a petition opposing more government control of health care.I wrote about the visit at World Magazine, just up today. Actually, I wrote the article sitting in the Four Star Pizza. They're all wireless and tasty in there.Unpaid protesterPeople waiting to sign the petitionAmericans for Prosperity bus … [Read more...]

Cooking up an easy way to make a big impression on health care reform

How to be organized without really looking organized.This came today:Friend --All throughout August, our members of Congress are back in town. Insurance companies and partisan attack groups are stirring up fear with false rumors about the President's plan, and it's extremely important that folks like you speak up now.So we've cooked up an easy, powerful way for you to make a big impression: Office Visits for Health Reform.All this week, OFA members like you will be … [Read more...]

Mayo Clinic comes out against the House health care reform proposal

Just a brief post - The Mayo Clinic has been touted by the President but the clinic has come out against the House proposal.I don't deny the need for rational health insurance policy but I am very nervous that the White House is pushing the process too quickly. Doing something bad could be much worse than doing nothing.I appreciate readers who believe we need a single payer. However, all we are really talking about is who brokers the payments. The inefficiencies in the system and the … [Read more...]

Health care reform: Deja vu all over again

Eleven years ago, I wrote a brief history of health insurance for the Journal of Psychology and Christianity ("Managed care: It's like deja vu all over again," 1998, vol. 17, 131-141) as a part of special issue on managed behavioral health care.I thought of that article this past week while reading various news reports about President Obama's push to enact some version of health care/health insurance reform. I argued in that paper that managed care was one on many private sector … [Read more...]

Ginsburg was right about population control

In her remarks to Emily Bazelon, which I linked to on Sunday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the following regarding Roe v. Wade, a feminist legal agenda and population control:Q: If you were a lawyer again, what would you want to accomplish as a future feminist legal agenda?JUSTICE GINSBURG: Reproductive choice has to be straightened out. There will never be a woman of means without choice anymore. That just seems to me so obvious. The states that had changed their abortion laws … [Read more...]


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