Updates from Andrew Coates, MD RSS
09:02:06 pm on September 9, 2009 |
Again, the positive example of Medicare…
08:55:53 pm on September 9, 2009 |
We will find out when we knock on his door!
08:50:54 pm on September 9, 2009 |
Part of the White House deal with PhRMA is that it will not fight for Medicare to negotiate prices with drug makers.
08:48:45 pm on September 9, 2009 |
One doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry!
08:42:40 pm on September 9, 2009 |
In the magical marketplace an insurer with no market share will never compete.
08:41:44 pm on September 9, 2009 |
wait I missed that? — What legitimate service do insurance companies provide?
08:40:45 pm on September 9, 2009 |
I agree that this is the Reaganesque “magic of the marketplace” I’ve been hearing about since high school.
08:40:10 pm on September 9, 2009 |
In the bills in Congress if your employer offers insurance and you want to strike out on your own it is either not possible or you pay a special fine…
08:36:45 pm on September 9, 2009 |
Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector adds 4.5% overhead to every policy it helps sell.
08:34:21 pm on September 9, 2009 |
Caveat emptor. The insurance market is set up to allow insurers to compete for healthy and wealthy patients. That is how insurance companies succeed.
08:32:24 pm on September 9, 2009 |
$5,000 for an individual, $10,000 for a family cap on out of pocket costs for COVERED expenses. This cap would still allow people with insurance to be driven into bankruptcy.
08:30:26 pm on September 9, 2009 |
One important detail to start with: the changes would not begin until 2013! Four more years of worsening dysfunction.
08:20:10 pm on September 9, 2009 |
08:14:20 pm on September 9, 2009 |
The dream of bipartisan legislation will never die.
08:04:30 pm on September 9, 2009 |
“Everyone understands the extraordinary hardships that are placed on the uninsured, who live every day just one accident or illness away from bankruptcy.”
This line seriously misses the mark. On the contrary, everyone understands the extraordinary hardships that are placed upon the INSURED, who live every day just one accident or illness away from bankruptcy.
This is one of the reasons why I unconvinced that, even if a bill is passed and signed, as Gwendolyn says, they will be able to declare health care “done” as we look forward to the next chapter of the effort for a national health program. Consciousness – and expectations – have been raised sky high.
07:08:51 pm on September 9, 2009 |
Gwendolyn — Neither public nor an option! As Bill Moyers said, it seems straight from the founding fathers… Barnum and Bailey.
The “public option,” particularly at this point in the beltway process, is really a feint, not a punch. The most “robust” public option would still keep the private insurance industry in the driver’s seat.
Doug, I have seen the data you quote before. Do you have a thought about the profits and profitability of the insurance industry at this particular moment? — Andy