The Week: Most Recent health-care recent posts.en-usTue, 05 Feb 2013 06:57:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent health-care from THE WEEKTue, 05 Feb 2013 06:57:00 -0500Gov. John Kasich's Medicaid flip: Are conservatives embracing ObamaCare?<img src="" /></P><p>Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is the latest governor to accept the hefty Medicaid expansion authorized by President Obama's health care overhaul. He's not the first Republican to do so &mdash; Brian Sandoval (Nev.), Susana Martinez (N.M.), Jack Dalrymple (N.D.), and Jan Brewer (Ariz.) have, too &mdash; but Kasich's opt-in is a bigger deal. As House Budget Committee chairman during the Newt Gingrich years, the "fiercely conservative" Kasich "built his political identity arguing for smaller government," says David Nather at <em>Politico</em>. And the expansion of Medicaid to every Ohio resident earning up to...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Tue, 05 Feb 2013 06:57:00 -0500Counting down to ObamaCare: What's coming in 2013?<img src="" /></P><p>When House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said after the 2012 election that "ObamaCare is the law of the land," he was more stating the facts than waving a white flag. Republicans haven't entirely given up on neutering, or at least undermining, President Obama's signature domestic achievement, but the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has survived several legislative attempts at repeal, a harrowing Supreme Court challenge, and now a presidential election that promised critics their last best chance of killing ObamaCare before it takes full effect in 2014. Still, a lot of the nuts and bolts...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 29 Nov 2012 07:30:00 -05003 ways Republicans can still dismantle ObamaCare<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Republicans have had President Obama's health care law in their sights for years. At first, they hoped the conservative-leaning Supreme Court would slay the beast, but Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberals in upholding the individual mandate. Then GOPers spent hundreds of millions of dollars to elect Mitt Romney president, but Romney &mdash; who vowed to kill the law even though he's arguably its intellectual father &mdash; fell short at the polls. Democrats hoped that ObamaCare, having survived these brushes with death, could finally stop looking over its shoulder, but Republicans...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 26 Nov 2012 16:18:00 -0500Everything you need to know about palliative care<img src="" /></P><p>The toughest issue in life is dealing with poor health. The dreaded diagnosis of a loved one or friend, a family member, or even yourself. As a doctor, especially a transplant surgeon, you face serious illness every day.&nbsp;</p><p>But a brand new field in medicine is making chronic, agonizing, and even terminal illnesses much more manageable. Most people don't know anything about it. But with the miraculous advances we are making in treating cancer and heart disease, palliative care has emerged as the best solution for those facing serious, painful diseases, and introduces the very real possibility...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/bill-frist" ><span class="byline">Bill Frist</span></a>Wed, 21 Nov 2012 06:20:00 -0500Why President Obama (or Romney) must tackle Alzheimer's<img src="" /></P><p>Bulletin to the post-election president of the United States: Americans are hungry for a Big (nonpolitical) Idea that will not only inspire and uplift, but also improve the daily lives of their families.</p><p>That Big Idea, I respectfully submit, should be a War on Alzheimer's disease.</p><p>Why Alzheimer's? Because it is a demographically driven, rapidly expanding condition that is incurable and fatal. It wrenches apart families emotionally and economically. And it will, if not reversed, inevitably affect every family.</p><p>Alzheimer's disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in America, is the only cause...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/bill-frist" ><span class="byline">Bill Frist</span></a>Tue, 06 Nov 2012 06:40:00 -0500More knowledge + less government = A healthier you<img src="" /></P><p>The most intimate, the most immediate, the most personal aspect of your life is your health, both of your body and mind. So why is it that our day-to-day care has not benefited from the explosions in technology, digitization, and connectedness that are revolutionizing other aspects of our lives?&nbsp;</p><p>In spite of U.S. leadership in innovation and technology, we still lag behind the rest of the developed world in such fundamental health measures as infant mortality and life expectancy. It seems impossible. Especially when we are spending so much more per capita than any other country.</p><p>I predict...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/bill-frist" ><span class="byline">Bill Frist</span></a>Tue, 23 Oct 2012 08:50:00 -0400Mitt Romney says Americans don't die for lack of health insurance: Is he right?<img src="" /></P><p>Liberal critics of Mitt Romney's plan to repeal ObamaCare argue that a President Romney would leave tens of millions of Americans without health insurance they would otherwise have under Obama's reform law. In a meeting with the <em>Columbus Dispatch</em> editorial board this week, Romney sought to downplay the harm that such an insurance-revoking plan would cause. "We don't have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don't have insurance," Romney said, repeating a claim he made last month on <em>60 Minutes</em>. Is Romney right, or is he underestimating the dangers faced by the nation's...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 11 Oct 2012 14:30:00 -0400Why Medicare is the defining issue of the 2012 race<img src="" /></P><p>A funny thing has happened this election season. While much of the campaign rhetoric has been focused on ObamaCare, the public's focus has now shifted. Entitlements, most notably Medicare, heretofore regarded as the lethal "third rail" of politics, are now being openly debated and have quickly become the defining domestic issue of the next 12 months.&nbsp;</p><p>Mitt Romney's pick of Paul Ryan for the VP slot certainly gave Romney's Medicare proposal, which&nbsp;includes reforming Medicare into a defined contribution system, a large public spotlight.&nbsp;While President Obama incorrectly asserted in...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/bill-frist" ><span class="byline">Bill Frist</span></a>Tue, 09 Oct 2012 06:05:00 -0400Why America can never give up on medical research<img src="" /></P><p>In America we spend roughly $140 billion on medical research every year. One-third of that is from the federal government. Over half &mdash; 54 percent &mdash; comes from industry, and nearly all the rest comes from universities, philanthropic foundations, independent research institutions, and what most statisticians labels imply as "Other." The contributions of these voluntary, nongovernment, and nonprofit institutions is calculated, then shrugged off, as people return to talking about the worth of federal NIH funding or deride the evils of pharmaceutical companies.&nbsp;</p><p>But these contributions...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/bill-frist" ><span class="byline">Bill Frist</span></a>Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:00:00 -0400How do you want to die?<img src="" /></P><p>How do you envision death with dignity? I like to think of being at home in the comforting and supportive environment of family and friends. But the odds are that neither you nor I will leave this world as we might wish &mdash;&nbsp;unless policymakers change course.</p><p>End-of-life care is perhaps one of the most complex, emotional, and delicate issues in all of health care. Those final weeks and months can be an incredibly challenging and, too frequently, confusing period for us. At a time we hope for peace, tranquility, and dignity, a patient is often pulled in opposing directions by doctors, intensive...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/bill-frist" ><span class="byline">Bill Frist</span></a>Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:20:00 -0400What my doctor thinks of ObamaCare<img src="" /></P><p>Want real health reform that is in the interest of you and your family?&nbsp;Don't make the same mistake that Washington did. In formulating ObamaCare, the politicians listened to lobbyists, policy wonks, academics, health theorists, regulators, and occasionally to each other. But they failed to listen to the people who actually care for patients: Doctors. Granted, the lobbyists for physician groups were at the table, but not the doctor him or herself. Ironic, isn't it? Especially when it's the doctor who has the daily responsibility of directly caring for the patient.</p><p>Go ahead, ask your physician...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/bill-frist" ><span class="byline">Bill Frist</span></a>Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:10:00 -0400Who cuts Medicare more -- Romney or Obama?<img src="" /></P><p>Mitt Romney, under fire from the Left over running mate Paul Ryan's proposal to overhaul Medicare, has gone on the offensive, accusing President Obama of siphoning $716 billion from the health-care program for the elderly to pay for ObamaCare. Democrats call the charge dishonest, noting that ObamaCare cuts <em>monies paid to insurers</em>, not benefits, and countercharging that it's really Republicans who are out to slash entitlement spending. With Americans nervous about the fate of the massive, popular program, which side would really cut it more?<br /><br /><strong>Obama cuts Medicare, not Romney:</strong> "You wouldn&rsquo;t know...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 16 Aug 2012 11:45:00 -04005 ObamaCare provisions you can already take advantage of<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">ObamaCare is a 2,700-page thicket of legalese around which an extraordinarily polarizing debate over the nature and reach of federal power has swirled. But often lost in the debate are the law's specific benefits &mdash; and unbeknownst to many Americans, several of its provisions have been quietly implemented over the past two years. Just this week, an estimated 47 million women across America gained access to eight new medical services at no out-of-pocket cost. Here, five ObamaCare provisions you can already take advantage of:</p><p class="p1"><strong>1. Free preventative care for women</strong> <br />As of Aug. 1, insurance plans...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 02 Aug 2012 15:04:00 -0400Is America running out of doctors?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">The primary objective of President Obama's overhaul of the health-care system is to extend coverage to the tens of millions of Americans currently without insurance. "But coverage will not necessarily translate into care," because there may not be enough doctors to treat everyone, say Annie Lowrey and Robert Pear at <em>The New York Times</em>. The U.S. is already facing a severe shortage of doctors, particularly in rural areas of the country, and the problem is only expected to get worse as more Americans gain insurance. Here, a guide to America's dearth of doctors:</p><p class="p1"><strong>Why aren't there enough doctors?</strong> <br />The...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 31 Jul 2012 07:54:00 -0400ObamaCare's new price tag: A guide<img src="" /></P><p>The Supreme Court's ruling upholding President Obama's health-care overhaul made the law cheaper, the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday. The hitch is that the savings &mdash; tens of billions of dollars over the next decade &mdash; come primarily from the court's decision to allow states to opt out of a costly expansion of Medicaid, which will also reduce the number of uninsured people getting coverage under the law. So is ObamaCare better off, or worse? Here, a brief guide:<br /><br /><strong>How much will the court's ruling save?</strong><br />It's not clear yet how many states will forgo an expansion of Medicaid, but...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 25 Jul 2012 08:43:00 -0400Why both parties should embrace ObamaCare's state exchanges<img src="" /></P><p>When the new health care reform law was being debated in 2009 and 2010, everyone talked about "death panels." When challenged in court, everyone debated the individual mandate. After last month's Supreme Court decision, the conversation has now switched to Medicaid. During all of this, however, we have largely ignored what is perhaps the most innovative, market-driven, and ultimately constructive part of the law: State exchanges.&nbsp;</p><p>Originally a Republican idea, the state insurance exchanges mandated under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will offer a menu of private insurance plans to pick and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/bill-frist" ><span class="byline">Bill Frist</span></a>Wed, 18 Jul 2012 08:15:00 -0400