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Three strategies to defend GOP health bill: Euphemisms, false statements and deleted comments | Viewpoint

Three strategies to defend GOP health bill: Euphemisms, false statements and deleted comments | Viewpoint

Lawmakers are misleading their constituents about health with three main tactics: providing incorrect information, using euphemisms for the impact of their actions, and deleting comments critical of their actions.

May 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Needless medical tests not only waste billions — They can do harm

Needless medical tests not only waste billions — They can do harm

Some experts estimate that at least $200 billion is wasted annually on excessive testing and treatment. This overly aggressive care also can harm patients, generating mistakes and injuries believed to cause 30,000 deaths each year.

May 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health debate heats up in Montana in this week’s special election

Health debate heats up in Montana in this week’s special election

Montana’s one and only seat in the House of Representatives is up for grabs, and in the final weekend before Thursday’s special election, the underdog Democrat was hammering the Republican health care bill in TV ads.

May 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Changes in visa program puts foreign-born doctors in limbo

Changes in visa program puts foreign-born doctors in limbo

For parts of the country that have difficulty attracting American-born doctors, the uncertainty swirling around the H-1B program is already creating problems, with doctors tied up in legal uncertainty rather than treating patients.

May 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Who will care for Abril? Parents fear for their disabled child if they are deported

Who will care for Abril? Parents fear for their disabled child if they are deported

Abril was born convulsing, and doctors encouraged the family to send her to a pediatric hospice, but they decided to bring her home instead. Given her serious brain damage and severe cerebral palsy, Abril wasn’t expected to live past six months. But now her parents face deportation.

May 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Republicans race the clock on health care — but the calendar is not helping

Republicans race the clock on health care — but the calendar is not helping

Back in January, Republicans boasted they would deliver a “repeal and replace” bill for the Affordable Care Act to President Donald Trump’s desk by the end of the month. In the interim, that bravado has faded as their efforts stalled and they found out how complicated undoing a major law can be.

May 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Overwrought marketing? Ads, not research, create some pharma  best-sellers

Overwrought marketing? Ads, not research, create some pharma best-sellers

An ad campaign for a relatively rare neurological condition has helped fuel the controversy over how direct-to-consumer advertising — typified by ads that call on you to “ask your doctor” about a possible treatment — takes niche medicine and promotes its use for a broad range of patients and fosters the use of pricey prescription products when cheaper ones might suffice.

May 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump says he knows about health care, but some of his facts seem alternative

Trump says he knows about health care, but some of his facts seem alternative

Trump told Time magazine recently that “in a short period of time I understood everything there was to know about health care.” Not really. Among the president’s more questionable claims was his description of the House-passed health bill as “You’re going to have absolute coverage.” The last full estimate from the Congressional Budget Office predicted that a previous version of the bill would result in 24 million fewer people with insurance after 10 years.

May 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Reaction to the GOP health bill: Voices from the states

Reaction to the GOP health bill: Voices from the states

As the American Health Care Act moves toward the Senate, many people around the country are reacting to it. Among them, people with preexisting conditions who worry about losing their coverage.

May 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rural shoppers face slim choices, steep premiums on exchanges

Rural shoppers face slim choices, steep premiums on exchanges

People living in sparsely populated areas who shopped for coverage on the state health insurance marketplaces in 2017 frequently had just one or two insurers from which to pick and often faced significantly higher premiums than did people in more urban areas.

May 12, 2017 | By | Reply More