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Drugmakers’ money-back guarantees: an answer to rising prices or a ‘carnival game’?

Drugmakers’ money-back guarantees: an answer to rising prices or a ‘carnival game’?

There is scant evidence this new approach lowers costs. Pharmaceutical companies still set the drug’s list price and have to agree to the criteria upon which they will be measured. Moreover, the savings don’t always trickle down to consumers.

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why market competition has not brought down health care costs – Viewpoint

Why market competition has not brought down health care costs – Viewpoint

Compared with Canada’s single payer system, American doctors and hospitals have nearly twice as many administrative staff workers. So whether the ACA remains in force or it’s replaced by something else, I believe we won’t be able to control health costs until we revamp the system with something like single payer.

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Safe under the ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now fear bias

Safe under the ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now fear bias

With the protections of Obamacare in place, physicians in recent years have urged patients to be screened for a variety of diseases and predisposition to illness, feeling confident it would not affect their future insurability. But the results recorded on patients’ charts could haunt them, experts say.

June 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Analysis: Mitch McConnell plans to hide Trumpcare’s pain until after midterms

Analysis: Mitch McConnell plans to hide Trumpcare’s pain until after midterms

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is well aware of the political peril of taking health benefits away from millions of voters. But McConnell’s bill offers a solution: go ahead and repeal Obamacare, but hide the pain for as long as possible.

June 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Feds to waive penalties for some who signed up late for Medicare

Feds to waive penalties for some who signed up late for Medicare

Now Medicare has temporarily changed its rules to offer a reprieve from penalties for people who kept Affordable Care Act policies after becoming eligible for Medicare.

June 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
GOP health bill pleases most Republicans, but not many other Americans

GOP health bill pleases most Republicans, but not many other Americans

The health overhaul bill passed by the House earlier this month accomplishes one major feat: It is even less popular than the not-very-popular Affordable Care Act it would largely replace, a new poll finds.

May 31, 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
Why blue states might ditch beloved Obamacare protections

Why blue states might ditch beloved Obamacare protections

Red, or GOP-leaning, states are sure to be interested in rolling back the law’s coverage requirements and freeing insurers to charge people more when they have preexisting conditions. But many deep-blue, heavily Democratic states supportive of Obamacare may be forced to do the same.

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some GOP congressmen could pay politically for ACA repeal vote

Some GOP congressmen could pay politically for ACA repeal vote

GOP representatives seen as most at risk represent districts where a large number of people have coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, or districts that have trended blue recently.

May 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Political Theater: How a bill that nearly all opposed managed to pass the House

Political Theater: How a bill that nearly all opposed managed to pass the House

Despite vocal opposition from nearly every major constituency affected, the US House of Representatives approved on the Republican Obamacare ‘repeal and replace’ bill.

May 5, 2017 | By | Reply More