Category Archives: Health

What happens if there’s a partial repeal on Obamacare?

purchase-health-insurance-policyFrom the Urban Institute:

The number of uninsured people would rise from 28.9 million to 58.7 million in 2019, an increase of 29.8 million people (103 percent). The share of non-elderly people without insurance would increase from 11 percent to 21 percent, a higher rate of uninsurance than before the ACA because of the disruption to the non-group insurance market.

Of the 29.8 million newly uninsured, 22.5 million people would become uninsured as a result of eliminating the premium tax credits, the Medicaid expansion, and the individual mandate. The additional 7.3 million people would become uninsured because of the near collapse of the non-group insurance market.

And that’s just for starters. You can read the entire report, “Implications of a Partial Repeal of the ACA Through Reconciliation,”  here. And thanks, Leftover, for the link.

Ladies? Guess who bears the brunt of Trump’s version of Obamacare?

obamacare-and-womenYou do.

I wrote this for CT Health Investigative team.

WHO: Tax soda

182338-425x283-best-selling-sodasThe World Health Organization is urging governments worldwide to tax sodas, as a way of combating obesity.

Whether countries will take that recommendation is another issue entirely. You can read more here. Let the discussions of Big Nanny begin, but personally? I don’t think this is such a bad idea.

Massachusetts’ mental health system is broken

Title-SpotlightRead the Boston Globe’s Spotlight’s latest effort. And thanks, Jac, for sending the link.

And don’t think, just because you don’t live in Massachusetts, that things are cool in your state. They’re not. If other states had these kinds of reporters, they’d tell sadly similar stories.

Hundreds of U.S. hospitals follow Catholic directives on reproductive care

Which means hundreds of thousands of women are not getting appropriate care, even when their lives are in jeopardy.

deniedNew reports from the ACLU and MergerWatch say that one in every six hospital beds in the U.S. is in a facility that complies with Catholic directives which prohibit a range of reproductive health care services.

The report, “Health Care Denied,” says:

In some places, such as Washington State, more than 40 percent of all hospital beds are in a Catholic hospital, and entire regions have no other option for hospital care. Catholic hospitals also receive billions in taxpayer dollars.4 These hospitals should not be permitted to turn away patients seeking emergency medical care, to discriminate against women by refusing to provide critical reproductive health services, or to force their values on patients who may not share them.

We simply cannot afford to balance our budget on the backs of people with mental illness

mental_health_cuts_claire_bien-4Connecticut is in a budgetary free-fall, but we need to apply the knife verrry carefully. We pay now, or we pay later, particularly when we cut programs for people with mental health issues.

Connecticut is a leader in preventing and ending homelessness. Will this budget crisis set us back? Depends on how we make our cuts. I wrote this for WNPR. And thank you, Ryan Caron King, for the wonderful photos.

How to provide Medicare for all

6ac4e909-4318-4e55-81fe-ae24f162030fLeftover sends this, a Marcia Angell column from the Boston Globe, that explains how we can get precisely what the majority of us want, a federally-funded health care system.

Single payer now. Single payer forever. amen.