Tag Archives: Healthcare

Head Nurse at Emory speaks out about Ebola

emory university hospitalI love this. In the medical profession, we too often hide in our hospitals and never speak out. Well, the head nurse at Emory University is speaking out about Ebola and the mission of tertiary hospitals like Emory. This is GREAT!

From WaPo:

A second American infected with the potentially deadly Ebola virus arrived at Emory University Hospital on Tuesday from Africa, following the first patient last weekend. Both were greeted by a team of highly trained physicians and nurses, a specialized isolation unit, extensive media coverage, and a storm of public reaction. People responded viscerally on social media, fearing that we risked spreading Ebola to the United States. Continue reading Head Nurse at Emory speaks out about Ebola

News Roundup – Boehner, Marriage, Rangel, Healthcare

I’m not sure why, but John Boehner is suing Barack Obama. Oh, I’m sorry. I do know why. This is a fund raising stunt. If he is able to keep Republicans all riled up… they could win the Senate.

6 Signs that your marriage is on the rocks.

I thought that Charles Rangel was politically dead. I guess not. He won his primary race. Now whether he should win or not is a different question.

A study that came out comparing healthcare in multiple countries found that we continue to be awful. We spend more money and have worse outcomes.

I don’t have all of the answers, but I do have a few. When you look at the chart above, how many of the countries that deliver “good” healthcare are insurance based? Could we get better outcomes if we, the American people, focused on the doctor-patient relationship? The problem is not that there isn’t good healthcare in the US. There is. There is GREAT healthcare, but there is also really, really bad healthcare. We need to keep the GREAT and get rid of the bad.

Hey, the Supreme Court ruled that the police have to get a warrant to search my cellphone. This is a victory for privacy. Nice editorial in the NYT.

Oh, there is nothing quite as entertaining as Republican in-fighting on Fox News. Neil Cavuto and Michele Bachmann get into it. It is kind of funny.


Repealing ACA is unlikely

I have heard plenty of talk from the Republicans about repealing ACA.

“As unpopular as this healthcare bill is today, it’s at the height of its popularity,” (Roy) Blunt said. “The more the American people know about it, the more concerns they are going to have, and the more they are going to look at alternatives.”

From USA Today:

During the midterm election campaign, Republicans of all stripes united under one promise: to repeal healthcare reform. It was a key plank in the “Pledge to America,” the campaign platform unveiled by House Minority Leader John Boehner, and it became a rallying cry for Tea Party-backed candidates throughout the country.

From CBS:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Republicans “owe it to the American people” to try to repeal health care reform.

“This was a terrible bill,” McConnell said on “Face the Nation”Sunday.

McConnel said the results of Election Day meant that “People who supported us – political independents – want it repealed and replaced with something else. I think we owe it to them to try,” McConnell said.

As it turns out the Republicans are more bluster than substance. Are you surprised?

From NEJM:

Despite the talk of repeal, Congress will not pass any major health legislation over the next 2 years, and the health sector and private employers will be hard at work preparing for 2014, when many ACA provisions take effect. That does not make health care reform a fait accompli. Absent a miracle, the country will still face crushing budget deficits when the next president takes office. A Republican president, backed by a Republican Congress, would be wise to delay enrollment in the health insurance exchanges, using the time and money to develop a more targeted plan that closes off open-ended subsidies for health insurance and gets the economic incentives right. A Democratic president would do the same thing out of necessity — but it would take longer.