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  1. The writer of that piece, David Grazter, has a history of distorting opinions to suit his own political agenda. Mediamatters reported on how an op-ed piece of his falsely suggested that Canadian orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brian Day, a former president of the Canadian Medical Association, was in favor of the U.S. health care system. (source) Also, see my post here on more about Gratzer, plus a funny clip of him squirming while being questioned by Dennis Kucinich during a House HELP hearing.
  2. I thought so too.
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    Obama's health plan takes shape

    And now, for some health care reform humor, with charts! Courtesy of Ezra Klein from the WaPo. John Boehner's office tries to make the House Dems' plan look really scary, via chart! (click for larger version) Here's the Dems' response to Boehner's chart: Not to be outdone, The New Republic then made a chart of the current health-care system, in all of its convoluted glory!
  4. Here you go: Side-by-side comparison of major health care reform proposals
  5. U.S. Health Spending Breaks From the Pack The U.S. is the only industrialized country that doesn't have universal health care, and it spends a much higher percentage of its GDP, and much more per person, on health care than its peers. Since 1980, the percentage of GDP spent on health care in the U.S. has risen by about 7%, whereas the average for the other OECD countries has risen by 2.3%.
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    Interview with a former health insurance company exec

    The former CIGNA exec, Wendell Porter, was on Bill Moyer's Journal recently. You can watch the video of the interview on the PBS site. From the transcript: On why he started speaking out: On Michael Moore's "Sicko": On a public plan:
  7. Is Colorado's nurse shortage driving hospitals to overlook painkiller thefts? (Full article here)
  8. nevada nursing board investigates renown nursing managers (reno gazette-journal) the nevada state board of nursing is investigating complaints against five renown regional medical center managers and the hospital's emergency department for enforcing policies that allegedly placed nurses and patients in danger and violated wage and hour laws. a nurse fired from renown this week gave a copy of the 30-page complaint to the reno gazette-journal along with internal e-mails he said substantiate the allegations that state laws were broken. hospital officials said thursday they have been notified of the nursing board's investigation but aren't aware of specific allegations. in a statement thursday, the hospital said it has "confidence in these nursing leaders and believes the allegations are without merit." renown spokesman don butterfield said the newspaper's copy of the complaints came from a disgruntled former employee, and the complaints were made to the nursing board by another nurse who retired in may. both nurses were union leaders at the hospital until recently. "(the complaints) are nothing more than unsubstantiated and disparaging allegations," the renown statement said. "the fact that several allegations were filed at the same time and aimed at several nursing leaders causes us to believe that an individual or an organization with an agenda is behind them." stu talley, a registered nurse fired from renown on wednesday, said he was terminated for failing to attend a four-hour class saturday. he said the penalty had more to do with his union affiliation than the fact that he mixed up his schedule. "the corporate culture at renown is that nurses are disposable," he said. "money comes first, not patients. (the allegations) are substantiated by e-mail exhibits and the testimony of people who were there. the ongoing practices put nurses and their patients in danger." the complaint was filed by marvel bramwell, a renown nurse who retired in may. she lives in colorado and could not be reached for comment thursday. in her complaint letter, she wrote, "collectively, the rns have given renown every opportunity to make corrections," but the hospital refused to make changes. the complaints allege: that nurses were required to draw blood from patients without proper protection from blood-borne diseases and in ways that might render lab tests invalid. that nurses were required to make blood draws from multiple patients, which delayed testing and put patients at risk. that patients were being transported from the emergency room to hospital rooms before their conditions were fully evaluated, and patients were being misplaced or put into "inappropriate" rooms. for example, the complaint said a patient from the emergency room was put into a room with another patient who was dying and a "suicidal patient" was placed in a room at the end of a hall far from the sight of the nursing station. the complaint alleges a case of an "unreported patient" admitted during the day and unexpectedly discovered by a night nurse. that nurses aren't given enough time to write charts for patients and are forbidden to do the work on their own time or put in for overtime. that decreased nursing staff and high patient loads routinely put patients lives in danger.butterfield said there are more than 1,200 nurses at renown. the hospital's statement said the nurses are "dedicated to serving the community and put their patients first" and that internal methods are available for them to put forward their concerns or complaints. "it is a disservice to these nursing leaders (named in the complaints) for anyone to publicly disparage them without substantiation," renown's statement said. "we have confidence in our nurses and nursing leaders and believe these allegations are without merit."
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    Obama's health plan takes shape

    Anti-public plan Sen. DeMint inadvertently concedes that public plan won't take over the market (source)
  10. A Kaiser Foundation study found that many American companies do not offer health insurance to employees. Very small companies in particular are especially unlikely to provide such benefits: Even those that do provide benefits, of course, generally do not cover the full cost of the insurance premium. Most cover just a small fraction of that cost, and relatively few cover a majority of the expense:
  11. CDC: Private health care coverage at 50-year-low
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    Physicians' perspectives on health care reform

    Getting a second opinion on healthcare reform: There are voices besides the AMA LA Times
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    Insurance Executive Admits To Killing Patients

    New Report: Private Insurance Mergers Lead to Near-Monopolies Across the Country Full article here
  14. who's afraid of public insurance? full article at national journal the writer discusses several recent surveys and polls showing high support for a public option - check out the consumer assessment of healthcare providers and systems survey he mentions. cahps is an initiative of the department of health and human services that developed a standardized survey questionnaire used by virtually all health insurance plans -- public and private -- to assess patient satisfaction. most private insurers use the cahps questionnaire and disclose the data to the national committee for quality assurance in order to receive their accreditation. so thanks to cahps, we have a massive collection of data comparisons of how patients experience and rate medicare, medicaid and private insurance. those comparisons show the depth of medicare's popularity. according to a national cahps survey conducted by the centers for medicare and medicaid services in 2007, 56 percent of enrollees in traditional fee-for-service medicare give their "health plan" a rating of 9 or 10 on a 0-10 scale. similarly, 60 percent of seniors enrolled in medicare managed care rated their plans a 9 or 10. but according to the cahps surveys compiled by hhs, only 40 percent of americans enrolled in private health insurance gave their plans a 9 or 10 rating. more importantly, the higher scores for medicare are based on perceptions of better access to care. more than two thirds (70 percent) of traditional medicare enrollees say they "always" get access to needed care (appointments with specialists or other necessary tests and treatment), compared with 63 percent in medicare managed care plans and only 51 percent of those with private insurance. he also suggests two reasons why people are so easily talked out of expanding the medicare experience: first, younger americans not enrolled in medicare do not share the enthusiasm of seniors for the program. six years ago, the kaiser foundation asked a national sample of adults to rate the medicare program. medicare was hugely popular among those aged 65 or greater. eighty percent rated medicare favorably. similarly, more than half of seniors (62 percent) considered medicare "well run" compared to only 28 percent willing to say the same of "private health plans such as ppos and hmos that people get through their jobs." those under 65, however, had very different views. only 45 percent rated medicare favorably. only 36 percent considered it well run, as compared to 47 percent who said the same about private health plans. while 73 percent of those over 65 said medicare allowed patients to choose any doctor, only 28 percent of those under 65 agreed. second, the older americans who like medicare see little to gain from the public option since they like the coverage they have now. democratic pollster stanley greenberg finds "little support among seniors" for reform. a recent survey conducted by greenberg's democracy corps found a narrow plurality among all voters favoring "president obama's plan to change the health care system" (43 percent to 38 percent), but net opposition among seniors (34 percent to 50 percent). so, the americans experienced with "government-run" health insurance like what they have and don't want to change it, and younger americans enthusiastic for change don't know what they're missing.
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    Insurance Executive Admits To Killing Patients

    We Must Stop the Rampant Fraud in the Health Care Industry by Sen. Bernie Sanders (a real health care reformer)
  16. I can't think of any other reason besides greed. You'd think the insurance companies would do a better job of sniffing out bogus claims though. i mean, these guys were able to get away with it for seven years!
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