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    Congress swings and misses on healthcare reform efforts

     

    And Democrats, rather than acknowledging that there are areas in true need of repair with the Affordable Care Act, are simply trying to keep the other team off the field and discredit their players. Perhaps rather than focusing so much on defense, they should step up to bat with some ideas and see what happens.

    While there are strong parallels, healthcare reform can’t become a contest over who is “right” and who is “wrong” when it comes to healthcare reform. It is about doing what is right for the majority of Americans. Both Republicans and Democrats need to remember that. This is not a game. This is the lives of millions of Americans at stake when all is said and done. 

     

    In case you missed it: Q&A with ACP's Bob Doherty on the future of healthcare

     

    Don’t forget another parallel between baseball and politics. If you have a good year before you are about to become a free agent, that ensures you a job for another series of years, likely with more prestige and financial perks. 

    For many in political offices, contracts are coming up in 2018. So remember who made big promises and didn’t deliver before you decide who deserves to keep their job or perhaps should get taken out of the game.  

     

     

    Keith L. Martin is editorial director for Medical Economics. You can follow him on Twitter at @klmartin_ubm. And tell us what you think about healthcare reform at [email protected]

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    • Anonymous
      Excuse me, but are you a doctor? I find it interesting which quotes you led with in your headlines. Do you want another baseball analogy? Many with Obamacare "coverage" can't get to first base with the bat they've been given. In Michigan-- a state that drank the kool aide and expanded Medicaid-- that is costing millions, if not billions-- in ER visits. Can't get in to the doctor for your sore throat, sprained ankle, or UTI? Well, go to ER-- cuz now you have "coverage". The only entities that benefitted from the Medicaid expansion were the hospitals. Not the patients-- many of whom could afford to pay cash at a reduced rate (at urgent care or FP clinics--and I know because we used to see them)but now have a card that isn't accepted because the strings attached are too burdensome for the average physician. These high costs of Medicaid are unsustainable and Obamacare was going to bail out if its commitment in 2020 anyway. The increased reimbursements to physicians already expired. Let's remember that all of this was going to implode in a few months time, anyway. I see some extolling the virtues( and Bernie Sanders battle cry) of "Medicare for all!" First of all, who has only Medicare? I don't have a single patient with just Medicare. They are all either paying to supplement or they meet criteria for additional Medicaid coverage. My parents were shelling out another $1000/month for their insurance --with Medicare. Second, Medicare will be bankrupt in 11 years. For the one that commented that the lawmakers should have to get whatever they propose-- did she say that with Obamacare? As I recall, Nancy Pelosi exempted herself and all the Dems who voted for that crap from the Cadillac tax. And when the UAW and teachers union toppled the doors of the Whitehouse, threatening to withdraw their special interest pay offs to politicians, they were exempted too. Where is your journalistic integrity in covering this? When extolling the virtues of single payer, a minimal amount of research will find that these systems are crumbling and that people pay extra for insurance that gives them access to private hospitals, more accessible care. This goes for our neighbor to the North.And/or such countries are seeing an influx of immigrants with HIV, for example, to access "free" care, bankrupting their own coffers. I invite you to Detroit where I can introduce you to an FP who is having some challenge getting her patients ( many on Medicaid)in to dialysis clinics. Much of the problem is due to overcrowding with patients coming across the bridge/thru the tunnel from Canada, where waits for dialysis are so long, they will cross the border and pay out of pocket for their care. Put your BU degree to work and do some research. You should probably stay away from editorializing on something about which you lack expertise. Jumping from medical magazine to medical magazine does not count as real world experience.
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