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Polls Show That Americans Believe They Would Be Better Off With Healthcare Reform

A Kaiser Family Tracking Poll recently showed that 59% of Americans believe that America would be better off with congress passing healthcare reform and four out of 10 believe that they would be personally better off (http://www.kff.org/pullingittogether/022609_altman.cfm)!  This shouldn’t come as surprise us. I think we all know someone who lost their coverage. We’re talking about working folks who lost their jobs or […]

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Not For Profit Hospitals Take Heat From IRS in Dallas Texas

In a blog I wrote some time ago I reported on a story that appeared in the Wall Street Journal which described compared the charitable care from two not-for-profit hospitals in Chicago (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122893293185295179.html#articleTabs_comments). One was located in the toughest area of Chicago where 70% of the patients treated were on Medicaid. The other was located […]

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Elder Care and New Ways to Stimulate the Economy

The U.S. will see a massive increase in the numbers of both young -old (ages 60 to 74) and old-old (ages 75 or more)  adults over the next decade. Despite the evidence which shows that more, expensive hospital care just increases costs, not patient health or satisfaction of care, there has been a massive increase in […]

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Hurray!! Congress Passes SCHIP

After years of neglecting America’s children, compassion rises to the top in Washington. Despite little support from Republicans (surprise !surprise!), the Senate passed the SCHIP bill (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/30/us/politics/30health.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=schip&st=cse)! Now all it needs is the President’s signature. In these desperate economic times Republicans continue to oppose giving children the same healthcare insurance that they themselves are fortunate to have. It’s […]

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Fight Poverty to Become a Healthy Nation

After almost 4 months of blogging, I believe I am finally arriving at a theme to my posts- eradicating poverty to promote a healthy nation. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, the pursuit of liberty requires happiness which further requires health. You cannot be free unless you are healthy and happy. As Americans we all share these rights. […]

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