Healthcare

Executive order on improving price and quality transparency in healthcare

Today, President Trump did something long overdue to aid users of healthcare and their families. This executive order (EO), still does not provide for more people to become insured, without further marketplace changes, which are not encompassed in this EO. And the EO will not accomplish everything needing to be rectified by our vastly flawed health care system.

Vox on single payer: Kos triple-talk as usual

THOSE OF US

who used to play on a Certain Other Blog have grown accustomed to reading reams of what I now refer to as "Moulitsian Triple-Speak": lip service to progressive ideals used as a light coating over a heavy core of true loyalty to the Koch brothers and the billionaire class.

Please permit your humble scribe to submit the following article for your consideration. It appeared on the vox.com website, of which Markos Moulitsas is a founder. As I noted in this Comment, it may as well have been written by Markos himself.

The article: Medicare for all: company health insurance at risk under single payer

What Health Insurance?

I keep getting emails from healthcare.gov that read something like this:

The one and only deadline to apply for 2018 coverage is next week, and you have not yet submitted your application. Come back to HealthCare.gov and apply for coverage starting January 1.

Remember: All Marketplace plans offer essential benefits, such as emergency room visits and prescription drug coverage, as well as preventive care including important shots and screenings.

Single-Payer and the Constitution

Is national health insurance Constitutional? It's an issue we supporters of single-payer need to take seriously because our opponents will almost certainly argue that it is not in an attempt to prevent passage and will also challenge the Medicare for All Act on constitutional grounds when it becomes law.

What's Our Vehicle, Baby? (Why We Need One)

I have written in the past, via comments, that if we don't start learning how to prevent the co-option of our movement, we are toast. In addition, we must have a reliable way to get that message out: a vehicle if you will.

All you need do is look at history. TPTB, regardless of party affiliation, seem to always learn from their mistakes because they are greedy sociopaths/psychopaths. Their primary need is to be dominant. Whether it is having more money and/or power than 'name your deity' over those they deem to be less than, we must remember it is their prime motivator.

Trans-Friendly primary medical care?

The medical knowledge needed to treat transgender people is not particularly complex, but patients still often struggle to find doctors who are prepared to treat them.

The Atlantic has published a lengthy article encouraging training of primary physicians in the treatment of transgender patients.

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