Senator McCain’s Vote

(Disclosure: This post appeared originally on a private social media page.) I want to be respectful, but John McCain’s vote on healthcare does not have my respect. He is in fragile health, and the best care is available to him. Others in fragile health are closer to losing their insurance now. John McCain’s career in the U.S. Senate has been a series of gray areas. I hoped he would do the right thing in preserving the Affordable Care Act, but loyalty to his political party outweighed any loyalty he might have toward less privileged people who are also dealing with … Continue reading Senator McCain’s Vote

The Affordable Care Act is Safe, For Now

For the time being, it looks as if our health insurance won’t be pulled out from under us. We’d better not get too comfortable, though.  Repealing the ACA, with or without replacing it with a substandard system, is one of Donald Trump’s obsessions.  Many Republicans in Congress share that obsession. If you live in a state/district where your representation sides with Trump, you must make your wishes known to your elected officials (it also helps if you’re registered to vote, and show up at the polls).  Some people have already done that, which may have a lot to do with … Continue reading The Affordable Care Act is Safe, For Now

GOP Gives up on Healthcare Demolition For Now

This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page. It says a lot when a Republican defeat saves lives.  That happened today, when the GOP-majority Congress declined to gut the current system for health coverage, a.k.a. Obamacare.  Apparently, some constituents in Republican districts don’t want the proverbial rug pulled out from under them when they need to see a doctor, and they made that clear to their elected officials.  Then, by some weird twist of fate, a handful of Members of Congress listened to constituents instead of obeying the spoiled rich kid in the White House. … Continue reading GOP Gives up on Healthcare Demolition For Now

Is The Nearest Hospital Out-Of-Network?

At the bottom of this post, you’ll find a link to a news story on the NBC affiliate website in New York City.  Please click the link to read/hear the details because they’re complicated.  It concerns a hospital in New Jersey which sent an inflated bill to a patient after a common urgent care procedure. This example should prompt discussions on more than one issue.  Yes, some hospitals are in danger of closing because their income doesn’t cover overhead (it has already happened to some of them).  It’s also true that an outrageous bill can be a real source of … Continue reading Is The Nearest Hospital Out-Of-Network?