Archive for the ‘health care reform’ Category

ObamaCare’s effect on us

Monday, January 6th, 2014

TL;DR: Premium costs reduced by more than a third. Annual deductible reduced by more than 90%. We have much, much better health insurance for much less cost. **** Full disclosure: I worked in and around U.S. healthcare for over 30 years. My clients have included essentially all aspects of the health care system, ...

Facing the Future

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

  I compiled my thoughts on the primary challenges the United States faces in the coming decade, and ways to overcome them, here: http://www.hackneys.com/docs/facingthefuture.pdf The primary focus in this collection is on domestic challenges, although some geopolitical issues are addressed. .

A Perfect Storm

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

  “…our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.  Now we are … testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.” – Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address ******* The United States ...

Health Care Reform, the Napkin Version

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Back in March, I posted a series on Health Care Reform: Thoughts on Health Care Reform Health Care Reform FAQ Health Care Reform: The Options Health Care Reform: The Cost Drivers – One Academic’s View Health Care Reform: $2.4 Trillion and $85.6 Trillion My goal was to lay a foundation of impartial information before the hyper-partisan  media, parties, ...

Health Care Reform: $2.4 Trillion and $85.6 Trillion

Friday, March 20th, 2009

  The web site pagetutor.com put up an excellent illustration of what 1 trillion dollars looks like. The original site is here: http://www.pagetutor.com/trillion/index.html I excerpted the post here to help illustrate how much the United States spends on health care. What does one TRILLION dollars look like? We'll start with a $100 dollar bill, currently the ...

Health Care Reform: The Cost Drivers – One Academic’s View

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

What drives the rapidly escalating increases for the cost of health care in the United States? The following are the views of one PhD on that topic. Key excerpts: 80% of total health care spending linked to chronically ill patients Rise in obesity prevalence in the US accounted for 27% of the growth in ...

Health Care Reform: The Options

Friday, March 13th, 2009

. There are a plethora of plans and proposals for the reform of the U.S. health care system being promoted by every imaginable interest group, vested interest and limelight seeking politician. I have gathered a few repsentative samples here to give you an idea of what is being offered. It is very ...

Health Care Reform FAQ

Friday, March 13th, 2009

  A PDF file version of this post is available here: http://www.hackneys.com/docs/healthcarereformfaq.pdf =================================================================== Q: Why should I care about health care system reform in the United States? A: Because: The nation can no longer afford the current system, not on an individual, family, business, state or national level. Left unchecked, health care system spending will reach ...

Thoughts on Health Care Reform

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

I was recently asked by our friend, Gary DuBois, to join a conversation of Americans, ex-patriots and citizens of other countries about the state of the health care system in the United States and prospects for meaningful reform. Gary asked me to participate based on my work in the health ...