Breaking News – Supreme Court Unexpectedly Decides to Hear Obamacare Case

The United States Supreme Court just granted a request to hear the case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that I wrote about on my blog on January 27, 2020. At that time, it was called Texas v. United States, but for some confusing reasons that we don’t need to get intoContinue reading “Breaking News – Supreme Court Unexpectedly Decides to Hear Obamacare Case”

Is Drug Importation the Answer to High Drug Prices?

In last week’s blog post, I discussed some of the legislation being considered in an attempt to control drug prices. I concluded that piece indicating that this week’s blog piece would address another proposal that President Trump has talked about – allowing for the importation of drugs from other countries as a way to makeContinue reading “Is Drug Importation the Answer to High Drug Prices?”

If You are Freaked Out about the Coronavirus, Read This!

There is no doubt that the situation concerning coronavirus has worsened. I certainly felt more encouraged when the overwhelming majority of cases were confined to China. The spread of cases (but, keep in mind, we are talking very low numbers of cases) to 58 countries is disappointing and suggests early efforts to restrict travel wereContinue reading “If You are Freaked Out about the Coronavirus, Read This!”

Public Option – The Trojan Horse of Healthcare Reform

The Trojan Horse The political system is designed to bring disparate views toward middle ground. The healthcare proposals by Democrats and Republicans – “Medicare for all” and short-term and association health plans, respectively– that I referred to in last week’s blog post, could hardly be more diametrically different. There is another, little understood but perhapsContinue reading “Public Option – The Trojan Horse of Healthcare Reform”

Health Care and the 2020 Election

We enter into the 2020 election with very different views between Republicans and Democrats (and even within the Democratic party) as to how to solve our health-care challenges. Unfortunately, the national discussion is misguided. Despite the fact that health care is the number one issue for voters and their concern is how to pay forContinue reading “Health Care and the 2020 Election”

Health Care and The State of the Union

In his State of the Union speech before Congress last night, President Trump stated, “I’ve also made an ironclad pledge to American families. We will also protect patients with pre-existing conditions.” I have come to judge politicians not by what they say (not that that is not important), but what they do. Using this framework,Continue reading “Health Care and The State of the Union”

What You Need to Know about the New Coronavirus

Everything You Need to Know about the Wuhan Coronavirus (2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)) What is a virus? A virus is a small (you cannot see a virus with the naked eye) infectious agent that cannot replicate itself without infecting a host cell. But, once a virus infects a suitable host cell, its genetic material canContinue reading “What You Need to Know about the New Coronavirus”

If you are a health care leader, a board member, or just someone interested in understanding health care in the U.S., you need to know about this case!

Texas v. United States I have written about this case, a huge existential threat to the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), on a number of occasions. Even before this case attracted much media attention, and even though many legal scholars dismissed the challenge as being very weak, I was advising readers of my prior blog toContinue reading “If you are a health care leader, a board member, or just someone interested in understanding health care in the U.S., you need to know about this case!”