03 Oct 2011

Health Care: Adverse Selection, “Public Option,” and Insurance Exchanges

As I see it, one of the key messages that single-payer advocates must get across to both potential allies and to the general public is that competition in health care financing is counterproductive because of the nature of the health care market. A high percentage of the population has known

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04 Sep 2011

Hawaii Health Care Reform Update 09-04-11

After years of effort by Health Care for All Hawaii, spearheaded by the late Ah Quon McElrath and Jory Watland, the Hawaii Legislature passed a bill in 2009 (Act 11 2009) to create the Hawaii Health Authority (HHA), a 9-member board appointed by the Governor, charged with designing a “universal

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04 Sep 2011

Hawaii Governor Appoints Hawaii Health Authority

The Hawaii Health Authority has been appointed and sworn in. According to its enabling legislation, the HHA “shall be responsible for overall health planning for the state and shall be responsible for determining future capacity needs for health providers, facilities, equipment, and support services.” “The authority shall develop a comprehensive

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09 Aug 2011

The Devil or the Deep Blue Sea – Why Competition among Health Plans Can’t Help Us – II

Part II: Government-Funded Health Care Stephen B. Kemble, MD Part I summarized the problems inherent in use of competing private health insurance plans for health care financing. Part II looks at the implications of single-payer public funding of health care.   Consider H.R.676, the House single-payer bill kept “off the

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09 Aug 2011

The Devil or the Deep Blue Sea – Why Competition among Health Plans Can’t Help Us

Part I: Private Health Insurance Stephen B. Kemble, MD Part I summarizes the problems inherent in use of competing private health insurance plans for health care financing. Part II looks at the implications of single-payer public funding of health care.   Americans can be justifiably proud of our well-trained physicians

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