Month: November 2009

The Abortion Debate

If you have been following the recent news cycle, you would notice it has been very quiet when it comes to the healthcare debate.  That is about to change on Monday when the Senate starts debating the bill released a few weeks back, the one that looks very similar to the Finance Committee version with an added tax on Medicare wages for high income Americans…

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Don’t Worry About Your Mammogram

The big news this week was the recent report by the non-partisan, government sponsored, expert panel of physicians and scientists “the US preventative Services Task Force” recommending a major change in guidelines for screening mammography.  The report suggested women between 40-49 should not be screened and women 50-59 should be screened once every other year instead of annually.  Ok, so basically everyone agrees this is nuts.  Women are outraged, physicians seem to universally disagree with the findings, and so does HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  In fact, the main conclusion in the report was you get 81% of the benefit over the current screening guidelines if we make the change (and save lots of money) but what about the 19% of people who would not benefit?

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It’s Quiet Out There

If you are following the healthcare reform debate as closely as I am, you will notice it was very quiet this week.  After the release of the House bill last Saturday night, I expected a crazy amount of news coverage all week.  I was on Fox News Monday morning talking about the bill, but that was it for me.  After thinking about it for a while, I realized why the news was so quiet.  There was really nothing new to talk about.  Sure the details of the bill came out in terms of the funding mechanisms (see my blog from last week) – the controversial aspects of cost control and true health system reform are quite vague in the House Bill.  The Senate will get another crack at this in the coming days and weeks and I do expect to see more details on the cost control/reform side.  It will be less expensive than the House version, which we already know.  Where this ultimately ends is anyone’s guess.  I had planned on talking in great detail about the House bill on my radio show last Thursday (Sirius 114/XM 119 – Thursday 12-2 pm) but we did not even have a chance to bring it up…

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It’s Really Here – Now What

Saturday nights passage of the over $1.1 TRILLION House healthcare Bill marks a milestone in the in the reform process.  Who would have thought we would get this far?  Truth be told, I did.  While this is not the bill I would ultimately support, it’s a giant step forward in the process to transform and fix our healthcare system to guarantee access to healthcare for everyone…

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Where to turn?

Rubinhealth.com has been up for a couple of months and I really love the opportunity to post my thoughts on healthcare and reform.  The blog is really just an extension of my radio show, Healthcare Connect on Sirius 114/XM 119, each Thursday.  I am happy with how many hits we get each day and the number of new viewers grows each week.  While I do not get many questions on the site, I tend to hear one consistent problem in all the emails sent to me – “where do I go for healthcare insurance because I can not get any coverage?”  More often than not, the inability to get coverage is the result of a preexisting condition.  This issue represents to me the biggest failure in our healthcare system today.  I get so upset when good hard working people, who are willing to pay premiums, cannot find anyone willing to provide them insurance.  It’s a national disgrace…
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Pre-existing Conditions Exclusions

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Important healthcare benefit information for federal employees

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