Tag Archives: Affordable Care Act

Should the Affordable Care Act of 2010 Be Repealed? Another viewpoint from an AJM reader

Blog Commentary In the July 2011 issue, The American Journal of Medicine published Should the Affordable Care Act of 2010 Be Repealed? by James E. Dalen, MD, MPH, AJM associate editor and Dean Emeritus of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, in the Journal and on this blog. AJM has received several e-mails and […]

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Should the Affordable Care Act of 2010 Be Repealed?

Most Republicans in the 112th Congress pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act of 2010. When Speaker of the House John Boehner was asked why the Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he replied: “because ‘Obamacare’ would destroy the best health care delivery system in the world” (NBC News, January 6, 2011).(1) Does […]

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Ryan’s Medicare Overhaul

Ryan’s Medicare Overhaul: Would it increase the rate of medical bankruptcy? Blog Commentary With no Democratic support, the US House of Representatives passed Rep. Paul Ryan’s much-ballyhoo’d 2012 budget proposal on Friday, April 15, 2011. Rather than go into great detail regarding Ryan’s Path to Prosperity, I’m going to focus on one piece that could be […]

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Tort Reform Editorial Brings Multitude of Comments

Tort Reform: Liability Protection Removed from Connecticut’s New Healthcare Plan Blog Commentary A recent editorial in The American Journal of Medicine— The 800-Pound Gorilla in the Healthcare Living Room— resulted in a minor tidal wave of physician comments about the cost of defensive medicine in the US and the addition of tort reform to the […]

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Medical Bankruptcy in Massachusetts: Has Health Reform Made a Difference?

Health insurance coverage rates for Massachusetts debtors were higher in 2009 than in 2007 (89.0% vs 84.1%) and significantly higher than the national average in 2007 (89.0% vs 69.7%). Despite broad insurance coverage in Massachusetts after reform, bankruptcy filings due to medical costs did not decrease significantly between 2007 and 2009. There is a web […]

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