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Should the Affordable Care Act of 2010 Be Repealed?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Commentary In the July 2011 issue, The American Journal of Medicine published Should the Affordable Care Act of 2010 Be Repealed?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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James E. Dalen, MD, AJM Associate Editor

Should the Affordable Care Act of 2010 Be Repealed?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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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis) (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

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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Pamela Powers Hannley, MPH, AJM Managing Editor

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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American Journal of Medicine Editor Joseph Alpert

The 800-Pound Gorilla in the Healthcare Living Room

During my many years of academic medical administration, I learned that a successful decision where there were opposing factions was often one in which no one party was particularly happy with the outcome. This observation is probably true for most political compromises, including the recently enacted Obama healthcare reform act. On the left of the […]

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On the Critical List

On the Critical List: The US Institution of Medicine United States’ medicine, once regarded as the best in the world, is in a sorry state of health. The US ranks lowest on almost every dimension of health system performance relative to other major westernized nations.(1) It not only lags well behind Japan, Western Europe, and […]

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