Tag Archives: Affordable Care Act
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Should the Affordable Care Act of 2010 Be Repealed?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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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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Medical Bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: Results of a National Study

In 2001 in 5 states sampled, it was found that medical problems contributed to at least 46.2% of all bankruptcies. Since then, health costs and the numbers of un- and underinsured have increased, and bankruptcy laws have tightened. Despite these factors, medical related bankruptcy increased to 62.1% of all bankruptcies in 2007. Illness and medical […]

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