Trump's negatives add upRe: "Trump says he erred in remark with Putin — Amid furor, he now says he agrees with intel agencies' view that Russians interfered," Wednesday news story. I have been a Donald Trump backer from the beginning. Skeptical now! Ever aware of the multitude of falsehoods he's spoken. But name a politician who doesn't misrepresent the truth — and often.Trump's accomplishments since he's been in office are overwhelming: jobs, tax reductions, economy, etc. But his appearance with President Valdimir Putin after their meeting showed the real Trump. He looked like a "whipped pup" when he entered the room. He wasn't the same old in-your-face, fiery, argumentative name-caller as before. His demeanor completely changed. He was soft-spoken, congenial and docile.Methinks Putin unloaded on him in the earlier private meeting, maybe making Trump aware that he had enough uncomplimentary information to completely destroy his personal reputation and … [Read more...] about Letters: Double negative, Democrats, Judge Kavanaugh, homeless in Dallas, health care, LGBTQ community
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Partisan hearings a disgraceRe: "FBI agent, GOP clash — At chaotic hearing, he insists he didn't impact job," Friday news story. Once again, a hearing investigating Peter Strzok's actions has deteriorated into one side, Democrats, hosting a P.R. session for disputing what the Republicans are investigating. In the past Republicans have done the same. It seems the truth is never acknowledged by the opposing party.Both parties should be extremely concerned when it appears a law enforcement department (FBI) has violated its faith with the public. Those agencies should not be able to hide behind "we cannot discuss investigations." That is a "get out of jail free" card for law enforcement. If members of Congress can not "bury the hatchet" for such a serious subject, they need to resign. Democrat or Republican, it makes no difference. The current climate is not only disgusting, but also a disgrace to see supposed grown-ups act that way.Tom Stamey, Fort WorthRants in Washington … [Read more...] about Letters: Congress, hate crimes, national health care, SITSA bill, LGBTQ families
Published 10:25 am, Monday, August 7, 2017 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Shop for health care with these websites and apps 1 / 1 Back to Gallery (BPT) - As our nation seeks solutions to help improve the health care system, there is at least one goal we can all agree on: the importance of making health care quality and cost information more accessible. This is an important effort that has the potential to help improve health outcomes and make care more affordable — laudable goals considering the nation’s health care system ranks among the least efficient in the world, according to a recent Bloomberg analysis. More widespread use of health quality and cost resources may be part of the solution. Providing health care prices to consumers, health care professionals and other stakeholders could reduce U.S. health care spending by more than $100 billion during the next decade, according to a 2014 report by the Gary and … [Read more...] about Shop for health care with these websites and apps
Co-payments and user fees: are they compatible with universal health care? Author : Naveen TennetiNaveen is a junior doctor at Monash Health in Melbourne, Australia. He is a current distance student of Economics and Development at the University of London and recently convened the 2015 Global Ideas Forum. Universal health care (UHC) aims to ensure that all people can access the health services they need without suffering from financial hardship. UHC, by its all-encompassing nature, is necessarily an expensive endeavour. The long-term benefits that accrue from healthier populations, however, far outweigh the short-term costs. Yet this doesn’t stop the foundations of UHC being targeted by the short-termism implicit in 24-hour media cycles and political turbulence. Particularly in higher-income countries, the moral panic of ageing populations and the burden of chronic disease have led to much hand-wringing and short-sighted proposals to reduce spending. Australia, … [Read more...] about Co-payments and user fees: are they compatible with universal health care?
This biweekly edition of health Wonk Review covers the recent news that health care cost inflation has moderated, digs into various aspects of ACA implementation, and provides insights on a couple other timely topics. Read on! Health care cost trends are slowing… First up, Health Affairs’ just-released research indicates the decline in inflation could result in a reduction of $770 billion (yup, that’s “billion” with a B) in public program health care costs over ten years. I can hear the cheering… For those looking for a thoughtful and comprehensive consideration of the sustainability of this trend, consider this post from John Holahan and Stacy McMorrow of the Urban Institute; “All of these factors taken together suggest that a return to a high historic growth rates in health care spending may not materialize….we…are cautiously optimistic.” John Roehrig is less optimistic, using research into economic cycles … [Read more...] about HWR on health care cost trends, reform implementation, and motivations