April 10, 2012
I can empathize withRobert L. Ehrlich Jr.in his hope that the Supreme Court will strike down Obamacare in its entirety ("Obamacare and birth control: Women's health isn't the issue," April 8). The Affordable Care Act that became law bears little resemblance to the bill that was introduced, only to be slashed, ripped, compromised and otherwise reduced to a few good points. And now those few good points are being nibbled at afresh. It's pathetic that the Administration had to declare some form of victory in what emerged as the ACA because, although it brings medical care to certain ranks of the uninsured, I can see no great savings at the governmental or personal level.
October 1, 2009
We need a public option The issue of national health insurance reform can be accurately explained in complex detail or simply and conceptually. Either way, economists, experts, business leaders, the AARP and most doctors, nurses, hospitals and American citizens agree - reform legislation must be signed into law this year or the economic consequences will be dire for our country, for businesses and for American families. Additionally, real improvements in quality health care, such as prevention, will only come if there's reform.
June 10, 2009
Nearly a century has passed since initial discussions began in the United States about the need for national health insurance - and we're still talking about it. Now, President Barack Obama and House leaders have committed to a July 31 deadline for moving a health reform bill through the House. This bill focuses on three core principles: reducing rising health care costs, allowing Americans the ability to choose their own doctors and their own plans, and ensuring quality, affordable health care for all Americans.
October 29, 2007
Michael Moore's film Sicko gave a big boost to the movement for single-payer national health insurance this year. But even those turned off by Mr. Moore's less-than-subtle style will find many reasons to support a single-payer system. As the number of uninsured and underinsured Americans continues to rise and medical costs spiral out of control, these reasons are increasingly compelling. As doctors at an urban hospital, we see uninsured patients in the emergency room with serious illnesses that easily could have been prevented with appropriate preventive care.
September 10, 2007
Make medical care available for all I agree with Thomas Sowell that people should take responsibility for how they use health care dollars and insurance and for how they care for themselves and use medical facilities, including ERs ("Let's not confuse lack of insurance with lack of care," Opinion * Commentary, Sept. 5). I also see his point that national health insurance would not be free. However, Mr. Sowell notes that in the past he was "lucky enough not to have any heavy duty medical expenses that would have required major operations or a long-term hospital stay."
November 10, 2004
LOS ANGELES - California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, satisfied by millions of dollars in concessions to the state, cleared the way yesterday for health care giants Anthem Inc. and WellPoint Health Networks Inc. to complete their multibillion-dollar merger. Anthem announced plans in October last year to acquire WellPoint in a deal valued at $16.4 billion, but Garamendi's refusal in July to approve the transfer of its Blue Cross Life & Health subsidiary, which has 7 million members in California, stalled the process.